Opponent First Look: Packers at Cardinals

We take our first look at Sunday's showdown at Arizona between the Packers (10-4) and Cardinals (12-2), which is dripping with playoff ramifications.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (10-4) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (12-2)

LAST GAME — 11/4/12: Cardinals 17 at Packers 31. Green Bay WRs James Jones and Randall Cobb combined for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 218 yards and four scores.

LAST GAME AT SITE — 1/3/10: Packers 33, Cardinals 7. Green Bay QB Rodgers completed 21 of 26 passes (80.8 percent) for 235 yards and one touchdowns and added another touchdown on the ground. Packers S Charles Woodson has a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown.

REFEREE — Terry McAulay

BROADCAST — Fox (3:25 p.m.): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 93 (GB), 82 (Ari). XM: 226 (GB), 82 (Ari).

PACKERSCARDINALS
SERIES LEADER 44-22-4
STREAKS 7 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 3-1 Bruce Arians: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 30-20 at Raiders W 40-17 at Eagles
PASSING Rodgers: 304-500-3379-29-6-95.2 Palmer: 312-485-4277 (1C)-32 (T3L)-9-106.7 (2L)
RUSHING Lacy: 162-664-4.1-3 D. Johnson (R): 105-517-4.9-7
RECEIVING Cobb: 70-777-11.1-6 Fitzgerald: 99 (3L)-1131 (3C)-11.4-7
OFFENSE 344.6 422.9 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +7 +10 (3L)
DEFENSE 351.7 329.6 (3C)
SACKS Peppers: 9.5 (T3C) Freeney: 4
INTs Randall (R), Shields: 3 R. Johnson: 5 (T3C)
PUNTING Masthay: 43.8 Butler: 42.4
KICKING Crosby: 101 (35/35 PAT; 22/26 FG) Catanzaro: 129 (3L) (48/52 PAT; 27/29 FG)

PACKERS NOTES: Clinched playoff spot…QB Aaron Rodgers has 9 TDs, 2 INTs and 115 rating in three career starts vs. Arizona. (including playoffs). Has 29 pass TDs and needs one for fifth career 30-touchdown season…RB Eddie Lacy has three 100-yard games in past five. Has 10 TDs (9 rushing, 1 receiving) in 11 career December games. RB James Starks is one of three RBs with 550-plus rushing yards (566), 2-plus rushing TD (2), 350-plus receiving yards (374) and 2-plus receiving TD (3)…WR Randall Cobb had 2 TD catches in only game vs. Arizona. WR James Jones has TD catch in each of past two games vs. Arizona with Green Bay (including playoffs). TE Richard Rodgers has 5 TDs in past seven games…LB Julius Peppers had 2.5 sacks last week. Is only player in history with 100-plus sacks (135) and 10-plus INTs (11). LB Clay Matthews had sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery in last game at Arizona (2009 Wild Card). Rookie Damarious Randall had 43-yard INT-TD last week.

CARDINALS NOTES: Won NFC West. Can clinch first-round bye with win. Have won eight in row. Set franchise record with 12 wins…Have scored team-record 445 points. QB Carson Palmer has won 25 of past 29 starts, including nine of past 10 at home. Has team-record 32 passing TDs and is first quarterback in team history with two 4,000-yard seasons (4,277)…RB Ddavid Johnson leads NFL rookies with 12 TDs. Is one of two rookies (Gale Sayers) in NFL history with seven-plus rush TD, four-plus receiving TD and kickoff-return TD. Rushed for 187 yards and 3 TDs last week. In past three games (first three career starts), has 472 scrimmage yards (157.3 per game), 378 rushing yards (126 per game) and 4 TDs (three rushing, one receiving)…WR Larry Fitzgerald has catch in 184 consecutive games, including playoffs. Since entering NFL in 2004, has 105 receiving TDs (including playoffs), most in NFL. Has four touchdowns in three career meetings (including playoffs). WR John Brown aims for fourth in row at home with TD. WR Michael Floyd has four 100-yard games in past six games…Have 18 INTs, led by S Rashad Johnson (5) and Tyrann Mathieu (5). CB Patrick Peterson had fumble recovery  in last meeting. LB Deone Bucannon had 1st career INT-TD (39 yards) last week.


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