Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was extremely happy for Rasul Douglas after the new Packers cornerback made a game-winning play against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. Douglas, who was on the Cardinals' practice squad earlier this month, was signed by the Packers just recently.
With 12 seconds left to play in the game on a second-and-goal, Douglas intercepted Kyler Murray's pass attempt to A.J. Green in the end zone to seal a 24-21 win for the Packers. “What a great story," Rodgers said of Douglas.
"How special is this game? Guy's on the street, comes in, starts for us, finishes the game out for us. Amazing." Douglas, who was selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft, found himself on a practice squad for the first time in his career earlier this season.
"You're in a crazy mental state being in the league five years, never been on a practice squad before, and then one day you're just on a practice squad," Douglas said. "You feel like you're working for nothing, kinda.
And then you get a call and you're somewhere else, and you're just playing. So I'm just thankful. "That was probably the first time I've won a game like that. So it was like a shocking feeling, like, 'Oh snap, we just won off that play.'
I was like kinda surprised."
Rodgers thrilled with the win
The Packers were the first team to beat the Cardinals this season. "I think we're a gritty football team," Rodgers said. "I think nobody probably expected us to win tonight, definitely not to be -- maybe to be in the game but definitely not to win with the guys that we had out.
I'm really proud of the guys." The Packers were without three receivers -- Davante Adams, Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling but still managed to win the game. "Our guys believed, no doubt about it," Packers coach Matt LaFleur said.
"I know we were without, you could argue, three of our top receivers. We were without our defensive coordinator. I just think these guys always believe going into every game. That's pretty powerful. I don't think anybody within our staff or our players didn't believe we could come into this environment and come away with a win."
Rodgers was happy with how the Packers responded to the adversity. "You never know how the team's going to come together and the chemistry and the relationships and the guys stepping up and dealing with injuries and all the adversity," Rodgers said.
"But we have a good group of guys. There's a different feeling to the team than even the last couple years. I'm not sure how it's going to finish up, but I like the energy that we have in the locker room."