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Packers fire head coach Mike McCarthy after loss to Cardinals

03 December 2018, 03:21 | Charlene Valdez

Packers part ways with Mike McCarthy

Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy after another loss

The Green Bay Packers have fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive co-ordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach.

However, the game-changing play never came in a disappointing 20-17 defeat.

The Packers playoff chances were still alive entering Sunday's matchup with Arizona at Lambeau Field. And as we've seen against the Cardinals in the past, they couldn't stop Larry Fitzgerald when it mattered the most. Instead, they were backed up, missed a desperation heave down the field and punted the ball back to the Cardinals, whose lead was a touchdown with 13:58 to play.

The Packers have been struggling on offense this year as they are putting up just 24 points per game despite posting 385.6 yards per contest.

"I was pretty shocked about (it), and obviously disappointed", Crosby said. I didn't do a good enough job today. I hit it right-center, and it just drifted right with the wind. "I'm not going to sit up here and try to sugarcoat it".

The Packers have struggled throughout the season and hold a 4-7-1 record after falling to Arizona.

A general view of the stadium during the NFC Wild Card game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Packers' offense lacked explosion on Sunday. "It doesn't matter who you play", Cobb said. "We haven't played very well".

Jones only had five touches for the rest of the game after 10 in the first quarter.

For the game, Edmonds had 53 yards on five carries.

"We're just not executing well, it's the same things over and over", Rodgers said. "We all take part in the disappointments and the failures that we've had this season".

If the Packers were going to show the National Football League they weren't as bad as their record indicated, Rodgers would have hit Davante Adams in stride for a 59-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.

The window to win another Super Bowl with Rodgers under center is closing fast. Clay Matthews drew a holding call against right tackle Korey Cunningham to halt one series and allow Green Bay to tie the game on its next possession with an 8-yard Aaron Jones touchdown run.

Green Bay fell to 0-6 on the road last week with a 24-17 loss at Minnesota. While teammates praised his performance in a pinch, Pleasant couldn't help but feel disappointed.

"Clearly, we knew what we needed to do", Crosby said.

"Teams that want any shot of having some postseason success have got to win these games".

If ever there was an example of a team that looked to have given up on its season, this was it.

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