Arizona Cardinals defeat Green Bay Packers, 51-45

Shoot-out doesn't quite capture it.

Epic scoring melee comes closer.

It was the game missing any defense.

"The question is can anybody stop anybody?" Fox game announcer Joe Buck asked in the fourth quarter of the Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals playoff game on Sunday, which set a number of records. "The answer is no."

With the score tied, 45-45, at the end of regulation, Buck made another droll and accurate observation.

"Good thing we are not going by...

Glendale, Ariz. — Despite their remarkably long run of elite-level quarterback play, the Green Bay Packers finished another playoff season with the ball in their quarterback's hands and a chance to pull off a stunning victory.

But just like Brett Favre had done twice before him, Aaron Rodgers made the last mistake.

Some will remember the 422 yards and four touchdowns he threw in rallying the Packers from a 31-10 deficit to a 45-45 tie as time expired in regulation.

Glendale, Ariz. — After all 96 points had been scored in what will go down as one of the most memorable playoff games in NFL history, the difference between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals was clear.

It might have been somewhat ironic that a defensive play ultimately tipped the balance of a wild, wild-card matchup in which 1,024 total yards were accumulated, yet by the time the Cardinals' 51-45 overtime victory had been secured, the dividing line was beh...


ARIZONA: Tim Hightower, 1-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), 11:04 left. How they scored: On the first play of the game, Aaron Rodgers had all day to pass but scrambled right and threw back inside to Donald Lee. The ball was deflected by LB Karlos Dansby and intercepted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. On offense, Jerheme Urban leaked out of the protection on third and 8 and was wide open for 13. Hightower scored easily. The drive: Seven plays, 40 yards, 3:38 time of posses...