Notes from the Nest: Cardinals vs. Giants
Kolb throws incomplete trying to force the ball to Fitz, that will do it. A collapse the likes of which has not been seen since, well, a while. Cardinals will lose 31-27 and be kicking themselves.
2:35 left in fourth quarter
Cardinals will begin the drive on their own 24, down four and needing a win in the worst way. A loss in this one would be huge. Does Kolb have it in him? I fear he doesn't.
2:51 left in fourth quarter
No fumble, ref's explanation does nothing for me. Confused. Manning hits Hakeem Nicks for the long TD and suddenly the Giants take the lead. Disaster.
3:10 left in fourth quarter
Cardinals pass twice after the Wells run, forced to punt. Awful playcalling, reminiscent of the disaster in D.C. Giants take the short punt and complete a pass, looks like there may be a fumble on the play. At the very least there is a ton of confusion. Cards may catch a break here.
3:32 left in fourth quarter
Wells runs for three and the Giants call a timeout. Does the offense have it in them to finish the game on the field? Need some first downs.
3:37 left in fourth quarter
Well that stop didn't happen. Giants march down the field and score on a two-yard Manning TD toss, bringing the game to 27-14 with a decent amount of time left. Cardinals will need to eat up some clock, don't want to see New York get the ball again. #canttrustthisdefense
5:16 left in fourth quarter
Beanie Wells gets TD number three, a two-yard run where nobody wearing blue touched him. Career day for the guy. Cardinals lead 27-17 and are basically one stop away from ending this one. I think.
5:20 left in fourth quarter
Have I mentioned how good Beanie Wells has been today? He's running mean against the Giants and a big run of his puts the Cardinals in position to score. Alfonso Smith came in for a couple carries, was tackled at the 2 but the Cards felt the need to waste a challenge on the play.
Wells has over 100 yards for the second time in his career, and he's not done yet. Maybe a third TD run of the day coming up here?
8:25 left in fourth quarter
Defense forces a huge three and out, gets the offense the ball back with the lead still in tact. Move the ball, keep the ball.
10:48 left in fourth quarter
Cards take to the air and Kolb is picked off by Antrel Rolle. To sum up Kolb today, the word I'd use is "terrible." Playing very poorly, and it's a shame because the running game and defense are there. Giants take over at their own 42 down by three.
12:07 left in fourth quarter
Giants drive finishes with a Jacobs touchdown run from one yard out. Cardinals still lead 20-17 but this game is far from over. Offense needs to prove it can move the chains, something it really hasn't done today. Beanie Wells, who has 80 yards on the day, will finish with at least 100 if the Cardinals win. Book it.
End of third quarter
Giants driving but Cardinals head into the final period up 20-10. Defense is playing reasonably well, offense has done just enough -- so far. Kind of feels like the offense will have to score some more points in this one.
2:55 left in third quarter
Campbell sacks Manning, Manning fumbles ball, Dockett recovers. Two straight handoffs to Beanie result in another TD for the Cardinals and the PAT gives Arizona a 20-10 lead. Defense playing big today.
3:42 left in third quarter
Comedy of errors leads to a Cardinals punt. Among the issues were a false start on Kolb and intentional grounding. Offense looks bad when the ball isn't in Beanie's hands. Concerning.
7:24 left in third quarter
Cards defense holds as the Giants O-line holds. Dockett playing like an animal, pretty much having his way up front. Cards receive the punt, nice return by PP21 is aided by some holds. Arizona starts drive at own 17, see if they have some momentum here. Beanie, anyone?
10:24 left in third quarter
Cardinals drive down the field and score on a one-yard Beanie Wells run. Nice job by the running back, looks healthy. Kolb, on the other hand, still not particularly sharp. Threw a bomb to Fitz that, quite frankly, would have been an interception had it not been for No. 11's greatness. Also just not seeing open receivers. 13-10 Cards lead, but a personal foul after the TD run leaves Arizona kicking off and the Giants with a good chance at great field position.
14:55 left in third quarter
A.J. Jefferson with a nice return on the opening kickoff, but a delay of game penalty pushes the Cardinals back a bit. Offensively, Arizona stunk in the first half. Sans Beanie Wells they got nothing going but are still in this game.
Giants drove down and kicked a field goal to take a 10-6 lead, but may have lost their kicker in the process. Patrick Peterson, who was offsides on the FG, also was penalized for roughing the kicker as he just crushed Lawrence Tynes on the play.
Arizona heads into the half down 10-6 and, to be honest, I wouldn't feel good if I'm a Cards fan.
1:08 left in 2nd quarter
Cardinals force a three and out and this game is, well, still up for grabs. Arizona starts drive from their own 20 after punt.
1:49 left in 2nd quarter
Well, so much for that. Cardinals go three and out, Kolb looks bad and takes a sack in the series. If you can even call what that was a "series." Giants get the ball at midfield and have a chance to really take control of this game.
2:48 left in 2nd quarter
Giants put together an impressive drive that ends with a 13-yard TD run by Bradshaw. Helps my fantasy team but not the Cardinals. Arizona has dominated this half but now finds itself trailing in the game. Have some time to mount a drive, do so and have momentum going into the intermission.
7:57 left in 2nd quarter
Cardinals move the ball well, even picking up a fourth-and-one along the way. Some nice plays, but overall nothing special. Still, drive ends in a field goal and the Cardinals lead 6-0. Kind of feels like they should be up more -- like they need to be up more.
End of 1st quarter
Cardinals moving the ball some, Beanie looking strong. Team needs him to play well to have a chance, and so far the Red Birds are out-physicaling their opponents. Nice to see.
2:17 left in first quarter
Giants move the ball a little but ultimately have to punt. Arizona will start at their own 12 yard line, needing a few first downs to help the field position game. Offense, where art thou?
7:56 left in first quarter
Kevin Kolb scrambles, is hit, and fumbles the ball. He has fumbled at least once in each of the team's four games. That can't happen yet continues to do so. Cardinals lose out on a chance for at least three more points and momentum returns to New York's sideline.
11:34 left in first quarter
Another three and out for the Giants, Cardinals defense still playing strong. Getting to Manning, stuffing the run...who are these guys?
13:02 left in first quarter
Beanie runs for -1, a short pass to Fitz and a throw away by Kolb equals a three and out for the Cards. Jay Feely hits a 27-yard field goal to give Arizona the early lead, but you'd like to see them punch it in after the turnover. Can't afford to not capitalize on opportunities like that against the Giants.
14:37 left in first quarter
Cardinals D comes out ready, forces a fumble and recovers at the Giants 16. Ahmad Bradshaw coughed it up, Rhodes forced it. Good start for the Cardinals, bad sequence for my fantasy team.
Giants win the toss, elect to receive. See if the Cards D can build off last week's game in Seattle.
And, if you didn't already know, the Cardinals are wearing their alternate black uniform today. It's a good look for the team, though they haven't exactly been successful in them.
3:00 to kickoff
About three minutes to kickoff and the fans, well, are not exactly here. Stadium is about 65 percent full, maybe. Late arrivals? Still tailgating? Enthralled by Cincinnati/Buffalo?
We'll see, hope they show up soon.