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Early Lead Not Enough as Cards Fall in Carolina 27-23

Despite building a 17-3 and 23-17 lead at one point Sunday in Carolina, once again the road woes of the Arizona Cardinals reared its ugly head again as they lost to the Panthers 27-23.  Kurt Warner had another monster game for the Cards, throwing for 381 yards and two TD’s on 35-for-49 passing.  His one interception was costly, as it came early in the 4th quarter with the Cards driving at the Panthers 15.  Jon Beason picked off Warner and went 44 yards.

The pick set up a John Kasay 50-yard field goal with 9:09 to go that extended the Panthers one-point lead to a four-point lead that in the end would hold up.  The Cards got the ball just once more in the fourth quarter, and drove to the 45, but on 4th-and-13 they punted, and the Panthers were able to run out the final 5:47 with three third down conversions.

Arizona dominated the first half, putting up a 10-3 lead at the half after Warner hit Anquan Boldin for a five-yard score to make it 10-0 with 11:16 left in the first half.  After the Panthers made it 10-3 at the half, the Cards went up 17-3 on their first drive of the third quarter.  The 8-play, 64-yard drive ended with a short TD run from Tim Hightower to make it 17-3.

The Cards D though was unable to shut the door.  They let the Panthers come right back, as they drove 80 yards in six plays to make it 17-10.  The big play was a completion from Jake Delhomme to tight end Jeff King for 31 yards.  Three plays later Deangelo Williams went 15 yards for a TD that made it 17-10.  The Panthers then held the Cards as Edgerrin James fumbled and Travis Davis recovered to set up Carolina at the Cards 22.

Delhomme made the Cardinals pay, as the next play he found Steve Smith for an 18-yard score to make it 17 all. Warner came back, hitting Boldin for a two-yard score to make it 23-17 when Neil Rackers missed the extra point.  It would be a big play in the end, in that it made what would have been a 27-24 game to a 27-23 game.

The back breaker came on the next series, as Delhomme hit Smith for a huge 65-yard score with two seconds left in the third quarter that made it 24-23 after the extra point.  Kasay’s 50-yard bomb of an extra point closed out the scoring.  The Cards drop to 4-3 on the season, but maintain a lead in the NFC West.

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4 Responses to “Early Lead Not Enough as Cards Fall in Carolina 27-23”

  1. dan says:

    What is it with the NFL officials and calls this year?
    I see too many games loss by Cardinals and bad calls not to mention the rest of the league …

    Come on Smith was out and calling Warner play a fumble when his arm was going forward and the football was in mid-air when caught ?
    Yes, it was caught by Cardinal play but NFL officials cannot even get that right !!!

  2. dan says:

    OH! How about fining NFL officials for bad calls instead of the NFL always defending them and making excuses …

    Also Hey! Coach Whisenhunt another stupid call not to just get the 3 points.
    Last weeks game you did a onside kick when you were up by 7 ???

    Hint for you here Coach Whisenhunt when there is a repeated defends blitz coming
    on left side like today how about running roll out to the right ???

    Cardinals Defense seem unable to defend against a screen pass either ?

    Idea I think NFL should stop calling a Quarterback pass a INT when another player Tips the ball…

  3. coward says:

    If you really want to pick apart the officiating, then don’t forget about several holding calls that weren’t made against the Cards, two missed pass interference calls, and two very blatant personal fouls that got no calls either.

  4. dan says:

    Well holding calls are something that could be called on every play in every game in the NFL…

    There was no personal fouls in the game, their was one that where play was down and they were both getting up and the Panthers play got up like he was still in play and the defense player was just getting up from the play reacted to the Offense player movements.Personal fouls
    are not a see and call there are up to each NFL officials not black and white issue or white line out of play calls.

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