Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals: Live Scores, Highlights and Analysis
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer battled second-half timing and chemistry issues to pull out his first win with his new team. He went 22-of-39 (56.4 percent) for 248 yards, 6.4 yards per attempt, one touchdown and one interception for a 73.5 passer rating.
The offensive line played well all game, as they allowed just one sack and kept Palmer clean most of the day. Running back Rashard Mendenhall carried 15 times for 66 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and scored the game-winning one-yard touchdown run with two minutes to go in regulation.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford played an excellent game, managing his offense very well but coming up just short when it mattered. Stafford completed 24-of-36 (66.7 percent) for 278 yards, 7.7 yards per attempt, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 108.3 rating.
The Lions' vaunted defensive line was rendered useless most of the afternoon. Rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah had a sack and strip of Palmer that would have resulted in a turnover, but a penalty on the defense negated it. The Cardinals would turn that into a Jay Feely field goal—one of the four he hit on the day.
(11:49) Cardinals K Jay Feely, 47-yard field goal (0-3)
(10:31) Lions WR Calvin Johnson, 72-yard pass from QB Matt Stafford (7-3)
(7:38) Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, 36-yard pass from QB Carson Palmer (7-10)
(2:00) Lions WR Calvin Johnson, three-yard pass from QB Matt Stafford (14-10)
(10:37) Cardinals K Jay Feely, 23-yard field goal (14-13)
(7:16) Lions LB DeAndre Levy, 66-yard interception return (21-13)
(4:17) Cardinals K Jay Feely, 43-yard field goal (21-16)
(14:18) Cardinals K Jay Feely, 33-yard field goal (21-19)
(2:03) Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall, one-yard run (25-21)
The game is over.
Arizona defeats Detroit, 25-21.
1:59 remaining in the fourth quarter
Rashard Mendenhall takes it in from one yard out, and the Cardinals have the lead at the two-minute warning (25-21, Cardinals).
2:09 remaining in the fourth quarter
The Cardinals had seven linemen in on that 1st-and-goal play from the 1-yard line.
Arians calls a pass play.
2:23 remaining in the fourth quarter
With Arizona driving, it looks like this one could come down to a Jay Feely field goal. He's 4-for-4 today.
4:40 remaining in the fourth quarter
The Lions go three-and-out after Arizona backs them up with another punt. Palmer has 4:28 left to do something.
We've got a massive drive coming up for both squads. Who wants it more?
5:43 remaining in the fourth quarter
On a bad ruling, the play stands as called. It's fourth down, and the Cards have to punt it away.
Lions have the ball with a two-point lead.
With another challenge coming from Arians, this time on a Michael Floyd incompletion that will be ruled a catch, here is a tweet on the Cards' receivers:
without Fitz, undrafted Jaron Brown, Kerry Taylor getting time at receiver— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 15, 2013
6:30 remaining in the fourth quarter
The Cardinals have been run-heavy on offense the entire third quarter. It's not working now, so it may be time to get some play action going.
7:08 remaining in the fourth quarter
Ellington is tackled after gaining a first down on a swing pass, but he fumbled before going down. It was ruled that Arizona recovered it, but head coach Bruce Arians is challenging that Ellington was down by contact before the fumble.
If overturned, it will be a first down for the Cards. If upheld, it will be fourth down because of where the ball was recovered.
Ellington has been ruled down by contact, and Arians wins the challenge. The drive continues on.
8:43 remaining in the fourth quarter
Detroit sees why Justin Bethel is Bruce Arians' top player on special teams, after he blocks a field goal to keep the game within two points.
10:30 remaining in the fourth quarter
Stafford continues to complete passes at will. The Cardinals have no answer for what Detroit is doing in the passing game.
Here's a GIF of Peterson's first career completed pass:
14:18 remaining in the fourth quarter
Yet another drive stalls for the Cardinals, and Feely adds another field goal to inch the team closer (21-19, Lions).
0:33 remaining in the third quarter
The Cards' Kerry Taylor now has three receptions in the second half. He's getting open often, and he's being found.
1:42 remaining in the third quarter
Ziggy Ansah beats Levi Brown for a sack and strip, but an illegal-hands-to-the-face penalty negates the turnover. It's first down for Arizona.
2:46 remaining in the third quarter
The defenses continue to dominate the third quarter. That must mean we will see an offensive explosion in the fourth.
4:44 remaining in the third quarter
Palmer goes down for the first time today, and it comes on third down with the Cards driving. Feely adds another field goal (21-16, Lions).
5:41 remaining in the third quarter
A play we saw at Cards' training camp works well, as Peterson comes around on a reverse and hits Kerry Taylor for 17 yards.
7:04 remaining in the third quarter
Palmer throws his second third-quarter interception in as many games, and DeAndre Levy takes it 66 yards to the house. Tight end Jim Dray sat down in coverage, and Palmer assumed he would keep running, resulting in an easy pick for Levy (24-13, Lions).
10:00 remaining in the third quarter
Patrick Peterson's first career catch goes for 17 yards and a first down. We could be seeing a lot of that this season.
10:18 remaining in the third quarter
So far this quarter, the defenses appear to have made adjustments. There have been three possessions between the two teams, no first downs, a fumble lost and a three-and-out.
11:11 remaining in the third quarter
The drive goes nowhere, and Feely comes out for a short field goal, which he makes (14-13, Lions).
11:30 remaining in the third quarter
Chris Houston has had a nice game so far. He's got deflected two passes while covering Floyd.
11:55 remaining in the third quarter
After a fumble by Bush, Arizona takes over at the Lions' 7-yard line. The fumble was the result of a botched handoff.
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