It was the same story for the Arizona Cardinals’ offense.
With Drew Stanton leading the charge against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday instead of injured starting quarterback Carson Palmer, the Bruce Arians-led offense was sputtering. Arizona wasn’t connecting on deep passes and shorter routes were either inaccurate or dropped by receivers.
Falling behind 7-0, the Cardinals finally caught a break when a pass deflection by Chandler Jones popped up into the air and landed into the giant mitts of defensive end Calais Campbell.
A play later, Stanton found a wide-open Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone to tie the game, 7-7, with a 21-yard touchdown reception.
It wasn’t Campbell’s only big play on the night. He recorded two sacks, one for a safety to go with the interception in the 33-21 Arizona victory.
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