Packers 31, Cardinals 17
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Ryan Pickett to Larry McCarren on his so-far outstanding 2012:
"I'm just seeing the game that better. I feel good."
Erik Walden on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Packers OT"
Talking about his interception:
"Casey made a great play on the ball...kind of like a layup, just laid right in my hands."
On what the Packers will do during the bye:
"A little extra motivation, we got the win, we got the whole week off."
McCarthy to Larry McCarren:
About his team's win:
"Very proud of the football team today, the ability to overcome adversity due to medical situations. Thought players did great job...the way they battled, one thing after another, they kept fighting."
On 6-3 entering bye:
"It's where we are. Important for everybody to reflect on where we are, 6-3, why we're here, what everybody's going to do to continue on our path."
3:06 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 2:20
Larry: "Pass me that beer by Hecker! This thing's over."
Starks horse-collared. Dirty play. Groves complains. Bad acting job with the refs.
3rd-5 at ARIZ 46: Rodgers incomplete. Why did the fans go into "GO PACK GO!" on a 3rd-down offensive play when Rodgers is calling signals? Don't get it.
Bush! Takes the muffed punt by Peterson at the two yard line! Not a touchdown. Can't advance a muff. But it's just gravy. Even with the Lambeau Leap.
Kneel down. No extra scores needed. Just put Arizona out of its misery.
Hang on...did Peterson even touch the ball? If he didn't, it's not a muff, but a touchdown.
Yes, the ball hit Peterson's thigh, according to the ref...and the angle of what we saw on the replay. The bounce off his body proves it.
Victory formation. Beautiful.
3:00 p.m. Cardinals' 3rd Drive 4:34
Arizona 82 yards from a one-score game. They have to move fast.
They hurt themselves big with a push-after-the-play by an offensive lineman. Ugh.
3rd-6 at ARIZ 22: Incomplete pass. Roberts. Does Arizona go for it here? They have to.
4th-6 at ARIZ 22: FANTASTIC catch by Floyd. House had him blanketed, but never looked at the ball. Floyd, though, leaped where House could not have caught it. Great throw, great catch.
Roberts wide open. Uh oh. First down...not anymore after the fumble out of bounds. Phew.
3rd-20 inches at GB 32: Mr. Hybrid AGAIN stopped before the line of scrimmage. That's a huge game changer.
4th-4 at GB 35: Skelton...STOPPED! Incomplete! Hayward!
2:52 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 9:34
Starks did when he failed to do last play. 14 yards. Great blocking and a broken tackle.
3rd-8 at GB 34: Make that 3rd-3 at GB 39...Fantastic grab by Cobb! Beautiful first down catch. Pass behnd him. He left-handed it. Rolled away from the ball, but held on as he was being knocked to the ground.
Argh. Cobb ALMOST with another spectacular catch on 1st down. Could have been much worse.
3rd-9 at GB 43: Cobb. Run. Nothin' doin. Dried to catch Arizona off balance, but they were prepared.
2:48 p.m. Cardinals' 2nd Drive 11:46
3rd-2 at ARIZ 33: Mr. Hyphen OWNED by Walden! He read screen the whole way and caught Hyphen's legs as he went to cut after the catch.
2:43 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 13:29
Now, some four-minute offense...or longer...and this one's history.
3rd-1 at GB 40: Starks. Not enough. Outside run this time, but Arizona knew what was coming. Maybe that running for a first down isn't a good idea at all.
2:38 p.m. Cardinals' 1st Drive 15:00 left in 4th quarter
3rd-11 at ARIZ 19: Housler. Money v.2 for the Cardinals, but not this time. Underneath, and four Packers tacklers converged to stop him before the first down mark.
2:33 p.m. Packers' 5th Drive :50
Green Bay 31, Arizona 17
Rodgers-Crabtree 72 yd TD pass
The Packers need a big play. A momentum-changer. Something to re-establish domination. Though I feel there was never really domination of the game's flow, just some big plays to put Green Bay ahead.
Alex Green getting two great blocks to spring for six yards. Didn't have huge burst. But a solid gain.
CRABTREE! SEE YOU LATER! THERE'S YOUR BIG PLAY!
