I have just finished watching the NFC playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals in which the Cardinals won 27-20 in OT on a game winning touchdown by Larry Fitzgerald. Moments earlier, Fitzgerald had caught a pass from Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and rushed 75 yards to take the ball to first & goal.
I don’t want to take anything away from the Cardinals and particularly Fitzgerald. The man is a future Hall of Famer. The game itself was outstanding to the very end. Yet I think it ended too soon. I dare say the Packers were robbed. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had to throw an incredible Hail Mary pass to even get to OT. And then they don’t even get a chance to run the ball down the field?
Could you imagine MLB invoking a rule in which if the visiting team could win an extra inning game without the home team getting its at bats? That’s basically the NFL’s overtime rules amount to in the grand scheme of things.
Now I have no dog in this game. I’m a Pats fan. But I think the Packers and Cardinals should have played a full 15 minute quarter. If the Cardinals still had the lead at the end of the quarter then fine. At least the Packers would have had their shot.
As it stands, the Packers pack up and go home while the Cardinals face either the Carolina Panthers or the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Final a week from Sunday.