The Cardinals Sunday saw their kicker go from the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows.
In the end, they were on the losing end of a 19-16 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills, a team that stayed out west this past week to try and overcome two awful defeats of their own.
Jay Feely made a franchise-record 61-yard field goal with 1:09 left in regulation to tie it 16-all. But his 38-yard attempt to win it as the fourth quarter ended was tipped by Buffalo’s Alex Carrington and careened off the left upright.
”You go from on top of the world to feeling about as low as you can feel,” Feely said.
Jarius Byrd then stole the game for the Bills, as his second interception of the game set up Bills kicker Rian Lindell‘s game-winner 3:50 into overtime, which ended Arizona’s home winning streak at eight games, one shy of the club record.
Kevin Kolb passed for 128 yards with one score and one interception on 14- of-26 chances, but he left the game late in the fourth quarter with an injury. Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 93 yards and a score for the Cardinals (4-2), who have dropped their past two after opening the season with four straight wins.
Holding a one-point lead in the third, the Cardinals added to their advantage with a 49-yard field goal from Feely with 3:12 left for a 13-9 game. The 12-play, 43-yard drive saw the team convert a pair of third downs.
Buffalo answered on its next touch to take the lead back. On the first play, Steve Johnson caught a 23-yard pass and Spiller later had a 33-yard run. On 1st-and-goal at the 1-yard line, Jackson punched the ball in for a 16-13 lead with 27 seconds left in the third.
Following an exchange of punts, Kolb was picked off by Byrd, but Brad Smith was intercepted himself on a Wildcat play when his deep pass was snagged by Patrick Peterson.
Kolb converted a 1st-and-20 with a 22-yard run, but was hurt on the next play as he was tackled by a pair of players on a run. John Skelton hit Fitzgerald for 17 yards on a 4th-and-11 to get the ball to the Buffalo 43, but the team was unable to get any closer. It didn’t matter, though, as Feely calmly booted a career-high 61-yard field goal down the middle to tie the game with 1:09 to play.
He would have won it in OT, but it wasn’t meant to be.