5 things to know as Cards beat Titans 37-34 in OT

The Arizona Cardinals are getting so comfortable on the road

that not even blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter

bothers them anymore.

”Well, these are not your old Cardinals,” Arizona kicker Jay

Feely said.

Antoine Cason got his second interception of the game in

overtime, and Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal, helping the

Cardinals edge the Tennessee Titans 37-34 Sunday to stay close in

the NFC’s playoff chase.

The Cardinals (9-5) won for the sixth time in seven games and

improved to 3-4 on the road this season. With San Francisco and

Carolina winning, they remain a game back of both in the chase for

a NFC wild-card berth. The Cardinals will have a chance to even

their road record this season and improve their playoff hopes when

they visit Seattle next Sunday.

Then Arizona hosts the 49ers on Dec. 29 in a season finale that

could decide whether the Cardinals are still playing in

January.

The loss is the third straight for the Titans (5-9) and the

eighth in 10 games. They have lost five consecutive home games for

the first time since moving to Tennessee in 1997 and now have their

second losing record in as many seasons.

”Nobody in our building has tanked it, and that is a good

example that guys are going to keep fighting,” left tackle Michael

Roos said. ”We’re going to keep fighting and working, and that is

the attitude in the building. We’re just going to keep doing that

as much as we have to and find that little bit to get over the

hump.”

Five things to know about the Cardinals’ overtime win and

another Titans’ loss:

FABULOUS FEELY: The Cardinals brought in Dan Carpenter for a few

days in August to try to challenge the 37-year-old kicker. Feely

matched his season-high kicking three field goals against the

Titans, including the game-winner. Feely said the key in the NFL is

production and it doesn’t matter what a player has done in the

past. Feely is 25 of 29 on field goals and topped 100 points for

the ninth time in his career and the fifth time in six seasons.

”After a poor game last week, you want to come back and help

your team win,” Feely said. ”Right now it doesn’t matter how you

win.”

ARIZONA DEFENSE: The Cardinals came in having played the NFL’s

stingiest defense since Week 8 and had held six opponents under 15

points. The Titans scored 17 points in the final 3:12 of regulation

and gained 460 yards, the most Arizona had allowed all season. But

Cason personally ended two drives with his first interceptions this

season, returning his first for a TD with his second finally ending

the Titans’ rally. Arizona came into the game tied for third in the

NFL with 17 interceptions.

MORE TURNOVERS: The Titans opened the season 3-1 when they

didn’t turn the ball over even once. Against Arizona, they lost a

fumble on the opening kickoff of the third quarter when the

Cardinals kicked short. Fitzpatrick was intercepted twice, and the

Cardinals scored 13 points off the mistakes.

”We’re finding a way to hurt ourselves in games that create

this kind of situation,” Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said.

PUNISHING RECEIVERS: Munchak deactivated both rookie Justin

Hunter and Damian Williams for violating team rules. The Titans

coach wouldn’t say what they did and were only going to dress four

receivers anyway. That meant Kenny Britt, deactivated last week and

without a catch since Oct. 20, got to play and he caught three

passes. Michael Preston also benefited, catching the first two TDs

of his NFL career during the Titans’ comeback attempt.

Williams wouldn’t discuss what he did, saying only that he

violated a team rule and took it up with Munchak.

AFC SOUTH DOMINANCE: The Cardinals finished 4-0 against the AFC

South, their first interconference sweep since realignment in

2002.

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