Packers beat Cardinals on Thursday Night Football

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


NFL week 8 began with thrilling contest between two NFC powerhouses on Thursday Night Football, as the 6-1 Green Bay Packers met the 7-0 Arizona Cardinals in Phoenix.

In a game that could be a preview to this year’s NFC Championship Game, Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 24-21 win over Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. The Packers had a ten point lead in the 4th quarter, but the Cardinals scored with ten minutes to go to bring the lead down to three.

After the Arizona defense forced a punt, the Cardinals got the ball back late with a chance to tie or win the game and keep their perfect season alive. They drove to Green Bay’s four yard line and had an almost guaranteed chance to tie the game and a great chance to win. But with 15 seconds to play, Murray and veteran receiver A.J. Green miscommunicated on a corner rout to the end zone, and Green Bay’s defensive back Rasul Douglas picked off Murray’s pass in the back corner to seal the win for the Packers.

This was a huge win for Green Bay, who now sits tied with Arizona for the best record in the NFC. NFL fans will keep a close eye on these two teams and their conference record, which would serve as the tiebreaker for the highest seed should both teams finish the season with the same record. Last night’s win gives Green Bay a distinct advantage in that playoff push.

Still, Arizona remains a formidable threat in the NFC, behind Murray’s playmaking and several veteran weapons including D’Andre Hopkins and newly acquired tight end Zach Ertz.