Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals, Kicks It into Another Gear

Brandon GalvinFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Kicker Jay Feely #4 of the Arizona Cardinals lifts his son Jace out of the crowd following the NFL game against the Denver Broncos at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 43-13.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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So, kickers aren’t athletes, you say?

Eh. Probably right.

Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely continues to do all he can to disprove that common belief.

Against the Denver Broncos in Week 14, Jay Feely was the entire scoring output for his team until the fourth quarter.

With the game already in hand against a lifeless Broncos team that just fired head coach Josh McDaniels for his cockiness and incompetence, Tim Hightower tried to steal the show from Jay Feely in the fourth quarter when he rushed for two touchdowns and finished the day with 148 yards rushing on 18 carries.

On this day, Feely would not be outshined, and turned out to be the talk of the town.

Feely contributed 25 points (including three extra points made) to the lopsided 43-13 win over the Denver Broncos. Many didn’t know what to expect from this game as both teams have been down in the dumps. Rookie John Skelton was unimpressive, completing just 15 of 37 attempted passes for 146 yards and zero touchdowns or turnovers.

Feely kicked at least one field goal in each quarter. With two seconds remaining in the first half, Feely booted a 55-yard field goal to give his teammates a 13-point lead at halftime.

The highlight of the game and why Feely was truly the hero in this contest came in the second quarter with just over four minutes remaining.

On 4th-and-2, the Cardinals lined up for a field goal.

As Feely set his feet and the ball was snapped to the holder, Feely took off running as fast as he could. The football was flipped back to Feely, who caught it and proceeded to run to the right pylon and score a touchdown.

The trick play clearly outsmarted the Broncos, but three special teamers realized and began to close in on Feely. They were no match for Feely’s head start and speed, as he snuck into the front corner of the end zone untouched, holding the football over his head in celebration. Arizona went wild for the successful trick play attempt.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt high-fived one of his coaches on the sidelines as the entire team showed its excitement. Feely then leaped into the stands and was mobbed by the excited Cardinals fans.

With five field goals and the trick touchdown, Feely was a one man show for the Cardinals in the first three quarters and proved that “those lousy kickers” can do far more to help their team than “just kick the rock.”

At least for this week, Feely is king in Arizona.