Ok the game is tied with 3:00 minutes to play, and the kick off team decides to bring out the kick from deep in the end zone, and the best special team player in the league Justin Bethel made a great tackle stopping the ball carrier at the 10 yard line.
Newly signed Dontay Moch bull rushes threw the offensive line and gets a big sack of Glennon at the 1 inch line on third down, forcing the Buccs to punt from the back of their own end zone, and putting the Cardinals on the Buccs 38 yard line off the punt.
The next play was the second play that forced me out of my seat when rookie wide receiver Jeron Brown runs down the sideline and leaps for a ball with two hands and catches it while getting blasted in mid air by the defender, Brown was able to hold on to the ball and get both feet down after the big hit, which drew the 15 yard penalty for an illegal hit as well.
Coach Arians goes the smart route and set up for the field goal rather than be aggressive; knowing that his defense was playing lights out, it was the right move to go for the Feeley field goal to take the lead for the first time in the game, and force rookie Mike Glennon to beat you with no timeouts left.
The Buccaneers still had an opportunity to pull to a tie and force overtime or win with a touchdown with 1:29 left, but by this time the confidence of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has been shaken and the pressure is way too high for a first year quarterback to handle.
That proved to be the end result as lineman Frosty Rucker pressured Glennon with a big hit and forced the quarterback to throw earlier than he wanted and the ball sailed high over his receivers head.
Patrick Peterson was there for the gift and picked off the ball, and rather than doing his usual run to the house, or at least try, he was smart and got down on a slide and put the Cardinals in position to kneel down and end the game.
But that kneel down had some adventure as well, we know that Coach Greg Schiano teaches his players to play through the kneel down play and try to draw the ball out of the Quarterback’s hand, which is stupid in my opinion, and Carson Palmer was knock down on his back the first kneel because it appeared the Cards line was not expecting this bully move. The second kneel down the O-line fights back and bodies are all over the place, The NFL is going to have to do something about this before someone gets hurt.
After the final play I watched the two coaches walk to the middle of the field, and Bruce Arians had this look on his face that could have killed someone, he quickly shakes Shciano’s hand and immediately afterwards began to say some choice words. Arians did not speak directly to Schiano but he was cursing up a storm walking off the field, I’m sure he thought that kind of play was not sportsmanship like and could have injured his starting quarterback.
Lets face it, had this been last years team, down that same ten points to a rookie quarterback they would have lost this game, my point is it was not pretty but it sure builds up confidence in these types of situations to finish the game strong on both sides of the ball.