Arizona Cardinals last playoff win two years ago
Two years have passed since the exciting overtime victory for the Arizona Cardinals over the Green Bay Packers
It is hard to believe that two years have passed since the amazing NFC Divisional playoff game that saw the Arizona Cardinals move on to the NFC Championship. Most of us should remember the 26-20 overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers.
In some senses it seems like it was just yesterday. Other times it seems like that was a lifetime ago. After the Cardinals defeated the Packers, many felt they would give the Carolina Panthers a great game in the NFC Championship.
As we all know, that didn’t happen. So, we all look back to Saturday night January 16th in 2016 when a see-saw battle saw not one but two Hail Mary’s work against the Cardinals defense.
Since that night, the Cardinals have not won a playoff game. They have missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons.
Injuries have played a part but so has performance at times. In 2016 that was more the case. They came in believing their own press clippings. They felt like a light switch could be turned on.
The 2016 team finished 7-8-1. Even with injuries the 2017 team suffered, they still managed to finish .500 at 8-8.
The 75-yard overtime pass and run from quarterback Carson Palmer to receiver Larry Fitzgerald was a thing of beauty. Two plays later it was all over on a shovel pass from Palmer to Fitz.
The Cardinals could have had it end in regulation if not for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his miracle works. The Packers struggled worse than the Cardinals to a 7-9 record in 2017, thanks in part to a number of injuries, including Rodgers.
Both teams are looking at stiff competition within their own divisions moving forward. It could be awhile before these two teams tangle again in the playoffs. Maybe sooner than later but a lot has to happen between now and then.
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For now, we have the great memories of that night in Glendale. It certainly will be a game many will never forget. Hopefully new playoff memories will be created soon.