4th Quarter Meltdown – Cards fall to Panthers

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For three quarters, the Arizona Cardinals played tough, physical football and dominated the Carolina Panthers on defense. They were controlling the tempo of the game and were in the lead. But unfortunately, a football game is 4 QUARTERS LONG!! The Panthers ran off 16 straight unanswered points, largely due to defensive letdowns on two key plays that led to the 25-10 debacle at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.

The loss drops the Cards to 3-3 on the year, but thanks to the surprising performance of the Saints up in Seattle last night, we remain in a first place tie with the Seahawks who also sit at 3-3. Our QB situation just looks more and more grim as the season rolls on. First Matt Leinart goes down for the season, and during the first quarter we lose Kurt Warner to a sprained left elbow. So far there is no official word on how long Warner will be out, considering that our bye week is coming up after this Sunday’s game, it is entirely likely that head coach Ken Whisenhunt may choose to rest Warner through the bye week in order to have him healthy for the second half of the season.

Recent reports from the team website stated that Warner may have torn ligaments in his non-throwing elbow, and if so, would likely be out for quite a while. Either way, this is not how this team envisioned its season starting, losing both its #1 and #2 QBs to injury in consecutive weeks. We’ll just have to wait and see, but for now, we’re 3-3.

Mike Duggan
AZCardsfan4life