Packers take high road after playoff loss
The Green Bay Packers took the high road after last night's 51-45 overtime playoff loss at Arizona. And they did not question some calls that national writers are bringing up today.
The biggest one was on the game's final play. Replays showed that the Cardinals' Michael Adams hit Aaron Rodgers' head and pulled his face-mask as he stripped the ball loose. Karlos Dansby caught it and scored the game-winning touchdown.
Rodgers was not asked about the possible face-mask in his post-game news conference, but MSNBC writers were among those bringing it up today.
They also said a roughing-the-passer call on Packers' defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins was questionable - and Charles Woodson was on the ground several times at key moments in his match-up with Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Woodson said officials could have made some calls - but he won't whine about it, saying the Cardinals made the plays they needed to make.
The Packers came back from 21 points down in the second half to tie the game, before Adams' controversial hit on Rodgers in overtime.
Green Bay and Arizona broke three NFL post-season records with their 96 combined points, one-thousand-24 total yards, and 62 first downs.
The Packers broke team playoff records with their 45 total points, 493 total yards, and 32 first downs.
Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in his first playoff game, set a team record with his 422 passing yards - and he tied Brett Favre for most completions in a post-season game with 28.
Rodgers threw four touchdown passes and had a passer rating of 121-point-three. But his lone interception set up the Cardinals' first touchdown - and Rodgers was sacked five times.
Tight end Jermichael Finley also broke the Green Bay playoff record for most receiving yards with 159.
The Packers were down by two touchdowns at the half - and they fell behind by three touchdowns before coming back to tie it in regulation. Coach Mike McCarthy said he had no doubt his Packers would fight back.