Packers vs. Cardinals: Play-by-play from Lambeau Field

Nov 4, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) celebrates a touchdown with fans during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

On the final play of the third quarter, a 72-yard TD pass to Tom Crabtree from Aaron Rodgers (his 4th TD of the day) broke open a game that was first dominated by the Packers, and then turned to the Cardinals before  Crabtree’s TD.

Crabtree’s catch and run down the middle of the field highlighted a Packers win that included a stout defense, great clock management and Randall Cobb.

The Packers second year player was the star in this game; He had 202 total yards today; he caught three passes for 37 yards, ran 2 times for 29 yards; “I’ve got to catch it … dropped a few today,” Cobb said after the game.

He did catch and run enough to help the Packers rush for over 100 yards for the first time in an eternity.

Aaron Rodgers’ pass completion percentage took a hit today, but he did throw for four touchdowns, completing 14 of 30 for 218 yards. He did throw one pick on a great pick by Randall Gay. However, it didn’t hurt the Packers and Rodgers performance was good enough for another win and send the team into the by with a 6-3 record, just a game behind the Bears in the standings.

In the last four games, Rodgers has 15 TD passes to just 1 interception.

The Green Bay Packers host the Arizona Cardinals today in what may be described as a “must-win” for both teams – but then every game is a must in the NFL.

The Packers look to show improvement in its run game and most importantly in the play of the offensive line. Consistency and ball control will be imperative for the Packers.

The Cardinals started this season with four straight wins, followed by four straight losses, including one to the Vikings. This is a team with no offense at this point of the year. Their offensive line is even worse than the Packers, having given up a league-leading 39 sacks in the first half of the season.

So, here we go with our weekly play-by-play account of this game:

Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers – Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Start time: Noon

Attendance: Sell-out

Gametime temp
40°F
Windchill: 40°F
Mostly Cloudy

 

First half

Arizona wins the toss

Mason Crosby kicks off to 5. Powell with return to 16.

First and 10 two yard pass to tight end Jeff King

Second and 8 from 18 Skelton throws down right sideline … one-handed by Larry Fitzgerald, but out of bounds

Thrid and 8 Mike Neal gets the sack on Skelton. Beats Daryn Colledge, former Packer left guard

Punt to the 50, Cobb 28-yard return on the punt to the Cardinals 20

First and 10 Rodgers sacked under a pile of Cards. Calais Campbell gets credit for sack

Second and 20, Starks slips on run wide ride, but gets up and picks up four

Third and 16 from the Cardinals 26 Rodgers scrambles left, throws a dart to Randall Cobb, but just out of his reach

Crosby 44 FG – MISSES LEFT

Packers drive: 3 plays, -6 yards

 

Cardinals second possession

First and 10, Lerod Stephens-Howling for 1

Second and 9 from their own 35, Skelton throws quick out to Howling for first down

First and 10 from 49, Howling for 5

Second and 5 from Packers 46, Skelton pass dropped by TE Housler

Third and 5, Pass to left sideline to Fitzgerald dropped.

Fourth and 5, punt to Cobb fair catch to Packers 16

 

Packers second possession

First and 10 from own 16 Rodgers in shotgun inside handoff to Alex Green for 3

Second and 7, pass to James Jones over the middle for 8

First and 10 packers in no huddle Rodgers runs up the middle for 25 yards

First and 10 from Cards 47, Rodgers in gun, quick pass to Jermichael Finley for six

Second and 4, in gun Rodgers hands off to Green over left tackle and rips off 21 yards. Jones with nice block, Green with nice stiff-arm

First and 10, Rodgers runs and slides for three yards

Second and 8 from Cards attempted screen incomplete

Third and 8 Rodgers dances around great coverage, Rodgers goes through entire progression and then runs for 11

First and goal, Rodgers scrambles left, nobody open, starts to run, but tackled at line of scrimmage

Second and goal from 8, Rodgers to Jordy Nelson, but Nelson hurt on catch, limps off field – Cardinals challenge catch – to add insult, the ruling on the field of a catch is overruled.

