Cards get ‘kick’ out of upset with OT punt block vs. Dallas
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2008 5:10 pm
By: By The Associated Press
Ryan Longwell made a field goal with nine seconds left to give Minnesota a comeback win over Detroit.
Nine seconds? Bor-ing!
Four other games were decided even later on a wild Sunday, including an NFL first for Arizona: a blocked punt for a touchdown in overtime.
“I can’t remember one that was this crazy,” Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner said, “especially toward the end.”
He could have been talking about the whole day. Houston beat Miami when Matt Schaub ran for a TD with two seconds left, and Atlanta and St. Louis both won on field goals as time expired. It was the first time since 1970 that four teams got the winning points with fewer than 10 seconds left in regulation.
Arizona’s game also had a field goal with the clock reaching zeros: Nick Folk made a 52-yarder to tie it for Dallas at 24. Then Sean Morey blocked Mat McBriar’s punt, Monty Beisel scooped up the ball and scored from three yards to give the Cardinals (4-2) a 30-24 overtime victory over the Cowboys.
The game was wild from start to finish — Arizona’s J.J. Arrington took the opening kick 93 yards for a touchdown.
Dallas (4-2) scored 10 points in the final two minutes of regulation to reach overtime.
“It was almost a miracle finish for us,” Dallas coach Wade Phillips said.
In Sunday’s other games, it was San Diego 30, New England 10; Philadelphia 40, San Francisco 26; Green Bay 27, Seattle 17; Jacksonville 24, Denver 17; Indianapolis 31, Baltimore 3; New Orleans 34, Oakland 3; Tampa Bay 27, Carolina 3; and N.Y. Jets 26, Cincinnati 14.
Atlanta’s Jason Elam atoned for a late fourth-quarter miss by booting a 48-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 22-20 win over Chicago.
In the last eight minutes, there was a goalline stand by the Falcons, an 85-yard kickoff return by the Falcons’ Jerious Norwood, Elam’s first missed field goal in 31 attempts, a drive by the Bears that culminated with Kyle Orton’s touchdown pass to Rashied Davis with 11 seconds remaining and, finally, Elam’s winning kick after rookie quarterback Matt Ryan hooked up with Michael Jenkins on a 26-yard completion.
“This is going to do great things for our confidence and chemistry,” Elam said. “Hopefully we can do something pretty special down the stretch.”
In Landover, Md., Marc Bulger led the winning drive to set up Josh Brown’s 49-yard field goal that gave St. Louis (1-4) a stunning upset of the Redskins.
Clinton Portis scored to give the Redskins (4-2) a 17-16 lead with 3:47 to play in a sluggish game in which they turned the ball over three times.
Houston (1-4) beat the Dolphins when Schaub ran for a TD on fourth down from the 3 to give the Texans a 29-28 win. An earlier fourth-down conversion on an acrobatic 23-yard reception by Andre Johnson kept the drive alive.
Ronnie Brown’s six-yard run with less than two minutes remaining gave Miami (2-3) the lead.
In Minnesota, the Vikings’ relatively comfortable win was aided by a dubious pass-interference call on Leigh Bodden of Detroit (0-5).
Trailing 10-9 with 2:22 to play, the Vikings (3-3) had a second-and-20 from their 32. Gus Frerotte threw deep down the sideline for Aundrae Allison, and the ball fell incomplete. But field judge Mike Weir whistled Bodden for interference despite what appeared to be minimal contact.
The 42-yard penalty gave the Vikings the ball at the 26. Longwell converted the kick five plays later to avoid what would have been a damaging loss for a team that has designs on making the playoffs.
Colts 31, Ravens 3
In Indianapolis, Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to Marvin Harrison and a third to Reggie Wayne.
The Colts (3-2) delivered their best overall performance in months. Manning was 19-of-27 for 271 yards with three touchdowns, easily his best game of the season.
Baltimore (2-3) rookie Joe Flacco had three interceptions, lost a fumble and was sacked four times.
Jets 26, Bengals 14
In East Rutherford, N.J., Thomas Jones ran for two touchdowns, including a one-yarder late in the game, and caught a pass from Brett Favre for a score.
With New York (3-2) leading 20-14 late in the game, the Jets needed a 10-play, 41-yard drive that ate up the clock and sealed the victory over the Bengals.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, playing for the injured Carson Palmer, couldn’t get much going for the Bengals. He was 20-of-33 for 152 yards as Cincinnati dropped to 0-6 for the third time since 2000.
Chargers 30, Patriots 10
In San Diego, Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes and San Diego’s defense stuffed quarterback Matt Cassel on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
It was a measure of payback against a team that had beaten the Chargers three straight times, including in the playoffs the last two seasons.
Rivers threw touchdown passes of 49 yards to Malcom Floyd, four yards to Vincent Jackson and one yard to Antonio Gates. It was the fourth time this season that Rivers threw three TD passes.
He completed 18-of-27 passes for 306 yards.
Eagles 40, 49ers 26
In San Francisco, Donovan McNabb passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns without his top two receivers and his best running back, and the Eagles’ aggressive defenders forced three turnovers during a 23-point fourth quarter.
Donald Strickland returned a blocked field goal 41 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half for the 49ers (2-4), who went ahead 26-17 in the third quarter.
San Francisco got past midfield with one last drive, but J.T. O’Sullivan threw a pass directly to Juqua Parker, who returned it 55 yards for a score with 38 seconds left.
The Eagles’ Correll Buckhalter rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown while filling in for injured All-Pro Brian Westbrook.
Packers 27, Seahawks 17
In Seattle, Aaron Rodgers ran for a touchdown early, then the ailing quarterback threw two scoring passes in the second half to perhaps save the Packers’ season.
Rodgers, again starting despite a sprained throwing shoulder, was 21-for-30 with 208 yards as Green Bay (3-3) won for the 10th time in 13 road games.
Charlie Frye completed 12-of-23 passes for just 83 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Seahawks. Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was out with a sore knee and backup Seneca Wallace out with a calf injury.
Jaguars 24, Broncos 17
In Denver, the Jaguars got superb performances from quarterback David Garrard and running back Maurice Jones-Drew, plus three takeaways by their defense.
Garrard completed 25-of-34 passes for 276 yards, one TD and no interceptions, and Jones-Drew rumbled for 125 yards and two TDs on 22 carries.
The Jaguars (3-3) wasted no time in sending the Broncos (4-2) to their first home loss since last Oct. 29 against Green Bay.
Buccaneers 27, Panthers 3
In Tampa, Fla., Jeff Garcia, starting for the first time since the season opener because Brian Griese is injured, threw for 173 yards and a touchdown. Warrick Dunn had his most productive day running the ball since rejoining the Bucs with 115 yards on 22 carries.
The victory, Tampa Bay’s first at home against the division rival Panthers since 2002, gave the Bucs (4-2) a share of first place in the NFC South with Carolina (4-2).
Saints 34, Raiders 3
In New Orleans, Drew Brees connected on 87 percent of his throws, passing for 320 yards and three touchdowns.
Oakland’s Tom Cable spent his NFL head coaching debut watching in frustration as JaMarcus Russell completed only 13 of 35 passes for 159 yards.
Reggie Bush scored TDs on a 3-yard run and 15-yard reception for the Saints (3-3).
Oakland (1-4), which finished with 226 total yards, had a tough time running as well. After holding Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson to 1.5 yards per carry a week ago, the Saints were able to contain Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas and Michael Bush, who combined only 74 yards.