The last eight games in the University of Phoenix stadium have all ended in a win for the Cardinals. Five of those games finished in overtime wins. Here they go again. Game is in overtime. At home. The Arizona Cardinals are perched for a 38-yard field goal. Characteristically speaking, this should have been the moment that left the Cardinals with more broken records than broken hearts.
Buffalo Bills’ DT Alex Carrington caught the tip of a predictably easy shot for Arizona kicker Jay Feely. The football was deflected just enough to take the breath away from the crowd as it went flying and bounced off of the post. This is the repetitious and unfortunate moment that the Cardinals are left with after the overtime loss, but there are plenty of positives to walk away with.
- WR Larry Fitzgerald topped 10,000 reception yards a year shy of his 30th birthday after six receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.
- LB Daryl Washington leads the NFL in Week 6 with 14 tackles, his personal career best in a game.
- Arizona Cardinals’ franchise record was a 55-yard field goal. Kicker Jay Feely shattered this (and his personal best) by sending a 61-yard field goal sailing and making it appear easy.
- RB William Powell contributed 70 yards to the Cardinals’ rushing game. In a surprise twist, QB Kevin Kolb added 66 yards. The team averaged 6.1 yards per carry, almost twice their season average of 3.4 yards. (As a comparison, the San Francisco 49ers currently lead the NFL in rushing yards with 6.0 yards per carry.)
- The team converted two exciting and game-changing fourth downs. A fake punt to Safety Rashad Johnson produced 24 yards. QB John Skelton’s fourth down pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald resulted in 11 yards and ultimately the 61-yard field goal that sent the game into overtime.
- The Arizona Cardinals still have not allowed over 20 points to any opponent this season.
Although it wasn’t in the Cards for a win this week, the team faces a three-way tie after the Seattle Seahawks won and the San Francisco 49ers lost. Suddenly, the underestimated NFC West is the most competitive division in the NFL.