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Cardinals stun fading Packers at Lambeau; McCarthy fired

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The lowly Arizona Cardinals pulled off an upset at Lambeau Field that was so much a stunner that the Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy after the game.

Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left, Green Bay's Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired and the Cardinals braved wintry conditions to hold on for a 20-17 victory on Sunday.

The Packers (4-7-1) announced McCarthy's dismissal following the postgame availabilities with the media. Team president Mark Murphy made the move after Green Bay took another debilitating hit to its fading playoff hopes.

''The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers,'' Murphy said in a statement. ''As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately.''

For McCarthy, a tenure highlighted by a Super Bowl win in the 2010 season ends with a loss to Arizona (3-9), one of the worst teams in the league.

After the game, but before the Packers fired McCarthy, the Cardinals were joking and yelling in the visitor's locker room as if they didn't believe what had just happened.

''We did that! We did that,'' some emotional players yelled.

Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen struggled for much of the afternoon, but hit Larry Fitzgerald for a sliding 32-yard completion on third-and-23 to help set up Gonzalez's winning kick.

''It's hard to win in this league and it's been a long time since we won a football game,'' coach Steve Wilks said.

It was Oct. 28, to be exact, when the Cardinals beat San Francisco at home. Until Sunday, their only other victory this season came on the road against the 49ers.

Crosby pushed his kick wide right, with the flags atop Lambeau blowing in toward the field at the time of the play. Green Bay's playoff hopes took another significant blow.

''It was clearly a very disappointing loss, it was a game we needed to win,'' McCarthy said in his final press conference, before his firing was announced.

Gonzalez just joined the team this week after Phil Dawson was placed on injured reserve. The Cardinals had a patchwork offensive line, which didn't bode well for what had been the league's worst offense coming into the day.

''All the things that were said on the outside, these guys circled the wagons and came together,'' Wilks said.

Green Bay has lost three straight and five of six.

Aaron Rodgers was 31 of 50 for 233 yards and a touchdown. A couple throws looked off, especially in the first half, and receivers had a few drops.

The offense regained some swagger after Rodgers orchestrated a 95-yard drive that led to Aaron Jones' 8-yard touchdown run with 5:26 left, tying it at 17. Davante Adams tip-toed the sideline for a 19-yard catch to extend that drive.

But too many missed opportunities and drops caught up with the Packers in the end. They struggled on third down, going 3 for 14 in the continuation of a season-long theme.

Rookie Chase Edmonds ran for two touchdowns for Arizona. Rosen was 11 of 26 for 149 yards, making just enough plays in front of a makeshift offensive line.

''Other than (center Mason Cole), I don't think a single one of those guys start the season,'' Rosen said. ''They're doing a hell of a job.''

IT'S FITZ

Fitzgerald's 32-yard reception gave him 1,281 for his career, matching Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for most receptions in NFL history with one team.

''I'm not big on the records,'' Fitzgerald said. ''This is a difficult place to get a win and we needed it badly. It's been a rough year. Mostly, I'm just happy we were able to come out victorious.''

RODGERS' INPUT

Rodgers said his focus was getting his teammates to ''play with that pride'' and focus on the next four games. The Packers still have a chance to make the postseason, however slim.

''Yeah, I mean I'm not even thinking about that right now,'' Rodgers said when asked if he would have any role with Murphy or general manager Brian Gutekunst about what direction they should go with the coaching staff.

McCarthy's dismissal was announced about an hour later.

The offensive players, Rodgers said, bear blame for whatever happens in the future.

''Yeah, a lot probably. We haven't played very well,'' he said.

KEY PLAY

Rosen's 32-yard completion to Fitzgerald sapped momentum from the Packers after Arizona was pushed back to its own 12. Dean Lowry sacked Rosen on first down, and Rosen threw an incompletion on second-and-18 following a botched snap. Wilks said he likes how Rosen shook off earlier struggles.

RODGERS RECORD

A 16-yard completion to Adams with 13:42 left in the second quarter gave Rodgers the team record for attempts without an interception. Hall of Famer Bart Starr set the previous mark of 294 from 1964-65.

INJURY REPORT

Cardinals: LG Mike Iupati was carted off the field in the third quarter with a knee injury. Arizona was already starting rookies at center and right tackle.

