Dennis Gardeck seals victory for Cardinals with 4th quarter interception

Oct 2, 2022, 4:12 PM | Updated: Oct 3, 2022, 7:38 am
The Arizona Cardinals celebrate an interception during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Pant...
The Arizona Cardinals celebrate an interception during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The Cardinals took the ball away from the Carolina Panthers three times on Sunday, but a fourth quarter interception was the punctuation mark on a 26-16 Arizona road win.

The Cardinals took the lead on a Matt Prater field goal with 11:22 remaining in the game, 13-10.

Carolina needed a response, but quarterback Baker Mayfield’s pass was tipped up in the air by defensive end J.J. Watt. Edge rusher Dennis Gardeck came down with it and nearly scored on a 24-yard return.

It was Gardeck’s first career interception.

Arizona’s offense took over at the Carolina 5-yard line, and quarterback Kyler Murray waltzed into the end zone two plays later on a designed run. The extra point gave Arizona a commanding 20-10 lead.

The turnover was Mayfield’s second interception of the game after safety Jalen Thompson came away with one in the first half.

The Cardinals’ defensive line made a major impact tipping passes at the line on Sunday, as defensive end Zach Allen had three on the day and Watt had two.

The Cardinals moved to 2-2 with the victory.


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