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Green Bay Packers’ late pick sends Arizona Cardinals to first loss

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers running back A.J. Dillon (28) runs the ball against Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker (3) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers running back A.J. Dillon (28) runs the ball against Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker (3) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, Rasul Douglas made a game-saving interception and the Green Bay Packers ended the Arizona Cardinals’ unbeaten start with a solid 24-21 victory on Thursday night in Glendale, Ariz.

Douglas’ interception in the end zone with 12 seconds remaining sealed the victory as Green Bay (7-1) increased its winning streak to seven games. Randall Cobb caught two scoring passes, Aaron Jones rushed for a score and Rogers completed 22 of 37 passes for 184 yards.

James Conner rushed for two touchdowns and Chase Edmonds notched one for the Cardinals (7-1), who had started 7-0 for the first time since 1974 when they resided in St. Louis and were coached by legendary Don Coryell.

Arizona’s Kyler Murray completed 22 of 33 passes for 274 yards and two interceptions. DeAndre Hopkins played sparingly due to a hamstring injury and had two receptions for 66 yards.

Green Bay outgained the Cardinals 335 yards to 334 and controlled the ball for 37 minutes, 35 seconds. The Packers didn’t commit a turnover while forcing three.

Arizona seemed headed for a two-score deficit when Jones was ruled to have scored on a 1-yard run in the final quarter. However, the play was reviewed and the touchdown was overturned to keep Green Bay ahead by three with 4:44 left.

The Cardinals kept the Packers out of the end zone — Devon Kennard batted away Rodgers’ fourth-down throw — and took possession on their own 1-yard line with 3:23 remaining.

Murray had completions of 23 yards to A.J. Green, 29 to Christian Kirk and 22 to Edmonds, and Arizona eventually reached the Green Bay 5.

However, Green never looked for the ball on the decisive play as Murray tossed it his way. Douglas reached out with his left hand and corralled the ball for his first interception since 2018, when he was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Green Bay scored 17 consecutive points after allowing an early touchdown.

Rodgers tossed a 2-yard scoring pass to Cobb to make it 17-7 with 11:37 left in the third quarter.

Arizona pulled within three on Conner’s 2-yard touchdown run with 6:22 remaining in the period.

The Packers pushed the margin back to 10 when Rodgers threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Cobb on the first play of the final stanza. However, the Cardinals pulled within 24-21 on Conner’s 9-yard jaunt with 10:45 remaining.

Green Bay led 10-7 at the break.

Edmonds scored on an 11-yard with 6:17 left in the first quarter.

The Packers tied the score on Jones’ 2-yard run with 12:54 left in the second quarter and moved ahead on Mason Crosby’s 21-yard field goal with 6:24 remaining.

–Field Level Media