James Starks fumbled on the first play from scrimmage to start the second half. Arizona recovered and returned the fumble 5 yards to the Packers 28. Two plays later, David Johnson ran 14 yards for a touchdown, and the Cardinals had a commanding, 24-0 lead.
The Packers’ deep passing game came to life with a 38-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams. Adams underscored the Packers’ deep-pass frustration by spiking the ball, a 5-yard, delay-of-game penalty.
A couple of scrambles by Aaron Rodgers moved the ball to near midfield. On third-and-7, Rodgers was sacked and stripped of the ball, which was recovered by defensive lineman Cory Redding and returned 36 yards for a touchdown. With 9:34 to play in the third quarter, the Cardinals led, 31-0.
Tackle Bryan Bulaga sustained an ankle injury and his return was questionable. Josh Walker replaced Bulaga and JC Tretter replaced Walker late in the quarter.
The Packers scored on a 28-yard screen pass from Rodgers to Eddie Lacy to put the Packers on the board with 6:31 to play. Rodgers threw to James Jones for two points, 31-8.
Arizona tacked on another defensive touchdown when Dwight Freeney sacked Rodgers and stripped him of the ball. Cornerback Jerraud Powers returned the fumble 7 yards for a touchdown.
Rodgers was sacked for the seventh time in the game. Scott Tolzien was warming up along the sideline but Rodgers returned to the game.
The Cardinals punctuated the quarter with a goal-line stand.
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