The Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals game will stream live online and fans will be able to watch a battle of two elite quarterbacks with similar, impressive statistics but a massive difference in postseason experience — and that will almost certainly prove the key if the underdog Packers are going to pull off the upset of the 13-3 Cardinals when they face off in an NFC Divisional Round playoff game Saturday night.
The Packers come into the game following a disappointing 10-6 season in which they dropped six of their last 10 games — but the team rises and falls on the arm of 32-year-old, four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and when Green Bay fell behind 11-0 to the Washington Redskins in last week’s Wild Card game, Rodgers came to life and led the Packers to a statement-making 35-18 win.
The game was emblematic of Rodgers’ postseason career, with 13 playoff games already on his resumé including a Super Bowl victory and eight postseason wins overall.
But on the Arizona side, while 36-year-old signal caller Carson Palmer led the NFL in yards per pass attempt as well as in ESPN Quarterback Rating, the 2003 overall Number One draft pick out of USC has played in only two postseason games throughout his 13-year career — and come out on the losing end of both.
Saturday’s matchup with Rodgers and the Packers will be the first postseason appearance for Palmer since 2009. Will the wide disparity in playoff experience between the two quarterbacks make a difference, especially considering that when these two teams met in the final week of the regular season the Arizona crushed Green Bay 38-8?
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Find out what CBS Sports football analysts Brady Quinn, Pete Prisco, and Pat Kirwan think about the game in their video preview of the Packers-Cardinals game, below.
Find out how to watch the Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals live online; see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday, January 16. That’s 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
Despite their dominant defeat of the Packers just two weeks ago, the Cardinals say that the season-ending game will have no bearing on Saturday’s playoff contest.
“It will be a different team this time around,” Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians said earlier this week. “They obviously got a little confidence after the way they played (in the Wild Card win over the Redskins), and they got some healthy offensive linemen back which will make a big difference in the game.”
“There aren’t too many times you have an opportunity to go back and have a re-do,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy echoed. “We’re looking forward to having a re-do.”
Will the Green Bay Packers carry their momentum from last week’s come-from-behind defeat of Washington in the Wild Card game into their Divisional Round showdown with the Arizona Cardinals? Or will the Cardinals continue their dominant season now that the playoffs are underway, dispatching Green Bay as easily as they did in Week 16? To see the questions answered, watch the Green Bay Packers Vs. Arizona Cardinals live online, via NBC Sports Live Extra, by clicking on this link. Streaming video of the Green Bay Packers Vs. Arizona Cardinals will also be available on tablet computers by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app, as well as on set-top devices such as the Roku and Apple TV. Due to contractual agreements, live streaming NFL football games are not available on smartphones.
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