Why the Green Bay Packers owe the Arizona Cardinals a Super Bowl ring

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6 Oct 1991: A GENERAL VIEW OF LAMBEAU FIELD, HOME OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS, DURING THE PACKERS 20-17 LOSS TO THE DALLAS COWBOYS.

That’s correct. The Green Bay Packers owe the Arizona Cardinals a Super Bowl ring.

Remember the NFL in the 1990s? When the Arizona Cardinals could deliver hard, bone-crushing hits that got the crowd fired up without drawing a penalty? The Dallas Cowboys dynasty winning three titles? What about the Green Bay Packers return to glory after 29 long seasons of wandering in the dark?

That’s where we’ll time travel to because in that era is where the Packers owe the Cardinals a Super Bowl ring. But before we get to the reason why we’re going to have to dig into each team’s journey to that one specific moment.

Context is key, especially when talking about history in the NFL- arguably the most colorful, unique, and intriguing history of any sports league that’s ever existed.

There was one decision that would end up not only changing the history for these two franchises, but the direction of the league as well for years to come. The irony and “cosmic sort of way” parts of this story are something that should have been made into a movie by now. To this writer’s knowledge, such a documentary of this decision doesn’t exist.

We’re going to take you back to 1990 when the Phoenix Cardinals existed and Green Bay was still struggling to return to their Lombardi glory. If you’re old enough to remember, it was a bad year for both teams. But thanks to the Cardinals’ simple decision, the NFL was forever changed.

Let’s begin.

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