Sports / 

Cardinals-Packers playoff game an instant classic; Oregon State player trips ref

By Sean Walker | Posted - Jan. 18, 2016 at 11:01 a.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

THE POSTSEASON — If you missed the NFC division game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night, you missed one of the craziest endings to an NFL postseason game in modern memory.

Here's a look at that, and the best of the rest that caught the Internet's attention this weekend.

Rodgers completes two Hail Marys in final drive

If there was any doubt as to Aaron Rodgers' place in the pantheon of great NFL quarterbacks, the Green Bay signal caller put another nail in the plaque of his greatest achievements Saturday night.

With the Packers trailing at Arizona, 20-13, Rodgers completed a fourth-and-20 from his own end zone for 60 yards to give his team a chance.

Then again, on fourth down and the last play of regulation, Rodgers forced overtime with this strike.

The Cardinals went on to win in overtime, thanks to Larry Fitzgerald and a 26-20 victory that came courtesy of the NFL's overtime rules. But Rodgers' play down the stretch will be remembered as one of the great moments in the 2015-16 NFL postseason.

Jonathan Stewart has one big fan in Carolina

The Cardinals' NFC championship game opponent Carolina Panthers held off a stirring second-half rally from the Seattle Seahawks to book their spot in the conference title game.

But what running back Jonathan Stewart did during the game will melt even the staunchest Seahawks fan's heart.

After Stewart gashed Seattle for a 59-yard rush up the middle, he calmly collected a 4-yard TD run — and then ran to the back of the end zone to give the winning football to a young fan seated on the front row.

How cool was the moment? Her reaction speaks for itself.

Oregon State player ejected for tripping ref during Utah's comeback win

Oregon State's Jarmal Reid wasn't happy that he didn't draw a foul on Utah's Jakob Poetl as the Runnin' Utes executed a rally down the stretch to knock off the Beavers in the Huntsman Center.

But taking it out on the ref? That seems a little extreme.

Reid was ejected from the game, and Utah finished the rally. But Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle wasn't sure what happened in his postgame radio interview.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is expected to review the incident. Hopefully the league's interpretation doesn't trip him up.

Sean Walker

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast