Cardinals top Packers 51-45 on wacky ending in highest scoring playoff game ever

The Cardinals Beat The Packers 51-45, But Was The Ending Legit?

1/10/10 in NFL   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect


The 96 points is the most combined points in postseason history. After a shankapotamus by Neil Rackers, Green Bay wins the toss, and has the confident swagger to win the game, since neither defense has shown up today, and this is what ensued on third down:

Some are saying the refs missed a facemask call on the play, but whats done is done. Huge win for the Cards and a heartbreaking loss for the Packers. The Cards go to New Orleans next week, and should be a great game.
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1/18/10   |   stockstrade

lovrekj wrote:
Of NO consequence???  It just cost them the game!  I guess you need to learn the rules.  A face mask penalty would negate anything else that happened on that play. With all the blown, one sided calls, in this game, what's one more... RIGHT?

It WAS of no consequence!THE BALL WAS ALREADY OUT at that point.Quit crying,the Packers lost.End of discussion.

1/18/10   |   missdark_vampire_lad   |   10 respect

missdark_vampire_lad wrote:
well i am a arizona cardinals fan and it was a wonderful game but packers are a really good team but  it was time for arizona to beat the shit out of the packers i hate the packers but i respect them

well no all iam saying is that the green bay packers are a damn good team it's just that they got a lil to cocky maybe all the calls in this game was wrong it's not for me to say i am giving my comment on it that's it so i guess

1/17/10   |   tooltim2001

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I told ya'll the Cardinals were gonna kick Packer a$$!!

The cards did'nt really kick anything they lucked out from a blind or paid ref

1/17/10   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

wrote:
Funny, this SAME EXACT PLAY just happened yesterday in the Cardinals/Saints game with Kurt Warner being the "victim" of the face mask- yet the officials called it completely differently!  Warner gets hit in the head and his face mask gets pulled- he throws an interception on the play- and the Cardinals are given the ball back with a "Roughing the QB call and a 15 yard penalty"!   Now will somebody please explain to me how the referrees DID NOT give a win to the Cardinals in their game with the Packers because they didn't make the right call?

Come on vin... with the 'boys loss today I'm sure you have much bigger things to cry about than this packers/cards issue.

1/15/10   |   PACKMAN9   |   9 respect

badriver22000 wrote:
i'm not a smarta$$, i simply made a comment dumba$$

BLONDEKITTEN HATEN ON THE PACKERS CAUSE THEY BEAT HER SEAHAWKS A$$, SO I UNDERSTAND SHE'S STILL SEXY A$$ HELL

1/15/10   |   badriver22000   |   162 respect

wrote:
Actually, I did smarta$$.

i'm not a smarta$$, i simply made a comment dumba$$

1/14/10   |   brownh2419   |   100 respect

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I understand we all cope with loss differently.  For me in personal life I never like to blame anyone or anything because I can't control that.  All I can control is what I do to put myself in certain situations.  I do the same with teams I root for.  Our own teams can make sure that that a bad call or two does not change a game by taking control and not leaving room for that to happen.   It does not take away the sting of a loss and poor officiating but if the Pack did not come into Arizona and get off to a poor start....that call would not have mattered most likely.  I think Rodgers would be the first to tell anyone that.  Matter of fact I think I read that he did.  That is a class act and I give him major respect for his attitude as well as his talent. 

That said, I understand though that others need to handle loss in different ways.  Personally or just as a fan.  So, to that I understand the Packers fans pain and they need to get it off their chests.  That team is going to be a good one for years to come.  They have a lot to look forward to. 

That was a bad call it has been that way for past 5 years, and not a thing is being done about it.

1/14/10   |   pbpro510   |   10 respect

if the all mighty replacement for favre makes a wide open pitch and catch we wouldn't be talking about this at all. When you don't make plays even just one you put the game in the refs hands.  

