Print and Go Back ESPN.com: NFC West [Print without images]

Sunday, November 23, 2008
Cardinals test obscure free-kick rule

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

PHOENIX -- Neil Rackers' streak of 15 consecutive made field goals ended in unusual fashion when he badly missed a 68-yard attempt on a free kick to end the first half.

Rules allowed the Cardinals to attempt the free kick after signaling for a fair catch on a punt with 5 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Punter Dirk Johnson held the ball at the Arizona 42. There was no snapper and the Giants could not line up within 10 yards of the ball.

Rackers took a running start and kicked the ball the way he might have on a kickoff. But much like a golfer who swings too hard, Rackers failed to strike the ball cleanly. He skulled it and the ball barely got off the ground. The Giants returned it 29 yards as the half ended.