The Arizona Cardinals showed up in all phases on Sunday to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars at University of Phoenix Stadium
They dominated early, had a lull in the middle, and finished up with a bang. The Arizona Cardinals played arguably their best game of the season overall in defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
The game was wrapped up with a 57-yard field goal from Phil Dawson with one second left on the clock. The kick gave the Cardinals the victory and put them at 5-6 for the season. The Jaguars fall to 7-4.
It was a tale of three games really. Early on, the Cardinals defense was on fire. They held the Jags to 39 yards of offense until their last first half drive.
The offense was able to run the ball and quarterback Blaine Gabbert looked accurate. He finished the game 22-38 for 241-yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The interception was huge. It came lat in the fourth quarter. However the Cardinals defense returned the favor by intercepting Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Tyrann Mathieu made a huge pick to give the Cardinals another shot.
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They got that shot but came up empty and had to punt to the Jaguars. The Jaguars appeared to be managing the game to get to overtime. However a questionable call to throw the ball and have it go incomplete gave the Cardinals one more chance.
Gabbert was able to get a couple of passes completed on the sidelines on the last drive. He was helped by a beautiful catch by D.J. Foster. He looked more the part of receiver than he did running back on the tip toe catch.
That set up Dawson with his career-high conversion. Dawson by far had his best game of the season. He went 4-4 including the game winner.
Things looked bleak half way through the fourth quarter when Gabbert fumbled the ball and Jaguars and former Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell scooped the ball up and ran into the end zone to give the Jaguars their first lead of the day at 17-16.
From there it was back and forth. Gabbert hit Jaron Brown for 52-yards for a touchdown. Then Bortles came back and ran for his second touchdown of the day.
When you add it up not only was it the most entertaining game of the season, all three phases showed up in the same game for the first time this season. It certainly gives us something to look forward to watching over the last five weeks.