1/14/10   |   Onegoodredhead2   |   9961 respect

lil_red_ru wrote:
WHY DON'T YOU TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE REPLAY --HE TOOK HIM TO THE GROUND--THR REFHAD ONLY THE QBACKS TO WATCH WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ---GET A GRIP

liled lease it wasnt an intentional grab or malicious in an yway..it was one part of a finger..unlike many oher plays where playrs have been injured to the point of missing seasons and having to have surgeries...you are jumping down someones troat for a pretty clean play..its doesnt look intentional in any way and im not a fan of either.....

1/14/10   |   Onegoodredhead2   |   9961 respect

Pat wrote:
You're right, but it stings a little more when it feels like there were some seemingly obvious plays that ended up making a huge impact on the game.

like when the cards got robbed of the superbowl last year/? hmmmmmm it happens all the time

1/14/10   |   Onegoodredhead2   |   9961 respect

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Cardinals didn't cheat.....referees never called it. Not the Cardinals fault.

geez andit shows part of a finger ..the rest of the tackle looks clean...i have seen much worse and no one said a word caus eit was their tema.....gimme a break......no one semd to mind when pitts won last year due to bad officiating  why the hoopla over such a minor infraction??? go after the bullies that mean to do harm..after plays.....all of us have had our teams lose for crummy calls..welcom to footbal....

1/14/10   |   Onegoodredhead2   |   9961 respect

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I got a grip just fine.  I noted that I was quoting the league person.  Was just reciting what the league officials said.  My grip is that the Cards have been robbed before and many other teams that I root for and I got over it.  And every time I look at it and say, why did they not do this or that.  If anyone wants to look to one play that decided a game, you must also look at the rest of the game and see where you went wrong.  Just saying that is how I dealt with it.  How GB fans deal with it is completely up to them.  Rant, be angry with Cards fans....whatever it takes.  Therapy can be found in many ways.  I have no problem with having other fans angry with me if it makes them feel better.  Just trying to share the leagues reason...and if you want to call it an excuse, go for it. 

geez the cards had a superbowl "stolen from them by poor oficiating" but everyone is amking a huge deal out of something that happens in almost every game...calls are missed in every game.....yet when playrs intentionall go after other players AFTEr a dean ball and defend that..its ok....pa leeze!  officials have made crummy calls,,like they say ,you can please some of the people some of the time.....all of our teams have been "robbed" by bad calls..its the nature of the game...Blantent penalities happen all the time,,yet it just depends on who ya want to win...Cards have been robbed plenty,as have the giants,especially the 3 years after the rf strike when mara wouldnt back the refs wants,so they took it out on the players....the wrose thing isnt a missed call, but a blantent penalty AFTEr a play is dead and still going after some one.....justin tuck is having major shoulder surgery becaus eof players going after him long after the play is dead.....but no on esems to mind that.......big eye roll......  pitts won a superbowl because of a mised /poor official call.the raven missed a championship title because of a poor  call.....welcome to football.....im glad the cards won..its like the karmic payback for last year

1/13/10   |   Onegoodredhead2   |   9961 respect

Pat wrote:
No idea. As you can see in the picture, it's pretty blatant. At least that's what it looks like to me. I don't even know what to say. I mean... it's there. That's all. It's right there. I give Arizona a lot of credit, but both teams played extremely hard, and it's tough to see the game hinge on a non-call like that. I realize refs make mistakes all the time, but this one was pretty huge.

Officiating and poor calling have had huge affects on many games th epast couple yars.......the ravens and pitts game was won by pitt by a poor/and missed call..the cards lost to pitts becaus eof officiating..it happens all th etime...sad but true..

1/13/10   |   skirchner77   |   30 respect

wrote:
I told ya'll the Cardinals were gonna kick Packer a$$!!

You fogot to mention they were going to cheat to do it.

1/13/10   |   badriver22000   |   162 respect

wrote:
I told ya'll the Cardinals were gonna kick Packer a$$!!

i bet u didn't even watch the game

1/12/10   |   gau13   |   217 respect

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You haven't dealt with me yet sweetheart.

