McCarthy refuses to follow Cardinals’ cautious approach

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Associated Press
Monday, January 4, 2010
— Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt took a cautious approach, Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy kept the Packers at full bore most of the day.

The result was a 33-7 Green Bay rout of the NFC champion Cardinals in their regular-season finale on Sunday.

In a few days, the teams will meet again on the same field in the first round of the playoffs. The outcome will determine which coach took the right approach.

“We wanted to come out here to win the game, keep our razor sharp and gain some momentum going into the playoffs,” McCarthy said. “It didn’t matter who we were playing. I understand Arizona had a different agenda. ... We like the way we played the last eight weeks, and it was very important for us to maximize this opportunity.”

McCarthy knew he was taking a risk that one of his key players might get hurt.

Aaron Rodgers played three quarters, mostly against Arizona reserves, completing 21 of 26 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown.

Charles Woodson, who later left with a shoulder injury McCarthy said wasn’t serious, returned an interception 45 yards for another score as the Packers (11-5) won for the seventh time in eight games.

It was the most one-sided home loss for Arizona in Whisenhunt’s three seasons with the Cardinals, and many of the Packers didn’t think it was meaningless.

Last updated: 12:46 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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