The two-game winning streak and the Cardinals QB controversy have something in common: They're both over.
Thanks to the division rival San Francisco 49ers, the Cardinals two-game winning streak came to an end. It was a game filled with horrible Offensive drives, great Special Teams plays, and encouraging Defensive performances.
Hit the jump for details from possibly the worst game all season.
John Skelton got his third start in a row, filling in for an injured Kevin Kolb, and it is safe to say he failed to take advantage of it. After coming away with clutch 4th quarter performances in his previous two games (Against the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles), Skelton didn't even play in the 4th Quarter, coming out with an injured hand. Skelton finished the day 6 for 19, with 99 yards, no touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 10.5 QB rating. Eventually, backup QB Richard Batel came into the game, and threw the only Cardinals TD pass for the day, which came off a 23 yard pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald.
The Defense, on the other hand, looked encouragingly good, despite the fact that they were on the field for the majority of the game. The final score doesn't do their performance justice, as they stuffed the 49ers vaunted run game all throughout the day. The even held the 49ers star RB, Frank Gore, to 88 yards and no TD's, despite the fact that he was predicted to have a monster game.
The Cards Special Teams was the brightest part of the day. Blocking 3 of 49ers kicker David Akers' attempted FG's, they definitely did their part. Also, Cardinals punter David Zastudil averaged 46.5 yards on each of his punts.
The time of possession for the Cards was 15:44, vs. 44.16 for the 49ers. They had 11 1st Downs, 6 punts, and 6 penalties, which resulted in 75 yards for the 49ers.
The Cardinals travel to St. Louis next week to take on the Rams. Kolb should most likely play in this game, so we'll see how he does in his first start back from his injury. At 3-7, the season is essentially over. But at least we have basketball, right?...Oh, wait...