And you haven't dealt with me yet babe.  If you want to know what an ass wooping was, look back to the Packers-Seahawks game this season. 

1/12/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

elevenbravo138again wrote:
The only solace is that Green Bay looks like a team built for many future runs, the core of the team is about 25-28 and outside of the CB position they are set for a few years to come. 

 Problem is that its a passing league now so those CBs are pretty damn important.  That and I still hate our safeties... and our offensive line.

1/12/10   |   BEEFJERKYBANDIT   |   23 respect

YEA I-C IT THE SAME WAY MABEY NEXT YEAR

1/12/10   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1155 respect

Pat wrote:
It's not like his finger was right on his facemask or anything. Oh wait...

The only solace is that Green Bay looks like a team built for many future runs, the core of the team is about 25-28 and outside of the CB position they are set for a few years to come. 

1/12/10   |   BEEFJERKYBANDIT   |   23 respect

chill

1/12/10   |   lil_red_ru   |   1 respect

wrote:
Just to add, I read the league officials understanding of the rule.  Let me quote. 

"In a statement, an NFL spokesman pointed out that an "incidental grasp" of the facemask is allowed. The rule reads that "no player shall twist, turn, or pull the facemask of an opponent in any direction."

The infamous "tuck rule" almost came into play, too. Rodgers appeared to be tucking the ball away as Adams hit him. If the ball had hit the ground, the play likely would have been subject to replay, according to a statement released by the league. If the ball had hit the ground, it could have been ruled an incomplete pass.

"That would be a judgment call. But again, the ball didn't hit the ground, so the tuck rule here is not relevant," according to the release."

WHY DON'T YOU TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE REPLAY --HE TOOK HIM TO THE GROUND--THR REFHAD ONLY THE QBACKS TO WATCH WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ---GET A GRIP

1/12/10   |   tooltim2001

That game should be recended

1/12/10   |   BEEFJERKYBANDIT   |   23 respect

1/12/10   |   lil_red_ru   |   1 respect

Watch the clip --you will see for yourself what a bad call that was---ask any quarter back about favorite Q.B'S refs really watch out for --everyone will make their own judgement according to what team they cheered for --that is a well known FACT----Just watch out for the PACKERS next year---

1/12/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

BluDevil wrote:
What's a bigger gaff? Romo blowing the hold or Rodgers "footing" the ball?

 Romo's was at least a play he's made plenty of times. Rodgers's was just crappy luck. Plus, we would've punted and lost anyway.

1/12/10   |   PACKMAN9   |   9 respect

U SHOULD FEEL GOOD,EVEN THOUGH IT WAS BULLS**T

1/12/10   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

PACKMAN9 wrote:

HELL NO,THERE WAS A FACEMASK THAT WAS'NT CALLED INSTEED OF A TOUCHDOWN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A 15 YARD PENATLY THEY FOUGHT TOO HARD FOR THE REFS TOO STEAL THE GAME FROM THEM

Oh my god I knew we were going to find some Packers fans who wouldn't blame their own defense for giving up 50+ points as the reason for losing and instead are going to nit pick on one possible call that might have changed things.

Stay classy, packer fan.

1/12/10   |   PACKMAN9   |   9 respect

HELL NO,THERE WAS A FACEMASK THAT WAS'NT CALLED INSTEED OF A TOUCHDOWN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A 15 YARD PENATLY THEY FOUGHT TOO HARD FOR THE REFS TOO STEAL THE GAME FROM THEM

1/11/10   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

What's a bigger gaff? Romo blowing the hold or Rodgers "footing" the ball?

1/11/10   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

KUANZINO wrote:
LIKE I SAID BEFORE, PACKS SUCKS

Says a Patriots fan who had such a lovely Sunday too...

