Sunday, October 14, 2012
Wrap-up: Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT)
By Mike Sando
Thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals’ 19-16 overtime defeat at home against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6:
What it means: The Cardinals rallied again but ran out of their usual home magic, snapping an eight-game winning streak at University of Phoenix Stadium. Losing at home to a Bills team that was playing as poorly as any in the NFL will fuel skepticism that Arizona wasn’t as good as its record indicated. Kevin Kolb was shaken up late in the game and did not finish it. And when John Skelton threw a killer pick in overtime, a quarterback controversy was probably averted.
What I liked: Jay Feely’s 61-yard field goal to tie the game in the final minute or so marked a career long by 6 yards. The Cardinals’ ability to force overtime in such unlikely fashion was typical for them at home.
Patrick Peterson picked off Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter when the Cardinals desperately needed to make a play. Buffalo was driving while holding a 16-13 lead when Peterson got the ball back for Arizona with a little more than three minutes remaining.
John Skelton came off the bench late and converted on fourth-and-11 to give the Cardinals a chance as they worked to approach field goal range in the final two minutes.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald passed 10,000 yards receiving for his career on a fourth-quarter reception. He joined Randy Moss as the only players to reach the milestone before age 30.
What I didn’t like: A penalty against fullback Reagan Maui’a for spiking the ball following a reception killed a drive when the Cardinals needed to answer the Bills’ go-ahead field goal. That was a momentum killer for Arizona at a critical time. Having Feely miss the game winner late in regulation after delivering from 61 came as a big surprise. That was a crushing miss.
What’s next: The Cardinals visit the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7.