It was one of the ugliest games we have seen in a long, long time, but in the end, it was beautiful in its own way as the Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 18-15 after a phenomenal throw and catch from Carson Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald.
The 49ers scored first in overtime, taking over 7.5 minutes off the clock, but the Cardinals found a way to bend, but not break and hold the 49ers to a field goal.
Then it was the offense and a quick strike offense at that to get down the field and get a touchdown to win the game.
It started out, with one of the most boneheaded plays you’ll see an NFL quarterback make, as he threw his fifth interception of the season.
There was no one even around there Carson pic.twitter.com/ghTMcydJP3— J.J. (@jayjayGoFast) October 1, 2017
Yet, it was just the beginning of a long day offensively.
The Cardinals offensive line was again, really, really bad, as Palmer was sacked five times and hit an additional 14 times on the day.
The Cardinals defense had another good first half performance and followed it up with an impressive performance in the second half of the game.
Tyrann Mathieu and Olsen Pierre had a sack each and Frostee Rucker and Xavier Williams had a half a sack each, giving the Cardinals three sacks on the game.
The game offensively was just atrocious. Neither team could get into a rhythm, neither QB could make a throw with any protection and on the off chance they did, the pass catches on both sides were plagued by drops.
After regulation, tied at 12-12, the idea of more football seemed… Like something few wanted.
The 49ers won the toss and took the ball, which, honestly with how the offenses have performed, seemed like a mistake. Yet, they had enough to get to the Cardinals side of the field, after on a third and long penalty, Markus Golden was called for an offsides penalty, that also resulted in Golden going down with a knee injury at the hands of… Budda Baker.
It was one of those games.
While Golden left under his own power and walked himself to the locker room, it still wasn’t pretty.
We’ll update you on the status of Markus Golden when we have more information.