Arizona Cardinals outlast Green Bay Packers 51
GLENDALE, Ariz. Old master Kurt Warner and playoff newcomer Aaron Rodgers staged a passing duel to rival any the NFL www.nikecarolinapanthersstore.com/Authentic-Jon-Beason-Jersey has seen. And when the highestscoring postseason game in league history ended abruptly in overtime, Rodgers flung his helmet to the sideline in disgust.
He can blame the Arizona defense for his misery.
Rodgers, intercepted on the game's first play but marvelous after that, was stripped by Michael Adams. The ball careened off Rodgers' foot and into the hands of Dansby, who ran untouched for the score.
"He made a sack, the ball went in the air, I just made a play on the ball," Dansby said.
The reigning NFC champion Cardinals (116) rushed the field to celebrate.
"That's probably one of the best games ever played in the playoffs," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
Incredibly, Warner had more touchdown passes (five) than incompletions (four).
"It was just one of those games where I felt great," he said. "I felt like I was seeing everything well and it accumulates to 51 points."
Warner, who improved his playoff record to 93, finished 29 of 33 for 379 yards with no interceptions. The five TDs matched the 38yearold's career best.
Rodgers, in his first Jon Beason Youth Jersey playoff start, was 28 of 42 for a Packers postseasonrecord 422 yards and four TDs. All but two of Rodgers' yards came after the first quarter.
"It's clearly one of the toughest losses I've been a part of," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said.
The previous high for combined points in a postseason game was 95 in Philadelphia's 5837 win over Detroit on Dec. 30, 1995.
"Whew," Warner said at his postgame news conference. "Anybody else tired?"
Arizona plays at New Orleans on Saturday.
It was the most points scored and allowed by the Packers (116) in their storied 41game playoff history.
Dansby started and ended the game with big plays. He broke up Rodgers' opening pass and Dominique RodgersCromartie intercepted. The next time the Packers got the ball, Dansby stripped Donald Driver and Arizona's Alan Branch recovered.
With Anquan Boldin sidelined with ankle and knee injuries, Warner threw Jon Beason Jersey White two touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald, two to Early Doucet and one to Steve Breaston, who caught seven passes for 125 yards.
The last playoff game to end on a defensive touchdown was Jan. 4, 2004, when Al Harris returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown in Green Jon Beason Black Jersey Bay's 3327 win over Seattle.