Baby, it was cold outside.
Maybe not 10 degrees cold but with the 30 degree weather and heavy windchill it was an experience that most fans at the game will want to remember.
Before the game, some news broke about the Cardinals and the future of their head coach and GM situations:
From @NFLGameDay: The #Bengals signed coach Marvin Lewis to a 1-year extension with an option last year, which puts him on the hot seat again. Meanwhile, all options are on the table moving forward for the #AZCardinals. pic.twitter.com/Vd0EgAnQCj— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 2, 2018
The game started out with Arizona forcing two Packer punts, but couldn’t get much going on the ground and there were some defensive and special teams concerns with tackling:
Missed tackles on punt coverage costs Cardinals another 15 yards or so. Packers start at AZ 33.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 2, 2018
Lots of missed tackles early for Cardinals— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 2, 2018
Rosen also seemed to have his share of struggles in some tough weather conditions as well, and didn’t get off to a great start after picking up a few first downs:
Deep shot for Fitz down the seam. No chance. Fitz was covered, and the pass was well high. Given the conditions, would think any longer passes are going to be tough to complete.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 2, 2018
Early in the 2nd quarter, the Packers took over in good field position and drove down the field. On 4th down the Packers went for it and....
Welp— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) December 2, 2018
Touchdown Davante Adams. Rogers wasn’t pressured much and Adams got away from Cards defenders without Patrick Peterson on him.
And Adams is very good as well.
Chase Edmonds had a nice start to the day, showcasing some of the positives about this rookie class:
Edmonds turns what could have been 5 yard loss into 8 yard gain— scott bordow (@sbordow) December 2, 2018
The Cardinals even got off to a solid drive after including getting Rosen some time and getting some more rookies.
Offense bounced back, with pure effort from Chase Edmonds.
But wait.....there was a review and....it was overturned. Welp. Sorry, Chase. But fortunately, it didn’t matter and he finally got in for his first NFL score.
Doesn't matter: Edmonds 6-yard run for his first NFL touchdown, capping an 11-play, 75-yard drive. 7-7 w/4:42 2Q#AZvsGB— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) December 2, 2018
Chase Edmonds ruled down at 1-yard line after review of 8-yard TD.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) December 2, 2018
False start on rookie LT Korey Cunningham next play pushes #Cardinals back to 6-yard line.
Then Edmonds scores from 6 yards out on next play.
Edmonds' first career TD#Cardinals 7, #Packers 7.
The Packers had some time and started driving down the field, some more missed tackles and the Packers approached the Cardinals territory.
Budda Baker went down in the game with an injury, possibly the same knee injury he’s been battling.
It is the knee for Budda Baker. His return is questionable.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) December 2, 2018
Budda Baker tweaked his own knee, is it possible he damaged his ACL?#BeRedSeeRed— José Solís (@JoseTweetSports) December 2, 2018
Here’s hoping it wasn’t anything serious.
UPDATE: Budda came back and played in the 2nd half, so a sigh of relief from Cardinals’ fans.
Packers kept driving as the half came to a close. Could the Cards hold?
Turns out, they could.
Chandler Jones with his 12th sack of the season, forces Packers into a third and 9 at their own 14. 22 seconds left in first half.— Bob McManaman (@azbobbymac) December 2, 2018
Two pressures from Chandler Jones and the Packers went to kick a field goal instead taking a 10-7 lead into the half.
Chandler Jones made his presence known.
But at the half it was a, well, pretty boring game overall.
Two garbage teams goin at it in Lambeau this afternoon...— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) December 2, 2018
To start the 2nd half the Cardinals and Packers traded punts, with neither team being able to move the ball well.
It looked pretty bad for the Packers.
So @AdamLefkoe, when you said Rodgers was about to go John Wick on the league, did you mean like early in the film when he's retired?— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) December 2, 2018
It wasn’t all good news.
Mike Iupati, the only starting offensive lineman left from Week 1 was carted off in the 3rd quarter.
He’s experienced nothing but injury problems after the 2018 season started.
And now the entire season projected OL is out with injury. Incredible https://t.co/6vzBpsySku— Cardinals Fangirl (@cardinalsFGSN) December 2, 2018
Colby Gossett, signed on Oct. 30, is now at LG for Iupati.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 2, 2018
Cardinals O-Line Week 1 of the preseason:— Blake Allen Murphy (@blakemurphy7) December 2, 2018
Humphries, Iupati, Shipley, Pugh, Smith
Cardinals current O-Line:
Cunningham, Gossett, Cole, Aboushi, Holden
Not a single one left at this point.
