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The Journal Sentinel's Michael Cohen and CineSport's Noah Coslov preview Packers-Cardinals by talking about what improvements must be seen this week and the plan minus Davante Adams.
Green Bay Packers (11-6) at Arizona Cardinals (13-3)
The Packers and Cardinals will meet for the third time in the postseason. The clubs split the first two meetings as Green Bay defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 41-16 in the 1982 playoffs (January 8, 1983) and Arizona knocked off Green Bay 51-45 in overtime during the Wild Card round of the 2009 postseason (January 10, 2010). The Cardinals were victorious earlier this season in Week 16, beating the Packers 38-8 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Green Bay advanced to the Divisional round after a 35-18 win over Washington last week. Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS, who has a 100.3 postseason passer rating in his career, threw touchdown passes to RANDALL COBB and DAVANTE ADAMS while running backs JAMES STARKS and EDDIE LACY each rushed for a score.
"The playoffs bring it out of all of us," says Rodgers. "It's a one-and-done mentality. We know how to win these games."
The Cardinals won a franchise-record 13 games and captured the team's first NFC West division title since 2009. Arizona has won at least 10 games in all three seasons under head coach BRUCE ARIANS.
The Cardinals' offense scored a team-record 489 points (30.6 per game) led by Pro Bowl quarterback CARSON PALMER and wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD. Palmer set club records with 4,671 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes and a 104.6 passer rating. Fitzgerald, who holds NFL records for the most catches (30), receiving yards (546) and touchdown receptions (seven) in a single postseason (2008), had a team-record 109 catches and his seventh 1,000-yard season (1,215 yards).
"The regular season is over," says Palmer. "Now the fun begins."