Packers: Top 5 playoff heartbreaks in Aaron Rodgers era

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4. Packers lose to Cardinals in overtime despite Hail Mary (2015)

The Packers entered this divisional round game as underdogs, having lost to the Arizona Cardinals 38-8 only three weeks earlier.

Green Bay’s receiving corps was hit with injuries. Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams weren’t available, and the Packers lost Randall Cobb in the first quarter.

James Jones found little success against All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson, forcing Aaron Rodgers to look in the direction of Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis.

Green Bay trailed by a touchdown with under two minutes remaining. The contest looked over with the offense backed up on their own four-yard line facing fourth-and-20, the season fizzling out.

Few expected the game to be tied three plays later.

Rodgers stunned the home crowd with a 60-yard strike to Janis. Even then, the odds were stacked against the Packers. With time expiring, Rodgers hit another Hail Mary to Janis in the end zone, an astonishing throw as he fell to the ground. Somehow, Janis leaped up into double coverage and made the grab.

We were tied. Overtime awaited.

Sport often comes down to the small details — a game of inches.

On the first play in overtime, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was in all sorts of trouble. Packers defensive lineman Mike Neal looked to have a sack. He had his hands on the quarterback, but Palmer somehow spun out of danger and hit a cross-field pass to a wide-open Larry Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald turned it into a 75-yard gain before catching the game-winner moments later.

Heartbreaking for the Packers.