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Ho-hum…Cards win in OT again

GLENDALE — The fans at University of Phoenix Stadium have been
to a lot of free football this season, and Sunday was no exception.

For the fourth time in eight regular season home games, the Cardinals
went to overtime. And for the fourth time, Arizona came away with a
beating the Seattle Seahawks 23-20 in front of 61,798 fans.

Jay Feely booted a 28-yard field goal with 5:59 remaining in the extra
period to even the Cardinals record at 8-8 after a dismal 1-6 start. The
Cardinals finished the year in second place in the NFC West.

“I don’t think there’s been many teams in this league ever that have won
games after losing six in a row,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt
said. “That’s quite an accomplishment, losing six in a row, and going 7-
over the last nine games. It’s got to be close to the best record in the
over the last nine.”

In the NFC, only the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, who each
went 8-1 over their last nine games, had better marks than the

The Cardinals set an NFL record for winning four overtime games in one
season. They did so despite losing the overtime coin flip for the third
time in those four games.

The extra frame started badly for the Cardinals, when Leon Washington
took the opening kickoff back 47 yards all the way to the Seattle 40-yard
line. But the stingy Cardinals defense held firm, and forced a three and

The Cardinals took over, and John Skelton, who reportedly fainted in the
locker room before the game, continued his steady and calm late-game
play. This time though, he had a lot of help. On a 2nd down and 9 at
the Seattle 36, Skelton rocketed a slant pattern to Larry Fitzgerald, who
laid out and made a spectacular one-handed catch for a gain of 12 and a
first down. Four plays later, Feely kicked the game winner.

For the game, Fitzgerald finished with 9 catches for 149 yards — pretty
amazing numbers when you consider that the All-Pro receiver had just
one grab for 1 yard in the first half. Fitzgerald’s father, Larry Fitzgerald
Sr., a writer in Minneapolis, tweeted after the game that Fitzgerald
suffered a lung injury during the game and was spitting up blood on the

Skelton wasn’t outstanding throughout the whole game, going 22-for-
40 for 271 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but on the
game-winning drive, he completed all four of his passes for 51 yards
and also converted a 4th down and one on a quarterback sneak.

The Cardinals also played without starting running back Beanie Wells,
who has been bothered by a knee injury all season long. LaRod
Stephens-Howling started for Wells, and played well, running for 93
yards on 21 carries.

“It was really my decision,” Whisenhunt said on holding Wells out of the
game. “Beanie was mad at me, because Beanie wanted to play. He’s
been figthing, he’s been a warrior all year playing on one leg.

“At this point, where we are in the season, I just felt it was best that
Beanie didn’t play.”