Without Carson Palmer at the helm, the Cardinals put their eggs into Drew Stanton's basket. Stanton and the Cardinals pulled out a 25-14 win, after making a miraculous fourth quarter comeback.
Carson Palmer was deemed inactive after the throwing arm injury he sustained last week, failed to heal. Throw in Drew Stanton, who had not thrown a pass in four years (or 1100 days). He started the game off well, throwing a 19 yard ball to Michael Floyd. He helped drive the team to seven points, albeit, heavily aided by several huge penalties.
On the late hit, I did not expect him to get up. He was in pain on the ground, but he got himself up. Arizona took a 7-0 lead on that drive.
Eli Manning drove the Giants into field goal range, but a tip off of Tommy Kelly's shoulder allowed Sam Acho to make an interception, and Stanton would help the team into field goal range.
After that, it was all Giants until the fourth quarter.
Trailing 14-10 to start the fourth, Stanton lead the team down the field and they converted on a field goal attempt to cut the lead to one. The ensuing Giants possession stalled, and Ted Ginn, who was horrendous all game, took the ball 71 yards for the go ahead score, and would ultimately be the game winner.
The following kickoff was fumbled, with Kenny Demens punching the ball out, and Robert Hughes falling on it. Arizona would kick another field goal, and the Cardinals held on to win the rest of the way.
Drew Stanton, while nothing great, performed admirably. He finished the game 14/29 for 167 yards with no touchdowns.
Andre Ellington was fantastic, despite a left foot injury. He carried the ball 15 times, for 91 yards, and average of 6.1 yards per carry.
Larry Fitzgerald, after a quite week last week, bounced back with a six catch 51 yard yard day. We shall see what his father has to say this week.
Catanzaro completed all four of his field goal attempts, with a long of 49 yards.
The offensive line allowed four sacks on Stanton.
Defensively it was an ugly game. They allowed the Giants to complete 50% of their third down attempts, and struggled in coverage all game. The lone bright spot was the 81 yards rushing, which is off for this defense, but they held the Giants to 3 yards a carry.
The Cardinals are an early first half, late second half kind of team it appears after two games.
A win is a win, now it's time to rest up, and bring on the 49'ers next Sunday.