Packers: RG Byron Bell and RT Bryan Bulaga each left in the second quarter with knee injuries.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Host the Detroit Lions on Dec. 9.

Packers: Host the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 9.

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Key Players
C. Edmonds 29 RB
53 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 13 ReYds, 2 RECs
18
FPTS
A. Rodgers 12 QB
233 PaYds, PaTD, 20 RuYds
17
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:45
Z.Gonzalez 44 yard field goal is GOOD Center-A.Brewer Holder-A.Lee.
11
plays
49
yds
3:45
pos
20
17
Point After TD 5:26
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 5:31
A.Jones left end for 8 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
95
yds
5:51
pos
17
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:54
Z.Gonzalez extra point is GOOD Center-A.Brewer Holder-A.Lee.
plays
yds
pos
17
10
Touchdown 1:54
C.Edmonds left end for 8 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
65
yds
1:38
pos
16
10
Field Goal 5:22
Z.Gonzalez 44 yard field goal is GOOD Center-A.Brewer Holder-A.Lee.
6
plays
61
yds
2:24
pos
10
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:18
M.Crosby 32 yard field goal is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
14
plays
55
yds
4:27
pos
7
10
Point After TD 4:42
Z.Gonzalez extra point is GOOD Center-A.Brewer Holder-A.Lee.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 4:42
C.Edmonds up the middle for 6 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
75
yds
6:47
pos
6
7
Point After TD 11:29
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 11:29
A.Rodgers pass short middle to D.Adams for 13 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
35
yds
2:13
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 27:34 32:26
1st Downs 18 22
Rushing 8 6
Passing 8 15
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 5-13 3-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 2-2
Total Net Yards 315 325
Total Plays 57 74
Avg Gain 5.5 4.4
Net Yards Rushing 182 98
Rush Attempts 29 23
Avg Rush Yards 6.3 4.3
Net Yards Passing 133 227
Comp. - Att. 11-26 31-50
Yards Per Pass 5.1 4.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-16 1-6
Penalties - Yards 7-49 7-43
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 3-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-40.7 7-40.7
Return Yards 14 97
Punts - Returns 3-14 2-25
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-72
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 3/4
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 2-2 -100% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Cardinals 3-9 0710320
Packers 4-7-1 0100717
133 PASS YDS 227
182 RUSH YDS 98
315 TOTAL YDS 325
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Rosen 3 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
42.3% 149 0 0 61.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.2% 1670 10 11 68.2
J. Rosen 11/26 149 0 0 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
Da. Johnson 31 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 69 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
205 761 6
Da. Johnson 20 69 0 13 6
C. Edmonds 29 RB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 53 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 138 2
C. Edmonds 5 53 2 29 18
J. Rosen 3 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 78 0
J. Rosen 2 32 0 33 8
T. Logan 22 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
T. Logan 1 5 0 5 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Fitzgerald 11 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 48 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 508 5
L. Fitzgerald 6 3 48 0 32 4
T. Sherfield 16 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 33 0
T. Sherfield 3 1 21 0 21 2
C. Edmonds 29 RB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 76 0
C. Edmonds 2 2 13 0 8 18
R. Seals-Jones 86 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 287 1
R. Seals-Jones 3 1 10 0 10 1
Da. Johnson 31 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 328 2
Da. Johnson 2 1 3 0 3 6
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
G. Hodges 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-6 0 0.0
G. Hodges 12-1 0.0 0 0
A. Bethea 41 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
78-19 0 2.0
A. Bethea 8-2 0.0 0 0
D. Amerson 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
D. Amerson 5-1 0.0 0 0
B. Baker 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
59-21 0 2.0
B. Baker 5-0 0.0 0 0
H. Reddick 43 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-20 0 2.0
H. Reddick 5-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-8 0 12.0
C. Jones 4-0 1.0 0 0
T. Boston 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-10 3 0.0
T. Boston 3-0 0.0 0 0
C. Peters 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-11 0 2.0
C. Peters 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Gunter 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-9 0 2.0
R. Gunter 2-0 0.0 0 0
P. Peterson 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-8 2 1.0
P. Peterson 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Nkemdiche 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-10 0 4.0
R. Nkemdiche 1-1 0.0 0 0
L. Johnson 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
L. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Mayowa 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-6 0 3.0
B. Mayowa 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Golden 44 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-4 0 1.0
