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Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers visit Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals in NBC's NFL divisional playoff game


Thu, Jan 14th 2016 11:25 am

Coverage begins with special edition of 'Football Night In America' at 7:30 p.m.

NBC Sports concludes its coverage of the 2015 NFL playoffs this Saturday, Jan. 16 (8 p.m. ET) with an NFC Divisional Round matchup, when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (NFC North, 10-6) visit Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals (NFC West, 13-3), at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. NBC's coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with a special edition of "Football Night In America."

The Packers return to Arizona to face the Cardinals less than three weeks after meeting in Week 16. The Cardinals defense sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times in the game and returned two of his fumbles for touchdowns en route to a 38-8 win on Dec. 27, clinching a first-round bye for Arizona.

The Cardinals are coming off their best regular season in franchise history. Palmer had the best statistical regular season of his career, setting personal season records in passing yards (4,671), touchdowns (35) and passer rating (104.6). In addition, long-time Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald set a career-high with 109 receptions and surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in a season for the seventh time (1,215).

The Packers advanced to this weekend's game against the Cardinals following a 35-18 win against the Redskins in Washington on Wild Card weekend. Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes to WRs Randall Cobb and Davante Adams in the second quarter to erase an 11-0 deficit, and RBs James Starks and Eddie Lacy added a pair of touchdown runs in the second half to complete the comeback.

The Packers and Cardinals squared off in one of the wildest postseason games in recent history on Wild Card weekend in 2010, a 51-45 Cardinals overtime win in Arizona. In that game, Rodgers and Cardinals QB Kurt Warner combined for more than 800 yards passing and nine touchdowns, Fitzgerald had a pair of touchdown receptions, and Karlos Dansby returned a Rodgers fumble in overtime for a touchdown to give the Cardinals the win.

Calling Packers-Cardinals are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 30th season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his six seasons in the "SNF" booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

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