Arizona Cardinals: Sunday's Big Winners & Losers in Cards' Victory over Seattle

Mike May@@SB_MikeMayContributor ISeptember 10, 2012

Sept. 8, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) salutes the crowd after beating the Seattle Seahawks 20-16 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Cardinals managed to overcome poor officiating and a stalled offense in the second half to hold on and beat the Seattle Seahawks 20-16. A couple big winners and losers come to mind following yesterday's season opener at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Losers

Select Cards Fans

Yes, indeed I'll say it. To those of you that booed Kevin Kolb when he came into the game to replace the injured John Skelton, shame on you. Unfortunately, there will always be fans that gripe and moan about the trade that brought Kolb to the Cardinals. I have one thing to say to those specific fans—get over it. By the way, Kolb led the game-winning drive.

NFL's Leverage

Roger Goodell has to be looking at this game, among others, and realizing that he's going to have to make some concessions to get a deal reached with the NFL referees. Russell Okung got away with numerous false starts, and I can only imagine what the scene would've been had Seattle managed to score with the benefit of that last 10-minute-long timeout.

Winners

NFL Referees

I wonder how broad the grins were on that side of the table yesterday. I think everyone can safely assume we need to do what we need to do to get these guys back on the field.

Kevin Kolb

While I doubt Kolb was hoping Skelton would get injured, you have to think he's been waiting for his chance to get back on the field and prove himself. Well, in the short term, he did. Kolb looked very sharp in leading the offense to the game-winning touchdown drive, despite being booed by “fans” when he came on the field to replace Skelton.

Skelton looked good in the first half, but the offense screeched to a halt in the second half. This is Kolb's chance to earn a franchise. What I liked most of all was how the offense seemed to open up more with Kolb behind center. I'd like to see the Cards continue the uptempo offense when Kolb's starting.

Arizona Cardinals

Ultimate winners in yesterday's game. They survived a stalled offense, lack of running game and horrible officiating to gut out a victory.

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