Many people, including the announcers of the NFC Divisional game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals, questioned the play calls late in the fourth quarter by Bruce Arians and his squad in a very tight contest.
On a second down play with the clock winding down close to the crucial two-minute warning, the Cardinals ran a fade route to Larry Fitzgerald, resulting in an incomplete pass and stopping the clock, which practically played into the hands of the Green Bay Packers. Later on the final play of regulation, and a touchdown needed by Green Bay to extend the game, Arizona blitzed and ended up falling victim to the second magical Hail Mary of the season by Aaron Rodgers.
When asked about the play calls during the press conference after the 26-20 Arizona win in overtime, Bruce Arians had no regrets on the decisions made during those crucial final moments.
“I play to win,” were the words of Arians. Arians defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, was going to play prevent defense, but Arians had a different plan in mind.
“Hell no. Blitz him,” were Arians thoughts about the final play of regulation. Luckily for him, he had Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, and a coin toss in his favor to help him not have to eat those words.