For three quarters, the Arizona Cardinals held a lead. It would come down once again to the fourth quarter for a team that really has not been able to figure out how to close out games in 2017.
Today, they figured it out in a sloppy, thrilling 27-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Cardinals got out to their lead early, kicking two field goals and then getting a short field and getting a beautiful pass and catch from Blaine Gabbert to Ricky Seals-Jones to give the Cardinals a 13-0 lead late into the second.
It was there things started to pivot for the Cardinals and you knew it'd be white knuckling until the end.
The Jags forced a three and out and responded with a field goal just before half.
With a 13-3 lead going into the third quarter and a chance to put things away, the Cardinals came out with a nice drive, but again settled for a Phil Dawson field goal for a 16-3 lead.
The Jags responded with their first big drive of the day, and Blake Bortles took it in himself on a two yard touchdown scramble to cut the lead to 16-10.
As the fourth quarter began, the Cardinals had the ball and a tenuous lead, but you felt a potential shift occurring. The Cardinals would need another play on defense, after having got so many from Chandler Jones, Robert Nkemdiche and Tyrann through three quarters.
Instead, the Jaguars NFL best defense came through with a sack by Yannick Ngakuoe and a recovery and touchdown by Calais Campbell, giving the Jags a 17-16 lead.
The Cardinals were not done though, as Blaine Gabbert got a 54 yard touchdown pass off just out of the outstretched arms of Calais Campbell to Jaron And the Cardinals converted the two point try to take a 24-17 lead. Which didn't last at all.
Corey Grant had a huge return that setup Blake Bortles second rushing touchdown of the game and squared everything up at 24-24 and the game would rest on the shoulders of Blaine Gabbert or Blake Bortles.
Both quarterbacks threw awful interceptions putting the other team in position to win. Yet, Bruce Arians went conservative and punted. Except, Doug Marrone didn't. He threw the ball from inside his own ten on second down.
That stopped the clock. The Jags ran the ball on third down and the Cardinals got the stop.
It was then that the Cardinals just needed to get into Phil Dawson field goal range.
An amazing catch by D.J. Foster did the trick, as the Cardinals got to the 39 yard line setting you a 57 yard Phil Dawson field goal for the win…
Arizona Cardinals 27
Jacksonville Jaguars 24