2:23 p.m. Cardinals' 4th Drive 6:01
Green Bay 24, Arizona 17
Feely 20 yd FG
Erik Walden. Whiffed on stopping the run. Big run by Mr. Hyphen. (Stephens-Howling for those following along at home.)
Housler owning the Packers secondary this second half so far. Another first down.
Again. 22 yard gain. This is pathetic. Brad Jones with zero coverage.
Defense needs to make a stop here.
Roberts this time making the Packers' defense look like a sieve. We're gonna have a nailbiter here, folks.
Fitzgerald. Broken tackle. To the two yard line. This is like water torture seeing Skelton pick apart the Packers secondary.
3rd-1 at GB 2: Mr. Hyphen predicated from reaching the line of scrimmage by a fantastic gang tackle!
2:17 p.m. Packers' 4th Drive 8:21
Boykin. Will be getting a lot of playing time now. Boykin with a sideline pattern. Easy win with the hook pattern.
3rd-1 at GB 30: RUN THE THING!
Green up the middle. Nope. Stuffed like a turkey. OK, let me re-state it. RUN THE THING SUCCESSFULLY!
2:16 p.m. Cardinals' 3rd Drive 8:30
Green Bay 24, Arizona 14
Skelton-Fitzgerald 31 yard TD pass
Fitzgerald. Insane move. Wayne Larrivee: "Shredding the defense for 31 yards and a score."
Clay Matthews with a hammy injury. Not good.
2:05 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 12:14
Loads of time for Rodgers on 2nd down. He could have eaten a five-course meal in the pocket. But no one got open.
3rd-8 at ARIZ 48: LOOSE BALL! Fumble? Pass? What was it? Finley seemed to get the loose ball anyway.
Incomplete pass. Still rather underwhelming.
2:00 p.m. Cardinals' 2nd Drive 13:12
Larry McCarren: "4 plays, 2 yards on the last drive? That's kind of underwhelming."
Fitzgerald slipped and fell on a 20-yard rainbow. If not, that's a catch. That might be a lot more than 20 yards.
3rd-7 at ARIZ 30: Droppage. Housler. Thanks from Packers Planet.
Shank from the punter. 20 yard kick. Thanks from Packers Planet.
1:56 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 13:56
Green Bay 24, Arizona 7
Crosby 33 yd FG
3rd-8 at ARIZ 15: Again, great coverage on James Jones. Cardinals secondary came to play in the 2nd half.
1:56 p.m. Cardinals' 1st Drive 14:03
TIP! PICK! Hayward with the tip. Walden with the gather-in inside the red zone. 28-7 in a few minutes, me thinks.
1:48 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 15:00
A bunch of great blocks. A bunch of great juke moves. Randall Cobb 43 yards. This guy and James Jones are the reason Donald Driver doesn't get much PT.
Sorry, Driver fans, and I love the guy, too, but Cobb is producing. Go with who gets you wins.
Ouch. Schofield hurt trying to catch Rodgers. A guy who has had enough trouble with injury in Wisconsin.
3rd-6 at ARIZ 48: Make that 3rd-1 at ARIZ 43...Nope. Rodgers had to toss the football quickly, it was behind a well-covered Jones. Why not run it?
The Packers have 127 passing yards. 126 rushing yards. 125 injuries. I kid. But great productivity in both parts of the offense.
1:28 p.m. Cardinals' 3rd Drive 1:54
A must drive for Arizona, with Green Bay getting the ball to start the second half.
Skelton to Fitzgerald and he did a fantastic job fighting Hayward for the football. Great coverage, but sometimes great coverage isn't enough.
Ball at the 50. Skelton. Daniels. Ball no longer at the 50. SACK!
Now Clay Matthews limping off? Jiminy Christmas! This is insane.
3rd-20. Doucet. Droppage. Nice.
1:18 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 6:33
Green Bay 21, Arizona 7
Rodgers-Jones 28 yd TD pass
Starks...uh oh. Fumble. WOW! Rodgers sprints in and gets it! That's an MVP for you. Maybe the biggest play of his day. He slowly walks back to the huddle. Is it getting hurt, or is it being POed?
Rodgers to Green. Flat. One-man screen. Good block. First down. Six yards. Simple.