Third and goal, false start on Finley

Third and goal from the 13, quick hitter pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb over the middle and he runs through the Arizona defense aided by a great block by Donald Driver. Cobb’s fifth TD of the season

Drive: 11 plays, 84 yards in 4:49

Packers 7 Cardinals 0

 

Cardinals third possession

Crosby kicks off to Cards – touchback

First and 10 at their own 20, Howling for 4

Second and 6, Skelton in gun, inside handoff to Howling for 5

Third and 1 from the Cardinals 29, I formation, Howling over center needs only inches, but gets just enough

First and 10, Skelton under center is pressured and throws it into the ground

Second and 10, Skelton under center handoff to Howling for 3 up the middle

Cardinals Time out – first

Third and 7, Skelton in gun, Cardinals penalty – false start

Third and 12, pass to Fitzgerald right at the first down marker

First and 10 from own 40, Skelton hands to Howling, who is hit in backfield, but squirms for 2

Second and 8, pass to Doucette tipped by receiver and it falls incomplete

Third and 8, pass by Skelton to a double-covered Fitzgerald falls incomplete

Fourth down punt rolls to the Packers 17

 

Packers third possession

First and 10, Rodgers throws incomplete to James Jones

Second and 10, Rogers on play action passes to left side for 17 yards

First and 10 from own 34, Rodgers hands off to Alex Green up the middle for 6

End of first quarter

Packers start from own 40, second and 4, Rodgers in gun, rolls right, throws to Cobb, but the ball intercepted by Randall Gay – Under review by booth – Gay actually caught the ball as he was rolling over Cobb who was on the ground trying to make the catch. Reviewed and call on field of interception stands

Rodgers’ fifth interception of the season

 

Cardinals ball on the turnover

First and 10 from the Packers 43, Skelton long pass to Andre Roberts down to the Packers 3. Hayward beaten on coverage.

First and goal, handoff to Howling to 1

Second and goal, Howling breaks tackle by Jarrett Bush and runs to corner of end zone for the Touchdown

Extra point by Fiedler

 Drive: 3 plays, 43 yards in 1:27

Packers 7 Cardinals 7

 

Packers fourth possession

Kickoff to Packers -touchback

First and 10 from the 20, quick pitch right to Cobb who gets 11 yards

First and 10 from 31, handoff to Starks who makes good cut off left tackle for 4

Second and 6, Rodgers under center with Cobb in backfield, stretch handoff to Cobb for 12 yards – great run; Bulaga comes out with injury

First and 10, Starks with good move off the right side for 9

Second and 1, Rodgers under center, hands off to Starks for three

First and 10, reshuffled offensive line, Starks for three

Lang to right tackle and Dietrich Smith in at left guard

Second and 5, pass incomplete to Cobb

Third and five from Cardinals 38, offsides, free play pass over middle to Cobb falls incomplete

Third and 1, Rodgers in gun with Alex Green lined up to his right

Time out Packers -first

Third and 1, Green hit right at line, but picks up first down – big hit by Kerry Rhodes

First and 10, Quick pass to Tom Crabtree dropped

Second and 10, ball at Cardinals 32, rodgers stumbles and throws a strike to Donald Driver who drops; Rodgers grimaces. Packers have had 4 drops in the first half

Third and 10, Rodgers in gun, pass to Driver tipped up and caught by Driver

First and 10, Rodgers in gun, lobs a pass to Cobb who makes fantastic catch right side of end Zone – TD – Second TD catch by Cobb; Rodgers second TD pass of the day; 23 TD passes by Rodgers this season

Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards in 5:42

Packers 14 Cardinals 7

Packers

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Rodgers 6/14 76 2 1

Kickoff to Powell returns to 22

Cardinals possession

First and 10, Howell for three

Second and 7, Skelton under center, drops back and throws incomplete toward Roberts