1/11/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

KUANZINO wrote:
LIKE I SAID BEFORE, PACKS SUCKS

Yes, our NFL record 12 championships are truly atrocious and an embarrassment to the entire sport of football.  The Packers apologize for ever wasting your time with their pathetic attempts at football.

1/11/10   |   KUANZINO   |   1 respect

Pat wrote:
It's not like his finger was right on his facemask or anything. Oh wait...

LIKE I SAID BEFORE, PACKS SUCKS

1/11/10   |   KUANZINO   |   1 respect

Pat wrote:
No idea. As you can see in the picture, it's pretty blatant. At least that's what it looks like to me. I don't even know what to say. I mean... it's there. That's all. It's right there. I give Arizona a lot of credit, but both teams played extremely hard, and it's tough to see the game hinge on a non-call like that. I realize refs make mistakes all the time, but this one was pretty huge.

PACKS SUCK AZZ ANYWAYS

1/11/10   |   willscout   |   32 respect

missdark_vampire_lad wrote:
well i am a arizona cardinals fan and it was a wonderful game but packers are a really good team but  it was time for arizona to beat the shit out of the packers i hate the packers but i respect them

You call blowing a huge lead and winning in OT by bad calls beating the shit out of someone? Are you serious?!?!

1/11/10   |   lovrekj   |   1 respect

(Edited by lovrekj)

Of NO consequence???  It just cost them the game!  I guess you need to learn the rules.  A face mask penalty would negate anything else that happened on that play. With all the blown, one sided calls, in this game, what's one more... RIGHT?

1/11/10   |   joentessmendiola   |   21 respect

Not a Packers fan at all! But you have to admit it was a bad call!

1/11/10   |   missdark_vampire_lad   |   10 respect

well i am a arizona cardinals fan and it was a wonderful game but packers are a really good team but  it was time for arizona to beat the shit out of the packers i hate the packers but i respect them

1/11/10   |   willscout   |   32 respect

I would hardly call blowing a huge lead and winning in OT from bad calls kicking anybodys A#&@. We'll see you in New Orleans! Make sure you guys bring cash......the refs wont take a check  LOL

1/11/10   |   willscout   |   32 respect

Joe_L wrote:
Have you ever seen a perfectly reffed game, there is always plays missed? For the most part this zebra crew didn't do a bad job.

For the most part? Appearantly the part they got wrong  was bad enough  to change the outcome of an important game. This wasnt a missed false start or questionable pass interferance this was a collection of bad/no calls (going both ways) throughout the game. Yeah, they got a lot of it right but thats not what changed this game. I'm not a Packer fan or Arizona hater I just hate to see this kind of thing happen when its all on the line for a team. You just cant have officials making that many mistakes in the post season. 

1/11/10   |   Blueyed_AZ_Fan   |   5 respect

wrote:
I told ya'll the Cardinals were gonna kick Packer a$$!!

You were right about the cardinals and I was right there with you! As far as the facemask call at the end of the game, there were several times earlier in the game that it could have been called against Green Bay. It appeared as though the referees were just letting them play the game. So packer fans, stop being sore losers and get over it.

1/11/10   |   Thinkaboutit   |   46 respect

Pat wrote:
It's not like his finger was right on his facemask or anything. Oh wait...

It was the hand finger of God.

- Thiery Henry approves.

1/11/10   |   icedee   |   170 respect

They misssed Mike Adams pushing a receiver when he was down as well.

