Cardinals edge Packers in OT thriller

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Posted: Jan 17, 2016 12:12 AM

(Reuters) - Larry Fitzgerald's remarkable 75-yard catch and run set up his game-winning touchdown as the Arizona Cardinals survived a wild finish with a 26-20 overtime triumph over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.

Carson Palmer, who connected with Fitzgerald on a five-yard pass for the winning score, earned the first playoff win of his 12-year National Football League career and sent the second-seeded Cardinals into next week's NFC championship.

But Arizona first had to withstand a 41-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass by Aaron Rodgers as time expired on regulation and sent the game into overtime.

The Packers defeated Washington 35-18 last week to reach the divisional round of the playoffs and fought until the end despite a critical loss with an injury to leading receiver Randall Cobb.

The Cardinals will play the winner of Sunday's game between the top-seeded Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks for a trip to the Super Bowl.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)