Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals: Pete Dougherty's 3 keys to the game

Jan 10, 2010 Full story: WisInfo 11

Here are Press-Gazette Packers reporter Pete Dougherty's three keys to Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals at Glendale, Ariz.

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nightfly

Naples, FL

#1 Jan 10, 2010
facemask on Rodgers on last play went uncalled.
jim in arizona

Taylor, AZ

#2 Jan 10, 2010
The ARIZONA CARDINALS (despite what some hard losers say), DID deserve to win THIS GAME!
This was a very thrilling game. Now to all PACKER"S
FANS:

YOU HAVE A GREAT TEAM! TO come back like you did
was unbelievable. CARDINALS FANS were probably on
the verge of a stroke or heart attack in the last
quarter! to nightfly in Naples Fla: there were at least 3 or 4 calls against ARIZONA that were wrong!
I don't know if YOU are a PACKERS FAN, but the
MOST DESERVING TEAM DID WIN!
p.s. just remember in the BIG SCHEME of LIFE:
IT'S ONLY A GAME!
eric

Monroe, WI

#3 Jan 10, 2010
One hell of a game,although i will say,,
Arizona knows how to turn it up in the playoffs! They play like that,they will be a very tough out and congrats for a very hard fought win!
PackerBacker-Wic hitaKs

Wichita, KS

#4 Jan 10, 2010
eric wrote:
One hell of a game,although i will say,,
Arizona knows how to turn it up in the playoffs! They play like that,they will be a very tough out and congrats for a very hard fought win!
As a Packer fan I agree. A lot of Cardinal players have been through this before where as the Packer players hadn't. I think next year bodes well for the Packers. Great football game! It's too bad some one had to lose. Good luck to Arizona next week against New Orleans!
Zeb

Sheboygan, WI

#5 Jan 10, 2010
I must say, it was a hell of a game. Both offenses were unstoppable. Poor defense and you are right, the Cardinals defense came up big at the end to win it. Great game and good luck Cardinals. Being a Packers fan, its hard to admit that the season is over and we came so close.
GBPfan

Fountain, CO

#6 Jan 11, 2010
jim in arizona wrote:
The ARIZONA CARDINALS (despite what some hard losers say), DID deserve to win THIS GAME!
This was a very thrilling game. Now to all PACKER"S
FANS:
YOU HAVE A GREAT TEAM! TO come back like you did
was unbelievable. CARDINALS FANS were probably on
the verge of a stroke or heart attack in the last
quarter! to nightfly in Naples Fla: there were at least 3 or 4 calls against ARIZONA that were wrong!
I don't know if YOU are a PACKERS FAN, but the
MOST DESERVING TEAM DID WIN!
p.s. just remember in the BIG SCHEME of LIFE:
IT'S ONLY A GAME!
The team that made more big plays, when they needed to be made, won the game. The goal is to be the better team on the day you play your opponent. The Cardinals did that and deserved the win. Good luck to your team the rest of the way. I would like to say the Packers only lost to the Champs.
Ginobili

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Jan 11, 2010
Mike Adams was beaten on three TD passes and at the end he made the big play he caused the fumble.
I am glad that the Refs did not call anything stupid and go to their rule book and apply the Tuck Rule on that play and call it an incomplete pass. That Tuck Rule b/s was called only once in the history of the NFL and it is a bad rule.
answerman

Neenah, WI

#8 Jan 11, 2010
GBPfan wrote:
<quoted text>
The team that made more big plays, when they needed to be made, won the game. The goal is to be the better team on the day you play your opponent. The Cardinals did that and deserved the win. Good luck to your team the rest of the way. I would like to say the Packers only lost to the Champs.
Agreed. Both teams played their hearts out and made it easily the best game of the weekend.

As far as the way it ended... well, if Rackers hadn't missed that field goal (9 times out of 10 he would have made it) we wouldn't even be having this discussion. Facemask at the end? It did happen after Rodgers had already lost the ball, and didn't have any bearing on the fact that the Cardinals made a great defensive play when they needed to. Should it have been called? Probably, but I think the Cardinals earned the right to be called the better team yesterday. Congrats to them, and if they can keep it up they could very well be back in the Super Bowl.

I'm proud of the Packers for not giving up on the season, for making the adjustments they needed to throughout the season, and for giving us something to cheer for. I see big things in the next few years, some changes that will be made, and a great future. Go Pack in 2010!

Now, we can turn our attention to the countdown... 41 days until pitchers and catchers report to Phoenix.
eric

Monroe, WI

#9 Jan 11, 2010
BUT Rodgers also got speared in the head with a helmet which wasn't called,Fitzgerald s BOTH TD he should have been called on PI esp the 2nd one.
BY THE WAY MARK MCGUIRE ADMITTED HE WAS ON STEROIDS!
eric

Monroe, WI

#10 Jan 11, 2010
True but Rackers missed that FG,it was on him.
Aaron Rodgers got speared helmet to helmet,never called
AR got facemasked on the fumble at the end,never called,so the Packers should have had the ball at midfield with a first down if both calls were made
It might or might not have won the game,but.i just wish those obvious calls would be made,
YET on both Fitzgerald TD,both times he interfered with Woodson esp on the last TD.
Remember first one Woodson slipped,on replay L.F. Push ND C.W. fell from the push
the 2nd one Woodson did a summer salt very obvious call and never called.
Again if the defense stopped anyone during the game,the Packers could have won
I just wish what every fans wishes,the obvious calls would be made adn the refs made 3 or 4 costly non calls which had direct results on the game. Is it what it is nd if the defense played better they might have won,but,again calls like that have to be made,especially when they are that obvious.
Yes the ball was gone from AR hands,before the facemask,but,that was a major 15 yard and the TD should have been nullified is the point.Aagin is an excuse,no,am i mad about it,not any more then i am for losing the game
Im proud the Packers made a huge comeback and showed a ton of heart! Ari to their credit didnt panic,both teams played their hearts out nd unf. the team that lost was G.B. some one had to lose and on that night we were it,Congrats Arizona
BY the WAY
Mark McGuire ADMITTED HE WAS CHEATING ON STERIODS DURING THE HOMERUN RACE!
guess he wants th hitting coach job in StL doesnt he
To Ginobili

Orange, CA

#11 Jan 11, 2010
On the last play, the ball never hit the ground, so it was either a fumble or an interception. Either way, the TD would have counted. If the ball hadn't glanced off of Rodgers foot and stayed in the air, and bounced to the ground, it would have been an interesting dilemna. Technically the tuck rule could have applied because Rodgers arm was moving forward when the ball was knocked out of his hand.

As far as the facemask, I hate to admit it because I absolutely hate the Packers, but they have a legitimate argument. Adams absolutely grabbed Rodger's facemask and pulled on it before the interception was completed. It should have been a 15 yard penalty and an automatic first down. Maybe Greenbay drives and wins the game, Maybe Arizona intercepts the next pass and runs it back. Who knows. One thing the NFL needs to do is put in some type of review asterisk that allows them to call penalties (ones as blatent as this) on reviews.

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