NFL News : Packer shoulders the blame for Packers' overtime loss.

Packer shoulders the blame for Packers' overtime loss.


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The Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers' divisional-round playoff game had one of the most exciting finishes of the 2016 NFL season. Unfortunately, it was the Packers that wound up on the losing side on that occasion.

Aaron Rodgers hit back-to-back Hail Mary passes to receiver Jeff Janis in the final minute of regulation to tie the game and force overtime.

On the first play of the extra period, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald took a pass from Carson Palmer 75 yards deep, inside the Packers' 5-yard line and finished off the game two plays later with a touchdown.

Packers' rookie cornerback Damarious Randall lined up opposite Fitzgerald on the big play and the young defender isn't shying away from his mistake.

"I put that play on myself," Randall told Stu Courtney of USA TODAY. "I take 100 percent blame for it.

"It was just a mistake that was made. “That’s football. … I just know that I'm going to make a lot more plays than I give up for the Green Bay Packers."

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers defended the youngster's mistake following the game in January, citing just how hard it is to play cornerback in the NFL.

"I think (Randall) knew the call," Capers said in January. "But you have to evaluate how shallow the crossing route goes on that. If it goes underneath defenders then you have the ability to come off of that. If it goes over the top of him then you have to carry it. He just needed to carry (the coverage) further across the field."

The Packers' 2015 first-round choice isn't losing any sleep over the play and remains confident as ever heading into the 2016 season.

"If guys are catching passes on me, they're lucky," said Randall. "I'm looking to be one of the shutdown corners of the league.

"People say who their top-five corners are, but at the end of the day I'm going to do what I have to do and I'm looking forward to showing the world why I'm the best cornerback anywhere."

Images Courtesy of Keystone Press

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