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Another Hail Mary couldn't save the Packers from elimination

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Even Hail Mary 2.0 couldn't save the Green Bay Packers.

And this time, the worker of miracles, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, never got a chance to do it again. A euphoric feeling at the end of regulation, when Jeff Janis somehow caught a 41-yard touchdown pass with no time on the clock, didn't last long.

Unlike in December, when Richard Rodgers' 61-yard Hail Mary catch beat the Detroit Lions on the final play, this one only delayed defeat. Janis' catch only got the Packers to overtime. Aaron Rodgers never got the ball back in his hands.

The Cardinals ended it three plays into overtime and sent the Packers home 26-20 losers in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game.

Rodgers always says NFL players earn their paychecks in the regular season and write their legacies in the playoffs. He added to his legacy with the Hail Mary, but he never got the chance to build on it thanks to a defensive collapse in overtime.

On a day when the Packers couldn't have asked much more in regulation from their defense -- except maybe for cornerback Sam Shields not to drop at least one, if not two, interceptions -- they had a major breakdown on the first play of overtime that allowed Carson Palmer to hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 75-yard gain.

Solid picks: General manager Ted Thompson's last two first-round draft picks -- safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in 2014 and cornerback Damarious Randall in 2015 -- both intercepted Palmer. Randall's took points away from the Cardinals.

Dropped: Shields dropped at least two chances for interceptions. The second one might have sealed the game. He dropped one near the goal line on the Cardinals' go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter. Three plays later, Palmer threw a 9-yard touchdown.

What were they thinking?: Packers coach Mike McCarthy lost his challenge on Fitzgerald's 22-yard catch with 2:20 left in the third quarter, and it left him with only one timeout for the rest of the game. The Packers had to burn one with 10:25 left in the third quarter because of an issue on offense.

Solid protection: Three weeks ago, the Packers gave up nine sacks in the blowout loss to the Cardinals. Rodgers got dumped eight times before he was mercifully taken out of the game in the fourth quarter. On Saturday, Rodgers was not sacked until the final two minutes of regulation.

Game ball: Janis came into Saturday's game with four catches in his two-year career. He had only two this season (for 79 yards) in Week 6 against the Chargers. He had never caught a regular-season touchdown, although he had multiple in each of his first two preseasons. He finished with seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

Ouch: The Packers lost receiver Randall Cobb (chest) and defensive back Micah Hyde (hip) in the first half.