The Cardinals began the second half by intercepting an underthrown pass by Aaron Rodgers. The pass was deflected by Calais Campbell and into the hands of safety Rashad Johnson at the Packers 47. The Packers defense rose to the occasion, as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted Carson Palmer on third-and-11 at the Packers 19-yard line.
Eddie Lacy broke loose on a 61-yard gallop to the Cardinals 8-yard line with 11:36 to play in the third quarter. It’s the longest run by a Packers running back in a postseason game. On third down, Rodgers scrambled forward and found Jeff Janis for an 8-yard touchdown that put the Packers in the lead, 13-7, with 10:17 to play in the third quarter. The drive covered 81 yards in six plays.
The Cardinals stormed back with a 32-yard pass from Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against B.J. Raji moved the ball to the Packers 27. On second-and-9, Palmer found Fitzgerald again, this time for 19 to the 7. A crackback penalty against Fitzgerald moved the ball back to the 20, first and goal. The Cardinals had to settle for a field goal, 13-10, 5:05 to play in the third quarter.
Arizona got the ball back at its 31-yard line with 2:50 to play in the third quarter. Palmer found Fitzgerald for 22 yards. Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling and lost, which also cost the Packers a time out.
Palmer threw to David Johnson for 10 to the 28 on what was the last play of the third quarter.
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