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Bills vs. Cardinals: Jay Feely's Late-Game Kick Hooks Left to Sink the Cards

Oct. 14, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA;  Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely (3) reacts after missing a field goal during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bills defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
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Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterOctober 15, 2012

With 1:09 left to play in the game, kicker Jay Feely had just become a hero by hitting the longest field goal of his career. The 61-yard moon shot had everyone on their feet at University of Phoenix Stadium. His long distance boot had just tied the game at 16-all.

Yet the cheering was short-lived considering what happened six plays later. With under five seconds left to play Feely had the opportunity to be the hero once again. There was no doubt he would make it right? This 38-yard kick was a gimme in comparison to the 61-yarder.

Unfortunately, there are no gimmes in the NFL. Feely's kick was tipped by Bills defensive lineman Alex Carrington. Talk about the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows, all in a matter of a minute and a half.

Here's what the kicker told ESPN's Mike Sando after the game.

"You go from on top of the world to feeling about as low as you can feel," Feely said.

The blame, however, can't solely be laid on his shoulders alone. The passing game looked awful, whether it was Kevin Kolb or John Skelton. Kolb only managed to complete 14-of-26 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown. He also threw a pick and was sacked five times before exiting the game in the fourth quarter.

It may be hard to believe, but Skelton's numbers were actually worse. He completed a measly two passes on 10 attempts and his last throw of the game was intercepted by Jairus Byrd. Byrd took the ball all the way back to the Arizona 6-yard line, which in turn set up Rian Lindell's game-winning field goal.

Luckily, Arizona's offense wasn't a complete lost cause. For the first time all season, offensive coordinator Mike Miller had the running game cranked up. The Cardinals' backfield amassed 182 yards on 30 carries. The last time Arizona ran the ball this well was Week 12 of the 2011 season.

Aside from the run game, the only other good came from the defense. To no one's surprise, it kept the Cardinals in the game, just as it does every week.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looked pedestrian again as Ray Horton's defense held him to 153 yards passing. Like Arizona, Buffalo's offensive production came from C.J. Spiller and the run game.

Everyone's defense has had a difficult time keeping Spiller under wraps, so it's hard for me to be upset their performance against him. 

The 19-16 loss dropped the Cards to 4-2, yet a win at Minnesota in Week 7 will allow them to stay atop the NFC West.

 

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