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Cardinals, Packers set offensive records in wild-card thriller

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The NFC wild-card game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals featured:

-- 96 combined points, the most in NFL playoff history.

-- 13 touchdowns, also a record high.

-- 1,024 yards of total offense.

-- Kurt Warner(notes) and Aaron Rodgers(notes) combining to go 57-for-75, 801 yards, 9 touchdowns.

So it was only fitting that this offensive showcase ended on a stellar defensive play.

Three plays into overtime, Karlos Dansby(notes) snatched an Aaron Rodgers fumble out of mid-air and ran 17 yards into the end zone, advancing the Arizona Cardinals to the divisional playoffs for the second consecutive year. Michael Adams(notes) forced the ball loose (while smashing Rodgers' facemask) with his pass rush on third down.

When Arizona scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to take a 31-10 lead, it appeared that this game would cap one of the most uninteresting NFL playoff weekends in recent memory. But Rodgers and the Packers had no quit in them (cliche, yes -- but can Tom Brady(notes) and the Patriots say the same?) and fans were treated to one of the most thrilling wild-card games of all time.

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