Moment 73 Desert Shootout

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January 10, 2010

In Aaron Rodgers’ first career postseason appearance, he brings the Packers back from a 21-point deficit, but Green Bay loses the highest-scoring playoff game in league history, 51-45, to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime.

The Packers trailed 31-10 early in the third quarter when the rally began. Back-to-back touchdown drives, sandwiched around a successful onside kick, quickly got the Packers back in it.

Green Bay tied the game twice, at 38-all early in the fourth quarter and at 45-all with just under two minutes left in regulation. The Cardinals drove for a potential game-winning field goal, but kicker Neil Rackers duck-hooked a 34-yarder on the final play of the fourth quarter.

The Packers won the toss in overtime and took the ball, but Rodgers overthrew Greg Jennings on a deep pass on the first snap. Two plays later, on third-and-6 from his own 24-yard line, Rodgers was hit by blitzing safety Michael Adams and lost the handle on the ball. Arizona linebacker Carlos Dansby scooped up the fumble on the fly and returned it 17 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Rodgers threw for 423 yards in the game, and tight end Jermichael Finley was responsible for 159 of those yards, both Packers postseason records.
  • Desert Shootout
    Photo credit: AP
  • Desert Shootout
    Photo credit: AP