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Cardinals Rally to Stay Unbeaten; Top Dolphins 24-21 in Overtime

Coming off an emotional win last week vs the Eagles, the Cardinals played down to the competition Sunday as they hosted the 1-2 Miami Dolphins.

They played flat, were outgunned by Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill, and appeared ready to suffer their first loss of the season.

Yet in the end, they had enough fortitude to rally, scoring in the final seconds of regulation and then getting the game-winning field goal in OT to pull out a 24-21 win to move to 4-0.

“We’ve seen so many miracles happen in this stadium that we just don’t ever give up hope,” Cards QB Kevin Kolb said of the come-from-behind victory.

Kolb threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-tying 15- yard score to Andre Roberts on fourth down with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The Cards clinched the win when Jay Feely nailed a game-winning 46-yard field goal in overtime. The win for the Cardinals puts them off to their best start since the St. Louis Cardinals began the year 7-0 in 1974.

Kolb had to put up with pressure from the Dolphins all day, but still completed 29-of-48 passes with two interceptions, while Roberts hauled in six balls for 118 yards and two scores for Arizona.

Larry Fitzgerald added eight receptions for 64 yards and a score in the victory.

Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill threw for a franchise rookie-record 431 yards on 26-of-41 efficiency, while Brian Hartline had a touchdown and a franchise-record 253 yards receiving on 12 catches for the Dolphins (1-3), who suffered their second consecutive overtime defeat. They fell to the New York Jets last Sunday.

“We had our opportunities in the game,” Tannehill said. “I think we had a great week of preparation. We made some big plays in the game, just have to find a way to win at the end”

After Roberts’ 46-yard touchdown catch gave the Cardinals their first lead of the contest with 9:45 to go in the fourth quarter, Arizona appeared on its way to another score.

On the fourth play of Miami’s ensuing series, Tannehill found Legedu Naanee for a 19-yard completion. But as Naanee tucked the ball away, he lost the handle of it as it fell harmlessly to the ground. Patrick Peterson picked up the loose ball and returned it down to the Miami 3-yard line for a 60-yard runback.

Two plays later, however, Kolb’s pass intended for Fitzgerald in the front right corner of the end zone was intercepted by Smith, who made a fantastic diving catch while managing to keep both of his toes inbounds.

Just one snap later on a deep play-action pass, a wide-open Hartline ran across the formation and hauled in an 80-yard score along the left sideline. Jorvorskie Lane caught the two-point conversion for a 21-14 Miami advantage with 7:05 left in regulation.

Following a pair of three-and-outs, Arizona regained possession at its own 49- yard line with 2:51 left. Roberts had a 16-yard catch on a 3rd-and-18 and then moved the chains with a 9-yard reception on 4th-and-2.

With the ball at the Miami 15-yard line with 42 ticks to play, three straight Kolb incompletions set up a 4th-and-10. With plenty of time to throw, Kolb threw a strike to Roberts in the front left corner of the end zone to send the game into an extra session.

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One Response to “Cardinals Rally to Stay Unbeaten; Top Dolphins 24-21 in Overtime”

  1. stevephoenix says:

    I’m glad that Kolb is getting his shot to finally prove to us that maybe he can be “The Man” that finally replaces Kurt Warner. He just needed a start like Warner did back for the Rams. He just needed to start from the back and get his chance. Warner took the Rams to win the Super Bowl that year, maybe Kolb can too? Time will tell, week by week, heart failure by heart failure. Love those Cards though. Keep the wins coming!

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