Cardinals Keep Lions at Bay, Lead 24-10 at End of Third Quarter


Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley (14) throws during the first half against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals avoided any big mistakes in the third quarter and keep a 24-10 lead over the Detroit Lions heading into the fourth quarter.  Both teams traded field goals in the third quarter.  It did appear as if the Lions would find the end zone on their field goal scoring drive, but the defense stiffened up at the 24 and held them to the field goal by Jason Hanson.

The Cards gave up an opportunity to allow Jay Feely to extend the lead to 27-10 by attempting a 53-yard field goal attempt after hitting from 51 on the previous drive.  A little curious on that decision, however it did give he Cards the advantage in the field position game.

The Cards continue to make questionable play calls but so far today it hasn’t bitten them like in weeks past.  The defense for sure has brought it today.  They are playing better against the run and the pass.  Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has only thrown for 136 yards and no touchdowns.  He has two interceptions.  Ryan Lindley has thrown the one first quarter pick and thrown for 101 yards.  It hasn’t been pretty, but so far so good with 15 minutes left to play.