M. Golden 1-1 0.0 0 0
Z. Turner 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 0.0
Z. Turner 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Z. Gonzalez 5 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
4/7 5/7
Z. Gonzalez 2/2 44 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lee 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 44.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
71 48.5 20
A. Lee 6 44.8 3 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Rodgers 12 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62% 233 1 0 79.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.8% 3504 21 1 99.3
A. Rodgers 31/50 233 1 0 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Jones 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 36 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
112 642 7
A. Jones 11 36 1 13 10
M. Valdes-Scantling 83 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 29 0
M. Valdes-Scantling 2 29 0 21 3
A. Rodgers 12 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 168 0
A. Rodgers 3 20 0 11 17
J. Williams 30 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
82 293 1
J. Williams 7 13 0 4 2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Adams 17 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 8 93 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 85 1115 11
D. Adams 13 8 93 1 19 15
J. Graham 80 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 8 50 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 44 536 2
J. Graham 11 8 50 0 10 5
R. Cobb 18 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 283 1
R. Cobb 5 3 25 0 9 2
M. Valdes-Scantling 83 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 432 2
M. Valdes-Scantling 7 2 19 0 11 3
A. Jones 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 178 1
A. Jones 4 4 16 0 6 10
J. Williams 30 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 91 0
J. Williams 4 4 14 0 10 2
J. Kumerow 16 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 11 0
J. Kumerow 2 1 11 0 11 1
R. Tonyan 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 59 1
R. Tonyan 1 1 5 0 5 0
E. St. Brown 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 215 0
E. St. Brown 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
I. Campbell 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-3 0 0.0
I. Campbell 8-0 0.0 0 1
B. Martinez 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
65-41 0 4.0
B. Martinez 5-5 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-4 0 1.0
J. Jones 4-0 1.0 0 0
K. Clark 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-19 0 6.0
K. Clark 3-4 0.0 0 0
T. Williams 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-11 0 0.0
T. Williams 3-1 0.0 0 0
R. Gilbert 93 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-9 0 2.0
R. Gilbert 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Lowry 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-9 0 3.0
D. Lowry 2-0 1.0 0 0
J. Jackson 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-8 0 0.0
J. Jackson 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Lancaster 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
T. Lancaster 2-1 0.0 0 0
E. Pleasant 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Pleasant 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
M. Adams 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Alexander 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-4 1 0.0
J. Alexander 1-0 0.0 0 0
O. Burks 42 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-5 0 0.0
O. Burks 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Brown 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
T. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Matthews 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-12 0 2.0
C. Matthews 0-1 0.0 0 0
K. Fackrell 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-6 0 8.0
K. Fackrell 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Crosby 2 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
22/29 27/29
M. Crosby 1/2 32 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 48.4 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
52 45.6 17
J. Scott 7 48.4 2 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Williams 30 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 24.0 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 23.8 30 0
J. Williams 3 24.0 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Alexander 23 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 12.5 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 12.5 24 0
J. Alexander 2 12.5 24 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:03 ARI 20 3:09 7 27 Punt
5:04 ARI 46 3:47 6 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:42 ARI 11 1:01 3 -2 Punt
11:29 ARI 25 6:47 11 75 TD
0:15 ARI 25 0:15 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ARI 25 1:22 3 -3 Punt
11:12 ARI 20 0:45 3 8 Punt
7:42 ARI 13 2:24 6 61 FG
3:32 ARI 35 1:38 4 65 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:58 ARI 29 2:41 4 2 Punt
5:26 ARI 25 3:45 11 49 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GB 21 5:57 9 29 Punt
5:54 GB 8 0:50 3 4 Punt
1:16 GB 19 1:34 4 21 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:42 ARI 35 2:13 5 35 TD
4:42 GB 31 4:27 14 55 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:38 GB 35 2:26 5 12 Punt
10:27 GB 24 2:45 5 14 Punt
5:18 GB 25 1:46 3 9 Punt
1:54 GB 24 2:56 5 -4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:17 GB 5 5:51 11 95 TD
1:41 GB 25 1:41 12 44 FG Miss