The Green Bay Packers are nobody’s underdog.
Despite entering a Thursday night game given no chance, the Packers played a masterful game on both sides of the ball to snap the Arizona Cardinals’ undefeated streak and move into first place of the NFC.
It’s the Packers. It’s the Cardinals. This was never going to be a boring game.
The final moments won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
After a near perfect drive by Green Bay that wiped over seven minutes off the clock, the game looked to be over. Aaron Jones took the ball in for a touchdown, only for a replay review to overturn the decision, despite the fact there appeared to be no clear view to show he was short of the goal line.
Three players later, the Packers had turned it over on downs to give the Cardinals little over two minutes to either force overtime or, worse yet, win the game.
Green Bay’s performance didn’t deserve a last-second loss.
The defense ensured that wouldn’t happen. First, Kyler Murray and the Cardinals’ offense marched down the field. Overtime looked secured as they were easily in field-goal range. With one more shot into the end zone, Murray didn’t find his target A.J. Green, but instead Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas, who sealed victory with an interception.
A wild game, and a huge victory for Green Bay.
Just as important was the performance. Without Davante Adams, David Bakhtiari, Za’Darius Smith, Jaire Alexander, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Josh Myers, Kevin King, and even defensive coordinator Joe Barry, the Packers were given no shot. On a short week on the road.
But Matt LaFleur put together a perfect game plan, once again showing why he’s one of the league’s top head coaches.
The Packers took down the undefeated Cardinals, and with that, enter their mini bye week in first place of the NFC.