Third and 7, Early Doucette juggles a pass and drops it after he had enough for a first down; Skelton crushed after the pass by Clay Matthews

Fourth and 7 punt, delay of game on Cardinals

Fourth and 12 punt to Cobb at the 23, returned to the 25 Cobb concussion

 

Packers fifth possession

First and 10, Rodgers under center, hands to Starks, runs for four and fumbles; Ball bounces around and Aaron Rodgers dives from out of nowhere to recover

Second and 3, screen to Green for 6

First and 10 ball at 38, Green for 2 off right tackle; fight breaks out, but no flag

Second and 8, Green with delayed handoff for 3,

Second and 3, pass to Jones for 6 first down

First and 10, Screen to Green for 20 to the 31; well executed play with great downfield blocking. Good to see the Packers running screens once again.

First and 10 at 31, quick pass to Boykin gets 1

Second and 9, Rodgers in gun, Green in backfield, James Jones makes incredible catch over the cornerback for Touchdown. Rodgers third TD of the day; Jones has 8 TD Passes this season.

Crosby extra point

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards in 4:39

Packers 21 Cardinals 7

1:54 left in the first half

 

Kickoff Crosby – touchback

Cardinals possession

First and 10 at 20, pass to Fitzgerald for 9,

Second and 1, pass to Fitzgerald for 11, nearly intercepted

First and 10, handoff to Howling for six

Second and 5 from Cardinals 41, Skelton pass to TE for 9

First and 10, Skelton sacked for rookie Mike Daniels on stunt

Second and 20

Cardinals time out

Second and 20, from own 40, pass to Doucette knocked down by M.D. Jennings

Third and 20, in gun, quick pass to Doucette dropped

Fourth down and 20 punt Cobb back in game fair catch at the 15

 

Packers sixth possession

First and 10, 23 seconds left, Rodgers takes a knee.

Packers 21 Cardinals 7

End of first half

 

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  • Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

GB PackersRandall Cobb 13 yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby extra point is GOOD), 5:31 Drive: 11 plays, 84 yards in 4:49
Green Bay 7-0

2nd Quarter

Ari CardinalsLaRod Stephens-Howling 1 yard TD run (Jay Feely extra point is GOOD), 13:26 Drive: 3 plays, 43 yards in 1:27
Tied 7-7
GB PackersRandall Cobb 21 yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby extra point is GOOD), 7:44 Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards in 5:42
Green Bay 14-7
GB PackersJames Jones 28 yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby extra point is GOOD), 1:54 Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards in 4:39
Green Bay 21-7

Cardinals

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Skelton 7/17 93 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Stephens-Howlin 10 30 1 6
Powell 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Fitzgerald 3 27 0 12
Roberts 1 40 0 40
Stephens-Howlin 1 14 0 14
Floyd 1 9 0 9
Housler 1 3 0 3

 

Packers

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Rodgers 11/19 137 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Green 6 39 0 21
Rodgers 5 36 0 25
Starks 6 28 0 9
Cobb 2 23 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Jones 4 61 1 28
Cobb 2 34 2 21
Green 2 25 0 19
Driver 1 10 0 10
Finley 1 6 0 6
Boykin 1 1 0 1
Fumbles FUM LOST REC-O
Starks 1 0 0
Rodgers 0 0 1

 

Cardinals

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Skelton 7/17 93 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Stephens-Howlin 10 30 1 6
Powell 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Fitzgerald 3 27 0 12
Roberts 1 40 0 40
Stephens-Howlin 1 14 0 14
Floyd 1 9 0 9
Housler 1 3 0 3
Interceptions NO YDS LG TD
Gay 1 6 6 0
Defense TACKLES ASST SACKS
Campbell 4 2 0.5
Rhodes 4 0 0
Washington 3 2 0
Fleming 3 0 0
Schofield 3 0 0
Peterson 2 1 0
Acho 2 0 0
Lenon 1 1 0
Wilson 1 1 0
Carter 1 0 0
Williams 1 0 0
Dockett 0 2 0.5
Fumbles FORCED REC-D
Lenon 1 0