1/11/10   |   ironranger   |   87 respect

tuck rules only apply in snow ball fights not in doors

1/11/10   |   murphyiv   |   631 respect

wrote:
There were a lot of blown calls in this game as in a lot of games.  With the Arena football type play I am thinking there was just too much going on with blocking, scrambling, and receivers down field.  Just an assumption.  I can tell you I was up in arms on a few non calls for offensive interference that were questionable on the Pack but there were also some non calls on Fitzgerald for doing the same so that evened out.  I don't know.  I am thrilled Kurt Warner is getting deeper into the playoffs on what could be his last season.  It is a shame that a call missed like that at the end of the game is how it ends for Packer fans.  But, Adams was a mess all game and he made the right play on this one...for some reason though he does something just a little off with his hand or feet to ruin a great play.  He jumped when he should have stuck Rodgers on one play.  He was burned all game long.  And he made the right move to get the sack.  Of course the finger on the mask was pretty blatant but think about the real time activity on the play.  Rodgers was fumbling the ball before the finger on the mask.  That finger on the mask and takedown was as the ball was flopping away.  At least that is what I think I saw.  Not saying it does not mean it should have been a penalty, but thinking if that was the case the refs were no longer looking at what Adams and Rodgers were doing but what was going on with the ball.  If anyone has a video on it I would love to see it as I could be wrong.  Guess it really does not matter though as the Cards will take on the Saints next week regardless.

And this was a phenominal game for fans that don't care about defense.  I was getting flashbacks on the Steelers winning the SB at the end on the Cards. 

My point. Flag football. Do as they say, not as they do.

1/11/10   |   murphyiv   |   631 respect

willscout wrote:
The refs missed more than a facemask. The end of the 3rd qtr they called roughing the passer when in fact he was tackled into Warner and should have been offensive holding not to mention Fitzgerald trucking the safety which was definantly offensive pass interference on the same play that ended up giving the cards 6pts. Towards the end of the 4th an Arizona defender decides hes going to give a packer receiver a nice show right in front of the ref and still no call. It appears the refs are definantly Arizona fans.

I agree, that's why sports is not fun for me anymore. I have seen it regularly!

1/11/10   |   av5238   |   48 respect

Pat wrote:
No idea. As you can see in the picture, it's pretty blatant. At least that's what it looks like to me. I don't even know what to say. I mean... it's there. That's all. It's right there. I give Arizona a lot of credit, but both teams played extremely hard, and it's tough to see the game hinge on a non-call like that. I realize refs make mistakes all the time, but this one was pretty huge.

Looking at the youtube and the still pic the ball is not even on Rodgers throwing hand.  There is no longer a personal foul penalty for having your hands on a face mask anymore.  It has to be like when the Packer defender yanked the Cards running back earlier during the game.  Kept looking at the replay and the ball was clearly out if anything it would have negated the touchdown and given the Cards the ball.  Both sides got some calls throughout the game.

1/11/10   |   PoeticVybez   |   16 respect

Did anybody see the non-call blow to the head on Rogers? Last time i checked the nfl was protecting it's qb's. WTF??? DUMB ZEBRAS!

1/10/10   |   sbntedegs

 The no call on the facemask is just a part of the game. It's understandable for fans to be upset about an illegal move that changes the course of the play, but in this instance that wasn't the case. Rogers was fumbling the ball no matter where Adams put his hands and therefore the infraction was of no consequence anyway.

1/10/10   |   evilquacks101   |   857 respect

I think the Cardinals defense did just enough to secure the victory.....................And that's not saying much.

As for the bad calls..................There have always been bad calls in football and always will be. It's a frustrating fact that us sports fans, all must live with.

1/10/10   |   celticfc411   |   51 respect

At full speed I didn't notice it, and y'know what? The ball was already out when the facemask occured. I know that doesn't matter for how it would be called, but still.

1/10/10   |   CowboyFan1   |   74 respect

LOL,heart breaking loss...give me a break...Thought I was watching the Pats all over again. Cards should of blown em out...but instead they got back in the game.  If the refs called everything that the teams did....the games would never end,no scoring would happen. seldom is there NOT holding on the offensive or defense.  There is a foul that can be called on each and every play; if we are all honest.

