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Bruce Arians explains his crazy decision on Aaron Rodgers hail mary

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The Arizona Cardinals are through to the next round of the NFL Playoffs after a scintillating game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Cards ended up winning 26-20 in overtime and will meet the winners of the Seahawks - Panthers game in the NFC Championship game.

However, the game only ended up going to overtime after an amazing Aaron Rodgers hail mary touchdown pass to Jeff Janis in the dying moments of the fourth quarter - which may have been stopped had Bruce Arians not decided to blitz the Packers quarterback.


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It seems that Arians was completely happy with his decision to blitz Rodgers, even though it could have proved very costly. That's just his style.

“I play to win,” Arians said when speaking after the thriller in Phoenix.

Arians revealed that his defensive coordinator James Bettcher had drawn up a prevent defense formation to defend the play - like most teams would do in that situation - but the maverick head coach overruled him and decided to pressure Rodgers.

“Most teams play the prevent,” Arians said. “That’s what Betch was going to play. I said, ‘Hell no. Blitz him. [Aaron Rodgers] made a great throw. I thought that Calais [Campbell] was held, but it still ended up being a touchdown.”

You can check out a clip of the play here. Obviously the decision didn't work, but was it a good move from Arians to blitz the Packers on that last play? Tell us below!

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