 

Packers

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Rodgers 11/19 137 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Green 6 39 0 21
Rodgers 5 36 0 25
Starks 6 28 0 9
Cobb 2 23 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Jones 4 61 1 28
Cobb 2 34 2 21
Green 2 25 0 19
Driver 1 10 0 10
Finley 1 6 0 6
Boykin 1 1 0 1
Fumbles FUM LOST REC-O
Starks 1 0 0
Rodgers 0 0 1
Defense TACKLES ASST SACKS
Hayward 3 2 0
Burnett 3 1 0
Jones 2 3 0
Hawk 2 0 0
House 2 0 0
McMillian 2 0 0
Daniels 1 0 1
Neal 1 0 1
Pickett 0 2 0
Jennings 0 1 0
Walden 0 1 0
Wilson 0 1 0

 

Interesting stats: Packers first half: 126 rushing yards, 127 passing. Most rushing yards in 1H for Packers since 2008 vs. Detroit.

 

Second half

Cardinals kickoff by Jay Feeley to Randall Cobb with a 43 yard slicing return

Packers first possession of second half

First and 10 from the Packers 48, in gun, handoff to Green for 4

Second and 6 Rodgers scrambles right, throws across the field ala Brett Favre, but the pass fall short and incomplete

Third and 6, ball at Cardinals 48, Rodgers in gun, Cardinals offside

Third and 1, Rodgers in gun with Green in backfield, quick slant to Jones over the middle incomplete knocked down by Patrick Peterson

Fourth down punt by Masthay, ball bounces into the end zone for a touchback

 

Cardinals first possession of second half

First and 10 from 20, Skelton pass knocked into air by Casey Hayward, topped ball picked off by LB Erik Walden

 

Packers second possession

First and 10 from Cardinals 13, handoff to Green for 2

Second and 8, in gun, Rodgers lots of time throws the ball away toward Green in right flat

Third and 8, Rodgers in gun overthrows Jones in left corner of the end zone incomplete

Crosby 33-yard FG is GOOD

4 plays, 2 yards in 0:45

Packers 24 Cardinals 7

 

Kickoff Packers to Cardinals Powell good return to the 28

Cardinals second possession

First and 10 from 28, Skelton handoff to Howling for 3

Second and 7, Skelton under center passes to Fitzgerald who had fallen on the play along the left sideline

Third and 7, Skelton from the gun, pass to Housler dropped – five drops by Cardinals receivers on the day

Cardinals

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Skelton 7/20 93 0 1

Fourth down punt shanked to 50 yard line

 

Packers third possession

First and 10 from own 50 yard line, Green for 2

Second and 8, Rodgers in gun has ALL day, but can’t find anyone open and he throws it away

Third and 8, Rodgers attempts pass, but falls incomplete as he loses control of the ball

Fourth and 8 punt by Masthay – to Patrick Peterson who muffs the ball, but recovers ball

 

Cardinals third possession

First and 10 from their own 13, Skelton passes to Michael Floyd for 15 yards

First and 10 from 30, Clay Matthews has Skelton in his grasp and throws the ball away.

