Mason Crosby’s Last-Second Miss Terminates Green Bay’s Playoff Hopes As Cardinals Win At Lambeau 20-17
Aaron Rogers was saying last Sunday, that his team needs to win all five games until the end of the regular part of the NFL season, if they want to enter the playoffs.
Just one week later, that plan collapsed after a disappointing defeat against the worst team in the whole league, the Arizona Cardinals. It was 20-17 for the guests, who now have three wins and nine losses.
The Packers (4-7-1) had a chance to tie the game in the last seconds of this contest, but Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard field kick, annihilating Packers’ hopes for reaching the postseason.
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) December 2, 2018
Even if they win all four games until the end, which is highly unlikely with this quality of their performances, Packs are far away from the wild card zone.
Today, they struggled offensively, with Rodgers failing to deliver at least his average performance. No.12 in Green Bay had 233 yards completing 31 of his 50 passes, for one touchdown. He set a new franchise record for attempts without an interception, which now stands at 295 tries. But we could hardly say that this interests him at the moment.
Two touchdowns for the home team were scored by Davante Adams who caught Rogers’ 13-yard pass and Aaron Jones who carried the ball for 8 yards before entering the end zone.
Meanwhile, Arizona rookie quarterback Josh Rosen didn’t have a single touchdown pass, and he completed only 11 of his 26 throws. But when needed the most in the last period, he found Larry Fitzgerald for a 32-yard catch on a second-and-23, and created a perfect position for Zane Gonzales, Cardinals’ kicker.
— Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) December 2, 2018
His field goal turned out to be a decisive moment of the event, and the credits need to go to Rosen. Rookie running back Chase Edmonds rushed for 53 yards, and two touchdowns, proving that Cardinals have a nice future.
Mike McCarthy’s future, however, is anything but nice. Even before this event, the voices of those who wanted him out of the picture in Wisconsin were loud, and after this bad season, they are going to be even more unpleasant.
In the next game, Green Bay hosts the Atlanta Falcons, while Arizona welcomes Detroit.