Cardinals-Cowboys: Cards Win in Historical Fashion

Shane HouseAnalyst IOctober 12, 2008

What a game. It started with a special teams touchdown, and it ended with a special teams touchdown, and there was controversy left, right, and center.

Kurt Warner had a great game, going 22-for-30 with two TDs and 236 passing yards, being able to manage the game without making a lot of mistakes once again.

Both Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston had touchdowns in the game, with Breaston getting his first receiving touchdown in his career.

It started well, with J.J. Arrington returning a kick for a touchdown at the beginning of the game to help the Cards take an early lead.

Then in the second quarter, Tony Romo fumbled the ball in the end zone to give the Cardinals their second touchdown of the game. But Romo then got up making a throwing motion towards coach Wade Phillips to challenge the play.

The play was reviewed and the ref decided that Romo was making a throwing motion when he fumbled. So Cowboys kept the ball. 

That turned out to be a good thing because Romo led the Cowboys down the field and capped off a touchdown drive by throwing a 55-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Crayton for the TD score.

The Cardinals and Cowboys went into the half with a tied game 7-7.

When the second-half started, the Cowboys were the first to strike, with Tony Romo throwing a 14-yard TD pass to Miles Austin to take the lead 14-7.

But that's when the Cardinals exploded by scoring the next 17 points, which included TD passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. But the Cowboys weren't out of it just yet.

The Cowboys responded late in the game with Marion Barber breaking through the Cardinals' defense with a 70-yard touchdown catch, which left the Cowboys three points behind with 1:17 left in the game.

With the ensuing kick-off, Nick Folk pooched the kick, and the Cowboys miraculously recovered the ball from the Cards. So, with the Cowboys moving the ball all the way to the Cardinals 35, Nick Folk had a 52-yard FG with four seconds left to bring the game to overtime. With his first kick, the Cardinals blocked it, but the brilliant Ken Whisenhunt calls his last timeout so Folk gets another kick at the can.

Of course, the field goal is good, and the game goes to overtime.

This is where the history happens.

With the ball at the Cowboys' 13 yard-line, Sean Morey blocks the punt with Monty Biesel, taking it into the end zone for the touchdown, being the first time in NFL history to have a game won in overtime by a blocked punt.

So what does all this mean?

Well what it means is that the Cardinals are off to a great start and are leading their division by two games.

What this also means is that by beating the Cowboys, they will be taken seriously by every team in the NFL for the first time in a very long time, and I couldn't be more happier to see it.