Green Bay Packers defeat Arizona Cardinals, 33-7

GREEN BAY: Ryan Grant, 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 8:45 left.

How they scored: Coach Mike McCarthy went for it on fourth and 1 at the Arizona 46, and Aaron Rodgers took it himself and gained 1. CB Michael Adams, subbing for injured Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, was penalized 28 yards to the 1 for interfering with Greg Jennings. Grant pounded it in for the TD.

The drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 6:15 time of possession.

Packers 7, Cardinals 0

GREEN BAY: Rodgers,...

Glendale, Ariz. — The Green Bay Packers will play a considerably more difficult schedule in 2010 than they did in 2009.

Green Bay's opponents this season had a composite record of 113-143 for a winning percentage of .441. Six of the Packers' games came against playoff teams: Minnesota (twice), Cincinnati, Baltimore, Dallas and Arizona.

The Packers' foes next season have a composite record of 125-131 for a winning percentage of .488. The list of games against playoff ...

Glendale, Ariz. — There is no manual to consult when it comes to playing out the season with a playoff berth in hand and nothing much to gain.

Mike McCarthy went with a gut feeling.

As he headed into what was essentially a meaningless game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers coach took stock of the makeup of his team, the road it has traveled to get here and the health of his players and kept coming to the same conclusion.

Let the train ...

Glendale, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said his primary goal Sunday was to have a healthy team for the playoffs.

Although he sat his starters early and often, the plan didn't work out so well.

Two of the Cardinals' key starters, wide receiver Anquan Boldin (knee, ankle) and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (knee), went down during Arizona's 33-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

But all the principals in the Arizona locker room said both would...