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Packers Suffer Worst Upset in at Least 40 Years

Dec 03, 2018 10:00 PM EST
  • The Green Bay Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals as 13.5-point favorites on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
  • It was the Packers' biggest upset in at least 40 years and Aaron Rodgers' biggest point spread loss yet.

Update: The Packers fired Mike McCarthy three hours after Sunday’s loss. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was named the interim head coach.

The Packers hadn’t lost a game straight-up as a favorite of at least 13.5 points in at least 40 years … until Sunday.

Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard field goal at the end of regulation that would have forced overtime against the Cardinals, solidifying the Packers’ 20-17 loss after having closed as 13.5-point favorites.

Crosby has missed seven kicks this season, his most in a single season since missing 12 field goals in 2012.

Aaron Rodgers was 27-3 straight-up as a double-digit favorite entering Week 13. This was the biggest point spread loss of his career; the biggest before that came against Kyle Orton and the Chiefs as an 11-point favorite in 2011.

Green Bay falls to 4-7-1 and is in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2005 and 2006 with Brett Favre.

The biggest upset in Favre’s career as Packers quarterback came on Nov. 16, 1997 as a 12.5-point favorite on the road in Indianapolis against the 0-10 Colts, who started Paul Justin at QB.

Credit:

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Aaron Rodgers

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