The Arizona Cardinals finally beat someone other than the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday
They’ve had these close games earlier in the season. In fact the Arizona Cardinals had three of them and none of them went their way.
Finally on Sunday, the football Gods were on the side of the Cardinals. They gave the Green Bay Packers their first home loss this season 20-17.
It also handed Packers coach Mike McCarthy a pink slip. He was fired after the game in a move that seemed more like a when and not if.
The Cardinals stayed with the Packers all day. They fell behind twice, 7-0 and 10-7 but both times were able to find the equalizer and eventually more.
After new Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez kicked a field goal with 1:45 left, they went up 20-17. It seemed like too much time.
Turns out it almost was. However Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed his field goal as time expired. For the Cardinals it was just their third victory.
However depending on what camp you are in, some fans were not happy the Cardinals won. They prefer the Cardinals to tank for a top draft position.
Sorry, I’ve never been in the team should tank camp. These players are playing for their own jobs. Why would they tank to possibly be out of one next season?
After Sunday’s games, the Cardinals would be picking fourth in the 2019 NFL Draft behind the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and New York Jets. To a certain point its understandable but in a realistic sense, the Cardinals and their fans needed this win.
The Cardinals might not have gotten the chance if not for Josh Rosen completing a 32-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald on third and 23 in the fourth quarter. Rosen laid it in there in a tight window that Fitz had to ensure didn’t hit the ground in front of him. Mission completed.
Now the Cardinals come home to face a struggling Detroit Lions team. I will once again be cheering for a win. Allow the draft positioning to happen as it may.
Even if the Cardinals try to lose and are successful, there are no guarantees. It would be bad if they succeeded in losing their remaining games but didn’t move up any further. Just go out and try to win your schedule is all I would ever tell a team.