3rd-3 at GB 45: Easy first down catch by Jones. Stealing for A-Rod.
HUGE GAIN on a small pass. Green followed his blockers to the Arizona 29. He's not so good in between tackles, perhaps. Get him in open space. More screen passes should be in the arsenal.
Rodgers - JONES! INSANE CATCH! The healthy wideouts are still doing something special. Jones caught over Fleming!
1:14 p.m. Cardinals' 2nd Drive 7:44
3rd-7 at ARIZ 25: With an active crowd, Skelton finds Doucet...Doucet didn't find the ball. Looked like he had, then fumbled it. Refs say otherwise. But better he didn't fumble, for it would have been a Cards recovery and a first down.
12:57 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 13:26
Green Bay 14, Arizona 7
Rodgers-Cobb 21 yd TD pass
11 yards! Randall Cobb as your shotgun running back. Basically, a quicker-version of the Lombardi sweep. Didn't think I'd ever see a No. 18 playing the Paul Hornung role.
Cobb again! He's turning into the "Super Back." This may sound shocking, but I wouldn't be shocked if he starts at running back in two weeks.
Wow. The WHOLE running game is better. Starks slams for nine yards, a la January 2011. Fabulous.
3rd-5 at ARIZ 38: Free play. Rodgers. Nearly picked after a risky pass to Favre, but no risk when you get a free.
3rd-inches, ARIZ 33: Alex Green was pulverized at the first down marker...but it's a first down. Green ran right into Rhodes, who filled the hole the linemen produced. Still, three new plays.
Drop. Crabtree. One handed-it. Pathetic. He turned his head to run with the ball before he caught it. Concentration.
DROP! Driver! Wide open. Didn't turn his head. Larry: "It can be drivekillers."
3rd-10 at ARIZ 32: Not a drop. Driver. But had he focused and not bobbled the ball, it's a first down.
WHOA! Fabulous spot. Lucky spot. If it's not challenged, it's a first down.
Rodgers. End zone. COBB! FANTASTIC! Perfect throw. Perfect catch. Had to be both.
Larry: "A thing of beauty."
12:52 p.m. Cardinals' 1st Drive 14:53
Green Bay 7, Arizona 7, 2nd Quarter
Stephens-Howling 1 yd TD run
Mike McCarthy. Livid at a ref. I think we've seen that before this year.
Skelton to Roberts deep inside the three. Hayward burned. Badly.
1st-goal at GB 3: Mr. Hyphen has to cut back to get two yards.
2nd-goal at GB 1: Mr. Hyphen beats Jones outside after Bush blasted him in the backfield.
12:48 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive continued from 1st quarter
What? Interception? Apparently.. Randall Cobb made a diving catch. William Gay stole it from him. He then ran down the sideline.
To me, it looked like Cobb was down by contact. But that's not what the refs initially said. Call stands. Ugh.
12:46 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 1:02
Jones ankle-broke Fleming after a great sideline catch, but ran the way toward the sideline. Had Jones ankle-broken him inside, it's maybe a bigger gain.
THERE'S more productivity by Green. Six yards. Shifty. Hard to see Green since he's short. Like Speedy Gonzalez playing running back.
Mr. Hyphen is Mr. Shifty. Beats Clay Matthews. Rushed inside. Shifty went outside.
3rd-1 at ARIZ 30: Mr. Hyphen...did he get the first down? Close. Very close off right tackle. But I think he barely got it.
More touches for Mr. Hyphen off right tackle. Wayne: "Not much there."
3rd-8 at ARIZ 32: Make it 3rd-13 at ARIZ 27...and Fitzgerald with another great 3rd down catch for a first down. Fitzgerald lined up in the slot, meaning that Tramon Williams won't cover him.
That should change. Cover him with your best corner.
3rd-8 at ARIZ 42: Skelton deep...phew. Fitzgerald well covered. Williams and M.D. Jennings never gave him space. Textbook defensive coverage.
12:18 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 10:20
Green Bay 7, Arizona 0
Rodgers-Cobb 13 yd TD pass
Fabulous tackle of the quick slant to James Jones, but barely...barely enough for the first down. Just enough.
