Inside the Box: Cardinals lose to Chargers in dying seconds
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August 27, 2011: Chargers 34, Cardinals 31
Kevin Kolb showed on Saturday why the Cardinals offered him a serious contract. The Cards’ new starting quarterback completed 11 of his attempted 20 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown was a sight for football-less eyes, as Larry Fitzgerald caught a bomb from Kolb and scored on the 80-yard play.
Kolb’s partner in crime, Fitz, caught three passes for 108 yards, including the 80-yard pass play from Kolb for the touchdown.
Beanie Wells was impressive. He was given the ball 10 times and ran for a total of 6.3 yards, but no touchdowns.
Rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson returned his first interception for a touchdown as an NFL player.
The Cardinals were up for the entire game, but the Chargers had the last laugh. With four seconds left, Chargers backup quarterback Billy Volek threw to the outside and completed a pass to Bryan Walters who slipped into the corner of the end zone. The 14-yard reception closed out a 90-yard drive. The Cardinals defense needs some more work, especially when it comes to allowing game-winning drives. 2008 Superbowl, anyone?
Cornerback Greg Toler sprained his ACL and was forced to leave the game, but the Cardinals avoided other major injuries.