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10-31-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Ravens Aftermath

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Well, the Cardinals lost again, and they lost in the most excruciating way they possibly could.

So.... happy Halloween everyone.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals blow lead, lose to Baltimore Ravens
The word "finish" isn't supposed to be an ugly "F" word, but the Cardinals have turned it into one this season. The only thing they've polished off is the season. The latest fiasco came Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The Cardinals led the Ravens by 21 points in the second quarter, by 18 at halftime and were tied with possession of the ball late. But they couldn't finish and went home with a 30-27 loss when kicker Billy Cundiff made a 25-yard field goal as time expired. It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Cardinals (1-6) and the fourth in which they've blown a lead in the second half.

Cardinals' Beanie Wells plays vs. Ravens despite knee injury
Last week, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said if Beanie Wells couldn't play Sunday against the Ravens, the running-back position would be manned by committee. Wells played, yet the work at running back still was done by committee. Wells led it with 22 carries for 83 yards, but LaRod Stephens-Howling, Alfonso Smith and Chester Taylor also played. Wells said he was "definitely not" as explosive as he was before suffering a knee injury last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "It's probably going to be an all-year thing, trying to get this . . . right," he said. Whisenhunt praised Wells for playing, saying questions about Wells' toughness have been answered

Can't Hold On In Baltimore
Cards build big halftime lead but fall to Ravens, 30-27

Peterson Brings Another Back For TD
Notebook: Beanie powers through injury; Kolb hurts foot

Arizona Cardinals vs. Baltimore Ravens - Recap - October 30, 2011 - ESPN
Before launching the biggest comeback victory in the history of the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco first had to withstand the indignity of being booed by his usually supportive hometown fans. Flacco didn't care for the treatment, although he could appreciate the sentiment. And it didn't prevent him from carrying the Ravens past the Arizona Cardinals 30-27 Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals vs Baltimore Ravens Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Billy Cundiff made a 25-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Baltimore Ravens over the Arizona Cardinals, 30-27.

Wrap-up: Ravens 30, Cardinals 27 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 30-27 road defeat against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8:

Cardinals rewind: What we learned in loss to Ravens
Rewind: Kent Somers breaks down the Cardinals' 30-27 loss to the Ravens, which puts Arizona at 1-6 on the season.

Another nightmare comes true for reeling Arizona Cardinals
The worst fears of a wobbling franchise sprung to life. While suffering their sixth consecutive defeat, the Cardinals were beaten by a player they drafted and thought they could replace (Anquan Boldin). They were destroyed by a player they famously passed on in the draft (Terrell Suggs), a hometown kid who publicly yearned to play for the Bidwill family. They squandered a 21-point lead, along with any chance of salvaging this grotesque season. And in the postgame wreckage of a 30-27 loss to the Ravens, their dark past seemed much closer than any kind of bright future. "I'm always going to have a little animosity toward Arizona," Suggs said. "But I should be thanking them. They did the right thing for me by passing on me, and I ended up here." Welcome to the 2011 Cardinals, where nightmares come true.

Arizona Cardinals-Baltimore Ravens play of the game
The setup: The score was tied at 27-27. The Ravens had the ball on the Cardinals' 41-yard line with 48 seconds remaining. blogs - Kent Somers - Post-game spread
Some news, notes and observations after the Ravens' 30-27 victory Sunday in Baltimore.

Word From the Birds Blog - Ravens aftermath
I’ll start with Beanie. You could see it, every time he tried to bounce it outside, that his right knee was trouble. He had no burst of speed. He couldn’t get the corner. And a few times after he was hit, the Ravens blasted him on the leg. He couldn’t get as many carries as he normally would have. Physically he couldn’t do it. Yet there he was, plowing into the line. There he was, going over the top for a touchdown. There he was, probably needing to come out of the game after being blasted by Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata on a third-and-1 but insisting to the sideline he wanted to stay in for a crucial fourth down and cracking off a four-yard rush on the next play. The Cardinals didn’t win, but I – and anyone else watching – had to be impressed by Wells. That is one of those tangible things you see when anyone asks about the team shutting it down during this losing streak.

Six Points: Cardinals squander 3-td lead in Baltimore -
The Arizona Cardinals dressed up for Halloween as a good NFL team. For 30 minutes, they really looked the part.

Four Down Territory: Too good to be true -
The attractive woman that you think is looking at you from across the room……a bank statement that lists too much money in your account…..your slacker kid with straight A's on a report card….the Arizona Cardinals with a 24-3 lead against the Ravens on the road…… Things that are too good to be true. It's banter straight out of the old $10,000 Pyramid game show.

Cardinals vs. Ravens highlights
The Baltimore Ravens were down 24-6 in the first half but come back to make the biggest comeback in franchise history, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 30-27.

Peterson's Punt Return Through Ravens
Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson dodges his way through the Baltimore Ravens to return a punt 82 yards for a touchdown to give Arizona a 17-3 lead.

Cards Daily - Postgame Reaction Baltimore
The Cardinals give their reaction after giving up a large lead and losing to the Ravens.

Arizona Sports News:

ASU football ranks No. 19 in BCS standings; Stanford at No. 4
ASU (6-2), coming off a 48-14 homecoming win over Colorado, moved up to No. 19 in the standings.

NFL News:

NFL Week 8 Debrief: Patriots, Saints Lose While Steelers Make Case For Second Best -
The Patriots and Saints lost while the the Steelers made the case for the second best team in the NFL. Check out the NFL Debrief to see what you missed in Week 8.

NFL Week 8 Injuries: Recapping A Mostly Pain-Free Sunday -
In this week's injury report, our medical expert takes a look at injuries suffered Sunday by Hakeem Nicks, Sean Lee, and other NFL notables.

Rapid Reaction: Bengals 34, Seahawks 12 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 34-12 home defeat against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8:

Wrap-up: 49ers 20, Browns 10 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8:

Wrap-up: Rams 31, Saints 21 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the St. Louis Rams' 31-21 victory against New Orleans in Week 8:

ANIMATED: Tim Tebow 'Tebowed' By Stephen Tulloch - From Our Editors -
Expect the blustery over Tebowing to continue this week. After leading his team to a comeback win over the Miami Dolphins last week, a picture of Tim Tebow kneeling on the sidelines as the game ended launched the Tebowing craze. This week, in Tebow's second start of the season, the first one to do a little Tebowing was not the quarterback. Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch sacked Tebow on third-and-seven with less than three minutes left to play in the first quarter. Following the sack, Tulloch took the opportunity to do a little Tebowing of his own. Take a look and see for yourself.

VIDEO: New England Patriots Onside Kick Gets An 'A' For Effort -
Good try, New England Patriots! I like the onside kick idea, but the execution could've used some work. I mean, the whole attempt might've paid off, had the kick traveled more than about six yards. It also looked like the kick hit the kicker in the back of the leg, so New England gets bonus points for that.

NFL Week 8 Highlight Videos: Tim Tebow's Mistakes, Cam Newton's Amazing Plays And More -
The best highlights from the NFL's Week 8, including Patrick Peterson's punt return, Cam Newton's cannon and Tim Tebow's mistakes.

Dear Sunday Night Football: You're Doing It Right -
We're all well familiar with bad sports broadcasting, because there's a lot of it. So instead, let's take a moment to appreciate NBC's Sunday Night Football, a broadcast far better than it has any business being.