Rodgers. Running. Scared. But SUPER productive. Yes, he got sliced under by Peterson, but I'll take 25 yards anyday. Not a planned run. But he saw huge daylight.
FINALLY! Productivity from a running back. Alex Green! 21 yards. Lombardi would be proud.
3rd-8 at ARIZ 18: Rodgers again running! First and goal! Two sacks avoided. Campbell missed an ankle sack.
1st-goal at ARIZ 9: Almost a sack. The Arizona pass rush is pretty good.
2nd-goal at ARIZ 8: Did Nelson catch that thing? Thrown low. Super low. Replay proves it's a trap.
Worst result - Nelson limps off the field. Bad hammy. Worse? Uh oh.
3rd-goal at ARIZ 8: Make that 3rd-goal at ARIZ 13...and that time! COBB! Pinball wizard to the end zone! (Thanks, Driver and Finley, for the blocking!)
12:12 p.m. Cardinals' 2nd Drive 12:11
Skelton to Mr. Hyphen, Stephens-Howling. Short stuff is long on escapability in the flat. 14 yards.
3rd-5 at GB 46: Skelton scrambling...and it really...really...really helps to have Fitzgerald to throw to on 3rd down. Unless he steps out of bounds. Or has Brad Jones doing something miraculous, covering one of the great receivers of our era successfully.
12:07 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 13:26
Cobb put the Packers in fantastic field position, thanks to a short, low punt allowing him loads of running room. 20 yards to pay dirt.
I could lead a scoring drive from that field position. (Granted, it would be three kneel-downs and a field goal.)
ARod. Slammed. Near the 30. THat destroys field position. How about that kneeldown idea?
3rd-16 at ARIZ 26: Rodgers took forever, had forever to throw, but Cobb just missed a spectacular diving catch of a throw behind him.
CROSBY! MIss. 9-14 on the year. You don't keep jobs that way. Ugh.
12:02 p.m. Cardinals' 1st Drive 15:00 left in 1st quarter
Open field tackling of a solid brand helps the Packers on the first play. Morgan Burnett couldn't stop the "long handoff" throw for a three-yard gain. He stopped the tight end at three yards. That means great tackling.
3rd-7 at ARIZ 19: SACK TIME! Mike Neal. Demolished the left guard, Daryn Colledge. Remember that name?
Coin toss time: Walt Coleman flips the coin. Cards call tails, Packers win the toss and will defer to the second half.
Defense comes on the field first.
Check out these awesome photos taken by Wayne Larrivee, Lance Allan and Greg Matzek of the tribute to veterans the Packers are putting on today.
Mike McCarthy to Wayne Larrivee:
On Jordy Nelson's active status:
"He's ready to go. I'm not concerned. He went through his rehab all week, had two pretty good days Wednesday on Thursday, had a great day on Friday. He's very confident he's 100%."
On the running game:
"James Starks is going to have more opportunities today. The flow of the game will dictate that."
Check out the amazing photo Greg Matzek shot before today's game, showing how the Packers are thanking veterans today.
Good news for those who hope the Packers' offense gets back in championship-level form: Jordy Nelson is active for Green Bay, despite his hamstring injury.
Today, according to Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, victory over the Arizona Cardinals is "non-negotiable."
Those words, uttered moments after their ugly-but-effective 24-15 triumph over Jacksonville last Sunday, threw down the gauntlet for a Packers team needing to focus itself after a subpar performance before the bye week.
Coach McCarthy understands the momentum swing his Packers currently ride, and how it must last far beyond Sunday while chasing a Chicago Bears team that has sprinted to a 6-1 record against relatively subpar competition.
But his squad enters the game with a 14-player injury list - with the key question being Jordy Nelson's hamstring.
It also enters the game with a hamstrung running game that is searching for its legs, and after a week of focused effort toward improvement, the running game did not impress McCarthy in practice.
"There are some things we could have done better at practice," McCarthy said Friday on Wisconsin's Morning News.
"The emphasis is about performance. We'll clean up a couple things that need cleaned up."
Much must be cleaned up for this Packers team to accomplish what most believe it can. Better to clean it up with another notch in the win column before a much-needed bye.