Let’s take a look, starting with some pre-game fun from Larry Fitzgerald:
Dear JPs girlfriend,— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) December 17, 2017
Come with him to the game and he will propose for Christmas!!
They don’t call him “Larry Legend” for his Tweet game but you certainly could.
Props to Fitz for the strong Twitter game.
Blaine Gabbert’s start to the game was...less than legendary.
Gabbert is such a joke. He is who we knew he was— Raising Zona (@RaisingZona) December 17, 2017
New OT Khalif Barnes entered the game on a 6 OL play with Jermaine Gresham out...a demonstration of how Arizona’s season has gone on the offensive line especially this season.
Good way to get a guy involved but not get him gassed in first game back in a long time https://t.co/iAnwqrJJS6— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) December 17, 2017
Meanwhile there was some...interesting commentary from Ronde Barber (as usual).
Rhonde Barber almost with a career ending comment there #AZvsWAS— Chick Hernandez (@CHICKatNBCS) December 17, 2017
No “Larry Johnson” mentions in the game however.
Getting back to the QB. Blaine Gabbert was...less than steady in the game throughout. As was the Offensive Line.
Gabbert handed that one off into the shoulder pads— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 17, 2017
Calling it now. Barnes starts at LT next week.— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) December 17, 2017
Chandler Jones was his usual dominant self, of course. He has 15 sacks on the season and had a HUGE hit on Kirk Cousins in the 4th quarter:
Chandler Jones got a good clean hit on Kirk Cousins, who was slow to get up (but was fine).— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) December 17, 2017
Woof. Big hit though. pic.twitter.com/byb2Xgw0qo
Robert Nkemdiche and Josh Bynes both left the game with injuries, as did standout ILB Josh Bynes and Brittan Golden was carted off with a serious injury.
Story of the season for the Cards, sadly. This game was no different:
Wrist injury for Nkemdiche. Cardinals have had TERRIBLE luck with wrists. Probably broken— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) December 17, 2017
That will be No. 14 on IR— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) December 17, 2017
However, one standout player on defense? Kareem Martin. He had a dominant game and batted down a Cousins pass and was all over the field today.
Kareem Martin has really taken advantage of his opp. UFA after the season.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 17, 2017
The game went back and forth all day long, but the Cardinals just were never able to take the lead. It came down to a 4th quarter 2:10 left on the clock with Blaine Gabbert at the helm.
It started...well both good and bad:
Niklas saves Gabbert from an interception to keep hope alive.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 17, 2017
Even the Cardinals own Twitter account recognized the “Cardiac Cards”:
**deep breathes**— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 17, 2017
The game came down to Gabbert forcing a ball into Larry Fitzgerald who almost made an INCREDIBLE grab. But...it fell short.
Fitzgerald has given fuller a tough game today, but Fuller came up with a great read on 3rd down to break up the pass. Think it hit his helmet, but it counts pic.twitter.com/1JCyNUukz0— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) December 17, 2017
In the end, one sport in the state of Arizona was worth watching today, and it wasn’t this game. Congrats to ASU Basketball!
I went to the ASU game today instead of watching a single second of the Cardinals. Best decision I've made in months.— Scott Howard (@ScottHoward42) December 17, 2017
It’s been one of those years.
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