Once again, the Cardiac Cards made an apperance, taking what many predicted would be a blowout game for the Cardinals into OT. But in the end, a win is a win is a win.
Hit the jump for details from yet another exciting victory, brought to you by the 2011 Cardinals.
Due to a concussion, Kevin Kolb sat the game, giving way to backup John Skelton. Skelton took advantage of this, and finished the day 28-46 with 313 yards, 1 TD, and 1 interception. His main target for the day was TE Todd Heap, who took in 7 receptions for 69 yards. RB Beanie Wells had 15 rushes for 51 yards and 1 TD (A 1 yard rush in the 4th Quarter), just 6 yards away from breaking 1,000 yards for the season. Andre Roberts also pulled in Skelton's lone TD for the day, and finished the day with 6 receptions for 60 yards.
The defense was one of the biggest factors in the win. Although surrendering an early TD to RB Peyton Hillis in the 1st Quarter, the Cards defense rebounded. In fact, the only other TD the Browns scored came in the 3rd Quarter when QB Seneca Wallace (Filling in for the injured Colt McCoy) connected with WR Greg Little for a 76 yard TD. The Defense also got several key stops, including forcing a big 3 and out in the first drive during OT, which gave the ball back to the Cardinals, setting them up to win the game.
The Cards special teams also did their part. After the defense stopped the Browns offense in the first drive of OT, CB Patrick Peterson returned the resulting punt 32 yards. After a Skelton to Fitz pass that resulted in another 32 yards, K Jay Feely kicked the game-winning 22 yard FG.
The time of possession for the Cardinals was 32:42, vs. 31:22 for the Browns. They had 21 1st Downs, 7 punts, 2 penalties, which resulted in 13 yards for the Browns.
Next week, the Cardinals travel to Cincinnati to take on Andy Dalton and the Bengals. In what will be a tough game, the Cardinals will look to keep their Playoff hopes alive.
And knowing the Cardinals, I wouldn't be surprised to see another visit from the Cardiac Cards.