1/10/10   |   maddhatter6691   |   7911 respect

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Holy sheep s%^t, could that blatant face mask been any more... ummmm... BLATANT?  For God's sake, if that was Tom Brady, the refs would have ejected the player for that one!  That is the 1st time I have that replay and WOW- just WOW!  That should have been a 15 yard face mask penalty and a Green Bay 1st down as it appears that the face mask actually caused Rodgers to loose the ball.....

Holy sheep s%^t, more like WTF? If it had been Brady they would have seen that 4 sure, Good call vindog

1/10/10   |   suckamah   |   39 respect

i think that Dansby should be credited with a punt return TD instead of a def TD cause it bounced off of Rodgers' foot.

1/10/10   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

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That's sad for the Packers and their fans- to lose on such a blatant Roughing the Passer "non- call"!  Just like any roughing the passer penalties, even if Rodgers would have thrown a deep ball that got picked off- the "roughing call" would have given the Packers the ball back with 15 yards and a 1st down even if the turnover happened BEFORE the actual "roughing"... How in the hell did the refs miss that one? Seriously?

No idea. As you can see in the picture, it's pretty blatant. At least that's what it looks like to me. I don't even know what to say. I mean... it's there. That's all. It's right there. I give Arizona a lot of credit, but both teams played extremely hard, and it's tough to see the game hinge on a non-call like that. I realize refs make mistakes all the time, but this one was pretty huge.

1/10/10   |   gau13   |   217 respect

wrote:
I told ya'll the Cardinals were gonna kick Packer a$$!!

Since when was winning by six points in a game that went to overtime kicking ass?  You sound like the Steeler fans that I had to deal with at Heinz field after the Steelers beat the Packers by one point.

1/10/10   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

also, joe buck's voice ruined another pivital moment in nfl history. ewwww!

1/10/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

I'm in a surprisingly good mood after this game.  Hell, haven't even drank yet.  I'm just going to assume the disappointment hits me tomorrow sometime.

1/10/10   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

wrote:
Holy sheep s%^t, could that blatant face mask been any more... ummmm... BLATANT?  For God's sake, if that was Tom Brady, the refs would have ejected the player for that one!  That is the 1st time I have that replay and WOW- just WOW!  That should have been a 15 yard face mask penalty and a Green Bay 1st down as it appears that the face mask actually caused Rodgers to loose the ball.....

It's not like his finger was right on his facemask or anything. Oh wait...

1/10/10   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

62 total first downs and 13 touchdowns, also playoff records

1/10/10   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

wrote:
You may have assumed right.

 thought so. haha! at least you got to see some revenge.

1/10/10   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Joe_L wrote:
Have you ever seen a perfectly reffed game, there is always plays missed? For the most part this zebra crew didn't do a bad job.

You're right, but it stings a little more when it feels like there were some seemingly obvious plays that ended up making a huge impact on the game.

1/10/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

willscout wrote:
The refs missed more than a facemask. The end of the 3rd qtr they called roughing the passer when in fact he was tackled into Warner and should have been offensive holding not to mention Fitzgerald trucking the safety which was definantly offensive pass interference on the same play that ended up giving the cards 6pts. Towards the end of the 4th an Arizona defender decides hes going to give a packer receiver a nice show right in front of the ref and still no call. It appears the refs are definantly Arizona fans.

Have you ever seen a perfectly reffed game, there is always plays missed? For the most part this zebra crew didn't do a bad job.

1/10/10   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

wrote:
I told ya'll the Cardinals were gonna kick Packer a$$!!

 i assume your packer hatred comes from the hasselbeck "we want the ball and we're gonna score" game?

1/10/10   |   willscout   |   32 respect

(Edited by willscout)

The refs missed more than a facemask. The end of the 3rd qtr they called roughing the passer when in fact he was tackled into Warner and should have been offensive holding not to mention Fitzgerald trucking the safety which was definantly offensive pass interference on the same play that ended up giving the cards 6pts. Towards the end of the 4th an Arizona defender decides hes going to give a packer receiver a nice show right in front of the ref and still no call. It appears the refs are definantly Arizona fans.