Featured image on blog post about the Packers and Cardinals playoff history. It shows Aaron Rodgers getting tackled and fumbling

      Cardinals vs Packers Playoff History

      • All time series: Cardinals lead 2-1
      • First meeting: January 8, 1983
      • Last meeting: January 16, 2016
      • Two of the three games have went to overtime


      January 8, 1983: Cardinals 16 Packers 41

      1982 was a strike shortened season and the Packers hosted a playoff game with a 5-3-1 record. The Packers took a 7-3 lead on a long pass to John Jefferson in the first quarter and added three more scores in the 2nd quarter to make it 28-3. The Cardinals answered with a touchdown themselves before half but the Packers got a touchdown and two field goals to put the game out of reach at 41-9 until the Cardinals scored a meaningless touchdown at the end. Lynn Dickey through for 260 yards and 4 touchdowns for a passer rating of 150.4 which was the Packers playoff record until Jordan Love’s 157.2 passer rating against the Cowboys in the 2023 Wild Card round.

      January 10, 2010: Packers 45 Cardinals 51

      This was Aaron Rodgers’ first start in the playoffs and it started off rocky with him throwing an interception on his first pass of the game. The Packers defense had no answer for Kurt Warner as he had more touchdowns (5) than incompletions (4). The Packers offense kept fighting back and got touchdown receptions by Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Spencer Havner to tie the game at 45. The Cardinals made their way down the field for a chip shot 34 yard field goal attempt but Neil Rackers hooked it left. The Packers got the ball first in overtime and on the first play, Rodgers threw the ball a little to far for Greg Jennings that most likely would have won the game. Two plays later, Rodgers fumbled and it was returned for a touchdown to give the win to the Cardinals.

      January 16, 2016: Packers 20 Cardinals 26

      The Packers came into this game hurting and without many weapons which meant they had to play with Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis at receiver. The Packers defense did a much better job this time around, holding the Cardinals to 6 points in the first half. The Packers briefly took the lead in the third quarter on a 8 yard pass to Jeff Janis before the Cardinals scored 13 straight points. The Packers got the ball at their own 14 yard line down 7 with 1:50 left in the game. Rodgers was sacked by Dwight Freeney to move them back to their own 4 yard line. Rodgers hit Janis for two long passes, one for 60 yards to put the ball at the Arizona 36 with 21 seconds to play, and the other a Hail Mary as time expired to score the touchdown that tied the game. This time around, the Cardinals got the ball first. Carson Palmer had Larry Fitzgerald wide open over the middle and Fitzgerald got it all the way down to the Packers 5 yard line. They would score a touchdown two plays later to win the game.

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