The Arizona Cardinals extended their streak to nine consecutive wins after their blowout game against the Green Bay Packers. It seemed as though the Cardinals could do no wrong on Sunday, as they performed well on either side of the ball to ensure a 38-8 blowout win over the Packers.
Alongside 38 points, the Cardinals put extensive amounts of pressure on Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom they sacked eight times, two of which resulted in fumbles returned for touchdowns.
Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer accumulated a total 265 passing yards in 27 attempts and two touchdowns.
“Each game at this time of the year, the games mean a little bit more. They get a little bit bigger,” Palmer said. “What we did last Sunday night, locking up the NFC West division, it’s on to the next one and this game. There are even more implications on this one.”
The Packers are now in a dire need for a division rival Minnesota Vikings loss in their Sunday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants, which is never a favorable position for any team looking to progress to late-January football. But, the Packers may find solace in the fact that the Giants are officially eliminated from playoff contention this season, due to their mediocre performances and lack of talent. Based on trend of the season, it’s expected that the Giants will lose, which can only help the Packers.
“Not only does this have big playoff implications, but at the same time, you know, it kind of shows what you’re made of this point in the season,” Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews said. “But this is a game that obviously we’ll want to set the tone for hopefully this final part of the season and playoffs.”