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Cardinals Can’t Complete the Comeback in Loss, 38-35

It was a very disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium today.  The Cards jumped out to a 7-0 lead early on Max Hall’s first career touchdown.  The Bucs and Cards traded scores all game until Tampa Bay jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable 31-14 lead late in the 3rd quarter.  A LaRod Stephens-Howling rushing touchdown and a fumble return for a touchdown by newly activated Gerald Hayes within 23 seconds gave the Cardinals life, though.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be as Derek Anderson, who replaced an ineffective Max Hall, gave the game away by throwing an interception inside the red zone in the last two mintues of the game.  Anderson threw into triple coverage looking for Fitzgerald instead of protecting the ball for the game-tying field goal. 

Among the many reasons the Cardinals lost this game, one stands out against all the others: Ken Whisenhunt’s incorrect decision to go for it on fourth and two in the first half inside the red zone.  It just makes no sense.  There’s no excuse for taking points off the board in the first half, which makes it all the more infuriating that the Cards lost by three points.

Much more on this game tomorrow.

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