Second and 10, Skelton throws and the pass is broken up by Jarron McMillian

Third and 10, ball at 30, Skelton completes to Housler for 11 and first down

First and 10 from the 41, Skelton play action hits Andre Roberts for 23 over the middle; Roberts hurt on play

First and 10, ball at Packers 36, Dezman Moses tips ball on outside rush and pass is incomplete

Second and 10, from gun, handoff to Howling who is hit in backfield, gets up and gets 5 yards – Packers challenge spot of the ball – After review – call on field upheld. GB loses time out

Third and 5, Skelton pass to Fitgerald for catch and run for TD

Feeley Extra point

Drive: 8 plays, 87 yards in 2:55

Packers 24 Cardinals 14

 

Cardinals kickoff to Cobb from goal line return to the 22

Packers possession

First and 10, Rodgers rolls right and hits Boykin for 6

Second and 4, Starks stretch play for 3

Third and 1, Rodgers under center, handoff to Green stuffed

Fourth down punt by Masthay (third punt of second half), fair catch by Peterson at 20

 

Cardinals possession

First and 10 at their own 20, Howling runs to the edge for 10

First and 10, Skelton from gun throws short in the flat to Howling

Second and 10, ball at Cards 35, pass to Housler for 11 first down

First and 10, Skelton under center hand off to Howling who churns ahead for five

Second and 5, pass to Housler down to the 28 for first down

First and 10 from Packers 28, Skelton to FB Sherman for 2

Matthews not in – out with injury

Second and 7, Skelton to Roberts to the 11

Cardinals time out – first

First and 10 from Packers 11, Skelton in gun, passes out of the back of the end zone.

Second and 10, 2:20 in third; Skelton hits Fitzgerald for 9 to the 2

Fourth and 1, Mike Daniels and AJ Hawk stuff Howling at line

FG from Jay Feeley 20 yards GOOD

Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards in 5:11

Packers 24 Cardinals 17

 

Cardinals kickoff to Packers – Cobb to the 22 on return

Packers possession

First and 10 from the 22, Rodgers under center, Green delayed handoff for 6

Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree (Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Second and 4, Rodgers in gun, pass over the middle for Crabtree and he barely outruns defenders for 72 yards, falling exhausted on the last play of the third quarter

 Drive: 2 plays, 78 yards in 0:50

Crosby extra point

Packers 31 Cardinals 17

End of third quarter

Packers kickoff to Cardinals

Cardinals possession

First and 10, Howling loses 1 yard

Second and 11, Skelton’s pass to Fitzgerald is under thrown incomplete

Third and 11, pass to Housler for 9 short of first down

Fourth down punt to Cobb – ball rolls dead at Packers 31

First and 10, handoff to Starks for 5

Second and 5, ball at Packers 36, Starks for 4

Third and 1, Starks runs right, lunges but is short of the first down

Fourth down punt by Masthay – to Patrick Peterson returns it 12 yards to the 25

 

Cardinals possession

First and 10 from their own 25, Skelton in the gun, passes down left sideline that was off the hands of  Davon House for the near interception

Second and 10, pass to Floyd for 8; House on the coverage

Third and 2, 10:20 in fourth; Skelton passes to Howling in right flat and is immediately tackled by Erik Walden – huge play by the linebacker.

Fourth down punt to Cobb who returns it 10 yards to the 20

Packers possession

First and 10, Starks takes a pitch to the right outside, eludes a couple of tackles, breaks one and gets 14 yards

First and 10, Starks running hard and making decisive cuts gets three

Second and 7, Starks shut down for a two-yard loss

Third and 8, ball at Packers 35, Rodgers in gun, offside on Arizona

Third and 3, Rodgers alone in backfield, quick, high pass to Cobb is juggled with one hand and brings it in for the first down

Cobb nears 200 total yards on the day

First and 10, ball at 47, Play action Rodgers rolls right and passes deep to Cobb, but it falls incomplete

Second and 10, Packers using clock well, Starks for 1

Third and 9, Rodgers in gun pitches to Cobb who runs for 6 – good clock management

Fourth down and 2; punt by Masthay – Peterson returns for 7

 

Cardinals possession

First and 10 from own 17, 5 minutes remain in game, pass to Fitzgerald; however, personal foul on Cardinals for piling on puts ball at their own 12

First and 15, pass to Floyd for 10

Third and 6, pass to Roberts well out of his reach

Fourth and 6, Cardinals go for it on fourth down with 3:53 left in game; Skelton in gun, passes deep to Floyd down right sideline for first down

