Final

Cardinals 13

(5-11, 2-6 away)

Colts 17

(14-2, 7-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, January 1, 2006

 

1 2 3 4 T
ARI 0 3 7 313
IND 7 3 7 017

Top Performers

Passing: J. McCown (ARI) - 297 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Shipp (ARI) - 16 CAR, 57 YDS

Receiving: A. Boldin (ARI) - 8 REC, 81 YDS

Colts' defense holds late to win Dungy's return

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tony Dungy tried to do things his normal way Sunday.

But when Mike Doss handed him the ball with 13 seconds left, even the Indianapolis Colts' coach couldn't resist the temptation to respond. In a rare emotional outburst, he grabbed the ball, raised it in his right hand and pumped it toward the crowd, which roared in approval.

It was over when ...
The Colts defense made a goal-line stand in the final minute. Officials ruled Josh McCown's rush on fourth-and-goal from the Indianapolis 1 a TD, but correctly reversed the call on replay, giving Indy a fumble recovery to seal the win.
Game ball goes to ...
Jim Sorgi. The Colts' backup quarterback took over for Peyton Manning after one series and finished 21-of-31 for 207 yards with two TDs.

Who could blame him?

Five days after burying his oldest son, 18-year-old James, Dungy watched Jim Sorgi throw two touchdown passes and got the goal line stand he needed -- thanks to a replay reversal -- in the final seconds to give the Colts a 17-13 victory over Arizona.

"I know those guys wanted to win the game for me and wanted to do it for a lot of reasons," Dungy said. "But I think they wanted to win it for me, and they came up with the effort to do it. It was special."

Indianapolis (14-2) set a franchise record for victories and avoided its first three-game losing streak since midway through the 2002 season.

The statistics, however, paled in comparison to Dungy's perseverance during a time football understandably became secondary.

After a tortuous 10 days in which he learned his son died of an apparent suicide and then gave a moving eulogy at Tuesday's funeral, Dungy made a surprise return to practice Thursday.

On Sunday, many of the fans showed up for an otherwise meaningless game -- Indy had already clinched the AFC's top seed and Arizona (5-11) was already eliminated from the playoffs -- to show their support for Dungy.

Before the game, the Colts had a moment of silence in honor of James Dungy, who was found unresponsive Dec. 22 in his Tampa, Fla.-area apartment. The Colts coach spent pregame warmups shaking hands and walking around the field with his other teenage son, Eric, who retrieved kicking tees during the game.

When Dungy walked onto the field, he received a standing ovation and waved to the crowd. For much of the game, he was his usual self -- hands folded, pacing stoically along the sideline.

And then, with a little help from official Ron Winter, the Colts found a way to give Dungy a brief respite by stopping the Cardinals three times from the Colts' 2 in the game's final two minutes.

"It made me feel good because we really try and play hard for coach Dungy, everyone loves him," said defensive tackle Larry Tripplett, who forced the fumble before McCown scored.

Again for the Colts, the game had a preseason feel.

Three Pro Bowl players -- running back Edgerrin James, linebacker Cato June and safety Bob Sanders -- were deactivated. Two-time MVP Peyton Manning played one series and receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne were in for only two. Dwight Freeney played sparingly, and nearly half of Indy's starting defense sat out the entire game.

Yet Arizona's regulars couldn't even muster enough offense to beat the Colts' backups.

Josh McCown, possibly in his final game as a Cardinal, completed 31 of 42 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown. But he couldn't get in on fourth-and-goal from the Indianapolis 1 in the final minute. Officials ruled it a touchdown, then reversed the call, changing it to a fumble that backup linebacker Rob Morris recovered to seal the game.

Arizona coach Dennis Green, a longtime friend of Dungy's, said the reversal was the right call and even McCown seemed content with it given the circumstances.

"I thought I pushed in and I crossed," McCown said. "I thought where the ball was, in my arm, it was very minute. After all the Dungys and all the people in the Colts organization have gone through, it's not something I'm very bitter about at all."

Anquan Boldin caught eight passes and Larry Fitzgerald six to each top 100 receptions and become the first duo of 100-reception receivers on the same team since Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey on the 2000 Denver Broncos. The 1995 Detroit Lions are the only other team to achieve that feat, with Herman Moore and Brett Perriman.

Neil Rackers also kicked two field goals to break the NFL single-season record with 40. Miami's Olindo Mare set the previous record (39) in 1999. St. Louis' Jeff Wilkins tied it in 2003.

Still, the Cardinals came up short.

Sorgi threw a 14-yard TD pass to Ben Utecht in the first quarter, an 18-yard TD to Troy Walters in the third quarter, and Mike Vanderjagt connected on a 44-yard field goal. Sorgi was 21-of-31 for 207 yards.

All the Cardinals could manage were Rackers' two field goals, McCown's 25-yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald and some heartfelt empathy for Dungy.

"Everybody feels the support for Tony Dungy is clear-cut. It's clear-cut in Indianapolis, it's clear-cut throughout the National Football League," Green said. "He's a very optimistic, a very faith-based man in how he goes about living his life."

Game notes


Vanderjagt's five points gave him 995 in his career. ... Despite playing one series, Manning gets credit for the victory and has now beaten every NFL team except Carolina. ... Boldin and Fitzgerald also topped 1,400 yards. ... The Cardinals set a franchise record with 4,450 yards passing this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARI
IND
1st Downs2315
Passing 1st downs
1410
Rushing 1st downs
70
1st downs from penalties
25
3rd down efficiency
8-172-8
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays7644
Total Yards413218
Yards per play5.45.0
Total Drives1012
Passing284207
Comp-Att
31-4221-32
Yards per pass
6.36.1
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-132-5
Rushing12911
Rushing Attempts
3110
Yards per rush
4.21.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-2
Penalties12-987-50
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession36:4123:19

Passing Leaders

ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McCown31/422977.1113-13
INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Sorgi20/302076.9211-5
Manning1/252.5001-0

Rushing Leaders

ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Shipp16573.6011
McCown8425.309
INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mungro177.007
Rhodes540.805

Receiving Leaders

ARIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boldin88110.1018
Fitzgerald68013.3125
INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moorehead55911.8024
Walters5438.6118

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARIIND
indTD4:50Ben Utecht, 14 yd pass from Jim Sorgi (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 49 yds, 2:06
07
SECOND QUARTERARIIND
ariFG13:07Neil Rackers 21 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 64 yds, 8:28
37
indFG2:46Mike Vanderjagt 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 48 yds, 3:13
310
THIRD QUARTERARIIND
indTD11:33Troy Walters, 18 yd pass from Jim Sorgi (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 52 yds, 1:43
317
ariTD8:34Larry Fitzgerald, 25 yd pass from Josh McCown (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 75 yds, 2:46
1017
FOURTH QUARTERARIIND
ariFG11:07Neil Rackers 34 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 17 plays, 70 yds, 6:39
1317