Monday, October 11, 2004

Cards Can't Close Out Game Over 49ers

From the offical site of Cardinal Football

An NFL game is four quarters, 60-minutes of play, and for fifty-five minutes of Sunday’s match-up against the Niners, it appeared the Cardinals were on their way to snapping a 15-game road losing streak. Quarterback Josh McCown ended his touchdown drought, lobbing a 16-yard pass to tight end Freddie Jones, tossing a two-yarder to Troy Hambrick, and connecting with rookie receiver Larry Fitzgerald for a 23-yard aerobatic endzone catch. Add in running back Emmitt’s Smith 10-yard touchdown run and the Cards held a 28-12 fourth-quarter advantage.

Just when it seemed the winless Niners were on their way to the worst start in franchise history since 1977, quarterback Tim Rattay exploded on the scene, making quick work to negate the 16-point deficit with two fourth quarter touchdowns and two-extra point conversions to send the game into overtime...

With the offense putting up more points than they have in the last combined, it was the faltering of the Cards dependable defense that was most discouraging. Defensively, the Cards hadn’t given up a touchdown in thirteen quarters. Ranked number one in the NFL in the redzone, they forced the Niners to settle for two first-half field goals by Peterson, and in three quarters of play, the Niners only trip to the endzone came on a 71-yard punt return by Arnaz Battle. But with just over four minutes remaining, the Cards defense could not withstand the accuracy or hot arm of Rattay, who completed 38 of 57 passing attempts for 417 yards...

And the rest is in the books.