Arizona Cardinals Second Quarter Better, Lead Cowboys 14-10
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals started off the second quarter much better than the first quarter with a scoring drive against the Dallas Cowboys
The Arizona Cardinals found the end zone on their first drive of the second quarter. It was a drive that actually started in the first quarter and was helped by a 31-yard reception by receiver Larry Fitzgerald. He had two receptions for 40 yards on the drive. The drive culminated with a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Palmer to tight end John Carlson. He had dropped a probable touchdown a couple of plays earlier.
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The Dallas Cowboys first offensive drive of the second quarter did not go well. They could not run the ball against the Cards defense and ended up in a third and eight passing situation. Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden was hurried and then hit by linebacker Alex Okafor as he released the ball. The pass sailed out of bounds and the Cowboys had to punt.
The next drive the Cards stalled near mid-field. Palmer was not able to complete a pass on third and three. He had plenty of time to complete the pass but threw it wide and low for receiver John Brown. The Cards punted back to the Cowboys. During that drive, former Arizona State running back Marion Grice saw his first regular-season NFL action. He carried the ball for two yards on second and five.
The Cowboys did nothing on the next drive. Weeden was almost sacked by a couple of different players in the end zone for a safety. Ultimately though the Cards forced the second consecutive three-and-out for the Cowboys.
The Cardinals found out that Palmer’s mobility was just fine on the ensuing drive. He found receiver Michael Floyd for a first down pass scramble on third down. It continued the drive at mid-field. On the next play running back Andre Ellington got 20 yards on a right side run. The drive ended with a 11-yard pass from Palmer to receiver Jaron Brown. Cards went up for the first time today 14-10.
The Cowboys finally got some offense going though after the Cards scoring drive. Weeden found tight end Jason Witten for a big catch and then a nice mix of pass and Demarco Murray runs got them in scoring position. However Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel saved the day again. A blocked field goal that was picked up by cornerback Patrick Peterson was almost run back for a touchdown at the end of the half. Momentum is in the Cards hands right now.