Watch Packers’ game-winning interception to defeat Cardinals

Green Bay Packers, Rasul Douglas - Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers, Rasul Douglas - Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Only three weeks ago, the Green Bay Packers signed Rasul Douglas off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad.

Tonight, he made his former team pay by intercepting Kyler Murray in the final seconds to seal victory for the Packers, who now take over first place in the NFC.

Douglas has been a great pickup by the Packers, but he saved the best for last on Thursday Night Football, coming up with the most important play of the game.

The game looked gone.

Green Bay had dominated for 58 minutes and controversially had an Aaron Jones touchdown ruled out in the final minutes that would have sealed the victory. Instead, the Cardinals were given hope, and their high-powered offense got going.

Only down by three points, the Cardinals had time to make one more throw into the end zone. If it fell incomplete, they could kick an easy field goal and take the game to overtime.

Just don’t tell Rasul Douglas.

Kyler Murray threw in the direction of A.J. Green, but the former Pro Bowl wide receiver didn’t even turn to face the ball and wasn’t anywhere near being ready to catch a game-winning touchdown. Instead, he watched the ball fall into Douglas’ hands to give the Packers a late victory.

It shows the character of this team. They were written off before the game, including by myself.

Not only was it a short week against the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team, but in a matter of days they lost Davante Adams and Allen Lazard to the reserve/COVID-19 list, as well as defensive coordinator Joe Barry.

But facing adversity, the Packers stepped up and played some great football on both sides of the ball. The offense sustained long, scoring drives by running the football, while the defense pressured Murray and forced turnovers.

Douglas saved the most important for last, sealing the Packers’ seventh straight victory and ending the Cardinals’ perfect start to 2021.