The Arizona Cardinals capabilities on offense continues to be offensive. While there were drives and opportunities to put up points against the Buffalo Bills the Arizona Cardinals were unable to get into the end zone on all but one occasion. Arizona has struggled to consistently sustain drives and put up points over the past three weeks against the Dolphins, Rams, and now Bills as they try to find their identity as an offense and a scheme that will work with the tools that are available to them. The Cardinals have been riding a playoff caliber defense to keep the games close, and have had to rely on the impressive kicking of the Special Teams unit to push back opponents through deep punts or put points on the board through field goal attempts when drives stall.
Through the game I keep a quick list of plays that I think will be candidates for the play of the game or bonehead play of the game. Patrick Peterson's interception late in the fourth quarter was ranked highest in my mind as I watched the Cardinals defense, once again, make an incredible play to keep the team in the game and give the Offense a chance to win the game. But then the Offense trotted down the field behind a number of incredible plays, particularly the 4th-and-11 Skelton pass to Larry Fitzgerald, and moved ball well in spurts until the stall at the Buffalo 43 yard line. On fourth down, I am cringing hoping the play call will be some trick play to Fitzgerald, or a successful screen, but instead the offense walks off of the field.
With 4th-and-10 and just over one minute left on the clock the Cardinals call on Jay Feely to attempt the 61 yard field goal to tie the game. Just the thought of it made me speechless. It felt like Coach Whisenhunt was completely desperate and had given up on the Offense and was grasping at anything to win the game. Jay Feely trotted onto the field and set up for a career long attempt and looked as comfortable as if it was a chip shot. The snap was good, the hold was perfect, and Feely kicked the longest kick of his professional career with power and accuracy that landed his kick through the uprights with yards to spare. Feely's 61 yard kick was two yards shy of the NFL record of 63 yards shared by San Francisco's David Akers (2012), Denver's Jason Elam (1998), Tom Dempsey (1970), and Sebastian Janikowski (2011).
The beauty of the kick and how accurate it was to tie the game and keep the hope that the Cardinals could continue their home winning streak was simply amazing. Truly worthy of the play of the game, even if a few minutes later his 38 yard attempt was tipped by the opposing defense causing the ball to go left and hit the cross bar and bounce out. But that's a story for another article.
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