Sept. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles while being tackled by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Sam Acho (94) in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
27 - 6, and a thorough game for the Arizona Cardinls as they handled the Philadelphia Eagles. Was it perfect? No. Coach Whisenhunt and the players have all said as much. But it had plenty of big moments from which to choose a play of the game.
Hit the jump below to see which made my selection as candidates for this weeks' competition.
And now for the contenders:
First up comes a dynamic special teams gem. Forced into a 3 and out, the Cardinals punt the ball away. The Eagles Damaris Johnson fields and begins a run-back when he is tackled by Anthony Sherman who forces the ball out. And long-snapper, yes I said long-snapper, Mike Leach recovers at the Philly 38 yard line.
Points on the board make the second entry to the contest. Rookie WR Michael Floyd pulls down a questionable throw into traffic from Kevin Kolb. It's Floyd's first regular season TD and he shows the concentration and hands the Cards selected him for. A beautiful 8 yard TD catch and run.
The defense slides into the contest as well, with OLB presence Sam Acho pushing the ball out of Vick's clutches as he made the tackle. Big Dan Williams recovers the ball on the Cards' 35 yard line.
The offense again claims a spot, putting more points on the board. Kevin Kolb managed 2 TD tosses in the game, the first was the Floyd, the second to the youngest player to 700 catches, Larry Fitzgerlad. Off play action, Larry splits the middle with single coverage and Kolb put's it on the money from 37 yards. Larry rolls through the goal-line, beating Nnamdi Asomugha for 6.
Defense again, all on the play of Kerry Rhodes. The Eagles are driving, on the Cards' 15 yard line and Vick hits DeSean Jackson for a quick catch. Rhodes meets Jackson at the Arizona 1 yard line and stonewalls the receiver, denying him the end zone.
Defense finishes off the list, as Kerry Rhodes and James Sanders combine on a highlight reel worthy entry. Fresh off his stop at the one yard line of DeSean Jackson, Kerry Rhodes comes off the edge and folds Vick in half, separating the QB from the ball. James Sanders scoops the ball up and following the beautiful seal of black jerseys, takes it 93 yards for a touchdown with time expired in the half.
Taking my vote is the combo play of Rhodes/Sanders. It was a nasty hit by Rhodes, a great run by Sanders, and heads up play by the entire defense to get 7. On top of that, the momentum shift was huge, as the Eagles were looking for points before halftime, and ended up with a punch to the throat.
Which play takes your vote? Vote for it in the poll below.
What was the play of the game in the Arizona Cardinals victory over the Philadelphia Eagles?
Anthony Sherman forced fumble Mike Leach recover (13 votes)
Michael Floyd TD catch (16 votes)
Sam Acho forced fumble Dan Williams recover (1 vote)
Larry Fitzgerald TD catch (14 votes)
Kerry Rhodes stop at 1 yard line (71 votes)
Kerry Rhodes forced fumble James Sander recover and TD (361 votes)
Other, explain below. (2 votes)
478 total votes