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Fake punts keep Cardinals in the game against Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers punter Jordan Berry (4) is hit by Arizona Cardinals tight end Darrell Daniels (81) and linebacker Dennis Gardeck (42) on a fake punt attempt during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals took over on downs. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Arizona Cardinals biggest advantage against the Pittsburgh Steelers may have been in the fake punt category.

Both teams attempted fake punts in the second half with the Cardinals converting on a fourth down to set up a touchdown and the Steelers, not so much.

A rushing attempt by Steelers punter Jordan Berry resulted in an eight-yard loss and fumble recovery by the Cardinals to set them up for a touchdown just three plays later.

Arizona was at least able to get the ball out to a skill player as Chase Edmonds took a direct snap around the left end for a nine-yard conversion.

Edmonds’ conversion resulted in naught for the Cardinals as the drive ended with a Kyler Murray interception.

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the Cardinals in the special teams department, however. The punt unit gave up an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown to Diontae Johnson in the first quarter, which gave the Steelers a 10-0 lead at the time.

Phillips Law Group


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