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
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
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
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
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
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