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Packers end Cardinals’ unbeaten NFL start

Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Randall Cobb and the Green Bay Packers knocked off the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals 24-21 after Kyler Murray’s stunning late interception on Thursday night.

The Cardinals looked like they were going to rally to win their eighth straight game but Murray threw an interception on second-and-goal deep inside the final minute. A.J. Green didn’t expect the pass to come his way, never turned around and Green Bay’s Rasul Douglas was there to snatch the ball in the corner of the end zone.

“This is why I love this squad,” Packers quarterback Rodgers said.

“The guy that made the pick was with them (pointing to Cards sideline) for four weeks. He was on the streets. We brought him in. He’s starting for us. He’s a great dude. He’s really meshed well with our team. To come up with a play like that with 15 seconds left is incredible.”

Cobb’s clutch night was much needed since Green Bay were playing without their two top receivers. Davante Adams and Allen Lazard were put on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week, but the 31-year-old Cobb responded with two touchdowns that were both tough catches in traffic.

“It was tough in the passing game at times, but Cobby came up with a couple of big touchdown catches,” Rodgers added.

His six-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter put the Packers up 24-14. Cobb was once one of the NFL’s top receivers – making the Pro Bowl in 2014 with 1,287 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns – but has settled into more a secondary role late in his career.

He only caught three passes on Thursday, but they were important ones.

Green Bay (7-1) have won seven straight games after dropping the season opener after three in pre-season. Arizona (7-1) were trying to set a franchise record for longest winning streak to start a season but instead tied the mark set in 1974.

Cardinals QB Murray finished with 274 yards passing and two interceptions.

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