The Cardinals utilized Christian Kirk and ended up tying the game with a Zane Gonzalez field goal.
After a Packer’s 3 and out, Arizona had some momentum.
Budda Baker has been a bright spot on an abysmal Cardinals team. Coveted him coming out of Washington. Dude is a PLAYER.— Andy (@AndyCarlsonShow) December 2, 2018
Josh Rosen and Chase Edmonds suddenly broke off and started taking over.
Edmonds had his best game of the season, with two touchdowns on the day.
Rodgers came back though. He always comes back.
#Packers Prior to Aaron Jones TD run, Davanta Adams made another spectular catch along the sideline.— Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) December 2, 2018
Rodgers danced around for a few seconds before the scramble drill chemistry with Adams paid off. pic.twitter.com/H3cTCLR7Tj
And Green Bay ended up driving down the field to tie the game on a run by Aaron Jones.
The Cardinals were tied and needed help. In trouble and back on 3rd and 23...(forever) came the play of the day...
What a catch by Fitz— scott bordow (@sbordow) December 2, 2018
That catch ties Fitz with Jerry Rice for most catches for one team.— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) December 2, 2018
Larry Fitzgerald just made one of the best catches of his career. Unbelievable.— Ralph Amsden (@ralphamsden) December 2, 2018
Larry LEGEND!!!— Sue H (@azmadame_x) December 2, 2018
Even Vikings fans were thrilled about Fitz’s catch over their rival.
LARRY FITZGERALD, ALWAYS A TRUE MINNESOTAN— Eric Thompson (@eric_j_thompson) December 2, 2018
So...AZ went down and what was going to happen? Would Zane Gonzalez miss?
The Cardinals are in range for a potential game-winning field goal. But this team has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory several times this season, so...— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) December 2, 2018
This game gonna come down to a Zane Gonzalez FG isn't it? #AZvsGB— Blake Allen Murphy (@blakemurphy7) December 2, 2018
He hit his kick, 2/2 on the day for the Red birds.
Ice in his veins - Zane Gonzalez!— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) December 2, 2018
Zane Gonzalez, in his first game with Cards, connects from 44 for a FG and a 20-17 lead. 1:41 left for Rodgers.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 2, 2018
That score courtesy of Fitz.
Post Game, we’ll need to follow up on this but it’s impressive that Arizona managed to get the drive down despite a hobbling Kirk.
Christian Kirk is headed to the locker room. He has been hobbling the last few plays.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) December 2, 2018
But Rodgers wasn’t done and in true dramatic fashion, drove the team down the field.
Because Cardinals/Packers isn’t complete without drama.
After an overthrow in the endzone, Mason Crosby came in to kick and....
Mason Crosby from 49 yards to force overtime ... no good.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 2, 2018
...WHOA. Didn’t see that one coming!
That is a well deserved win by the Cardinals. Props to Zane Gonzalez for a great game and Josh Rosen for that great throw to Fitz on 3rd and 23 that set up the winning FG.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) December 2, 2018
Not a good look for Green Bay, either....
The Green Bay Packers have to fire everybody.— Ralph Amsden (@ralphamsden) December 2, 2018
Even though we talked Friday about why this was a stealable game, I never thought they'd actually steal it https://t.co/tmUT7XyH7U— Dave Burns (@Burnsy987) December 2, 2018
Some fans, of course, felt the game was meaningless....but there’s still always meaning for the young guys on the team.
Very excited to draft 8th now and take another off ball LB— Seth (@SCoxFB) December 2, 2018
If you didn't think the Cardinals were gonna win a meaningless game late in the season that ruins their draft position and justifies their decision a bad coach for another year, can you really call yourself an Arizona sports fan?— ZM (@ZM_sportsball) December 2, 2018
Cardinals had 8 rookies play today.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) December 2, 2018
Statistically, it’s crazy just how long it’s been since the Cards have won on the road against the Packers...
The #Cardinals beat the #Packers on the road for the first time since 1949— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 2, 2018
• The team was the Chicago Cardinals
• Lambeau Field had yet to be built
• Green Bay was coached by Curly Lambeau himself
• Head coaches Mike McCarthy & Steve Wilks had yet to be born@AZCardinals
In any case, there’s really only two tweets that can sum up the game, both courtesy of Shane Dale:
THE CARDINALS JUST BEAT THE PACKERS AT LAMBEAU FIELD.— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) December 2, 2018
First win for the Cardinals in Green Bay in 69 years.— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) December 2, 2018
Now that’s what I call...nice.
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