The last time the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals played one another was in the Divisional playoffs three years ago. The Packers, who made the playoffs as a Wild Card team, were the fifth seed and defeated Washington a week earlier before making their way Southwest to the desert.
There, they lost a playoff game in overtime for the second straight season and on the final play of the game for the third year in a row. It was just another in a long line of disappointments in the postseason for Aaron Rodgers and company, and it was the second playoff overtime loss in Arizona in his tenure as the Packers’ starting quarterback.
Since then, the Cardinals have been on a downward trend. After losing in the 2015 NFC Championship, they went 7-8-1 in 2016 and went 8-8 a year ago while seeing Carson Palmer get injured once again and eventually hang up his cleats. This season, with a rookie head coach (Steve Wilks) and a rookie quarterback (Josh Rosen), the Cards are in a battle for the top overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft, as they are currently locked in a three-way tie with San Francisco and Oakland for the worst record in the league at 2-9.
The Packers, of course, desperately need to win this week — indeed, they need wins in each of their final five contests to have any feasible shot at the postseason. With Mike McCarthy’s seat hotter than Arizona in July, tune in on Sunday to see if some cold air at the frozen tundra can cool it down just a bit with a Green Bay victory.
Here’s a look at the details for Sunday’s game.
Arizona Cardinals (2-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (4-6-1)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
12:00 Noon Central Time (1:00 PM Eastern)
Commentators: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnson, Laura Okmin
Packers Radio Network
Sirius 119/125, XM 229/383
Packers favored by 13.5 points
Over/under total: 42
Divisional Playoffs, 2015 — @Cardinals 26, Packers 20 (OT)
Last regular season game: Week 17, 2015 — @Cardinals 38, Packers 8
Last game at Lambeau: Week 9 2012 — @Packers 31, Cardinals 17
All-Time Head-to-Head Record
Regular season: Packers lead 46-23-4
Playoffs: Cardinals lead 2-1