First and 10, pass to Roberts for first down, fumbles, but ball goes out of bounds gain of 9

Second and 1, pass incomplete

Third and 1 from the Packers 32, Howling stuffed for loss of 3

Fourth down and 4, cardinals go for it, Skelton passes incomplete; pass broken up by Casey Hayward

Packers take over on downs

 

Packers possession

2:20 left in game, Rodgers hands off to Starks who is taken down with a horse collar tackle – personal foul

First and 10 at the Packers 49, Starks up the middle for 4

Time out Cardinals

Second and 7, Starks for 2

Time out Cardinals – final

Third and 5, Rodgers in gun, pass to Cobb incomplete

Fourth and five Masthay punt Peterson muffs the punt and Bush recovers at the 2

Packers possession

 

First and goal, Packers run out the clock, kneel on ball

Packers 31 Cardinals 17

Packers

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Rodgers 14/30 218 4 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Starks 17 61 0 14
Green 11 53 0 21
Rodgers 7 34 0 25
Cobb 3 29 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Jones 4 61 1 28
Cobb 3 37 2 21
Green 2 25 0 19
Boykin 2 7 0 6
Crabtree 1 72 1 72
Driver 1 10 0 10
Finley 1 6 0 6
Fumbles FUM LOST REC-O
Starks 1 0 0
Rodgers 0 0 1

Cardinals

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Skelton 23/46 306 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Stephens-Howlin 17 51 1 11
Powell 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Fitzgerald 6 74 1 31
Floyd 5 80 0 37
Housler 5 55 0 22
Roberts 4 86 0 40
Stephens-Howlin 2 8 0 14
Sherman 1 3 0 3
Fumbles FUM LOST REC-O
Peterson 2 1 1
Roberts 1 0 0

Packers

Interceptions NO YDS LG TD
Walden 1 2 2 0
Defense TACKLES ASST SACKS
Jones 6 3 0
Burnett 6 1 0
Hayward 5 2 0
House 5 0 0
Hawk 3 1 0
McMillian 3 1 0
Wilson 2 1 0
Daniels 2 0 1
Neal 2 0 1
Jennings 1 2 0
Walden 1 1 0
Williams 1 1 0
Moses 0 2 0
Pickett 0 2 0
Fumbles FORCED REC-D
Bush 0 1
Hayward 1 0

Cardinals

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Skelton 23/46 306 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Stephens-Howlin 17 51 1 11
Powell 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Fitzgerald 6 74 1 31
Floyd 5 80 0 37
Housler 5 55 0 22
Roberts 4 86 0 40
Stephens-Howlin 2 8 0 14
Sherman 1 3 0 3
Fumbles FUM LOST REC-O
Peterson 2 1 1
Roberts 1 0 0
Interceptions NO YDS LG TD
Gay 1 6 6 0
Defense TACKLES ASST SACKS
Campbell 6 3 0.5
Lenon 5 1 0
Rhodes 5 0 0
Washington 4 3 0
Schofield 4 0 0
Williams 4 0 0
Peterson 3 1 0
Fleming 3 0 0
Dockett 2 4 0.5
Wilson 2 3 0
Groves 2 1 0
Acho 2 0 0
Carter 1 0 0
Fumbles FORCED REC-D
Lenon 1 0

 

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Rodgers 14/30 218 4 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Starks 17 61 0 14
Green 11 53 0 21
Rodgers 5 36 0 25
Cobb 3 29 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Jones 4 61 1 28
Cobb 3 37 2 21
Green 2 25 0 19
Boykin 2 7 0 6
Crabtree 1 72 1 72
Driver 1 10 0 10
Finley 1 6 0 6
Fumbles FUM LOST REC-O
Starks 1 0 0
Rodgers 0 0 1

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/gameflash/2012/11/04/5013/index.html#ixzz2BI6JS3H3

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers

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