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In a final of heart attack, the Green Bay Packers won on Thursday 24-21 on the field of the Arizona Cardinals, the only team that did not know the defeat in the American football league (NFL).
The Cardinals led the National Conference West division with seven wins and no losses.
Now they are in a group of four franchises with a 6-1 record, which also includes the Packers, Los Angeles Rams and Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Cardinals had in their power to maintain the unbeaten in the last play of the game.
With 12 seconds to go, Kyler Murray looked for a touchdown pass to AJ Green but the receiver was not expecting that play and was never turned around in his career.
The ball was intercepted in the end zone by Rasul Douglas, chilling the public at State Farm Stadium in Glendale (Arizona).
“This is a fighting team,” Rodgers said. “This is a tough, physical and brave team.”
Glad to “see our defense finish the game like this on the road,” said the veteran quarterback.
The Cardinals had started the last possession with three minutes and 20 seconds to rush 99 yards, after Rodgers failed to complete a pass to Randall Cobb that would have sentenced the crash.
The Arizona team trailed on the scoreboard for most of the game but managed to get close 24-21 thanks to James Conner’s second touchdown with 10 minutes and 50 seconds left.
The Packers had numerous casualties, including that of their star receiver, Davante Adams, quarantined for COVID-19; while the Packers couldn’t count on the recently injured JJ Watt.
The long-awaited duel between two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL did not disappoint, although the game was dominated by defense and nerves and inaccuracies at key moments.
Reigning NFL MVP (Most Valuable Player) Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of his 37 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns while Kyler Murray, who limped off the field, completed 22 of 33 passes for 274 yards scoreless.
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