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Patrick Peterson returns Cardinals to the win column

Patrick Peterson, Jake McQuaide AP

The first 61:30 of Sunday’s Cardinals-Rams game were fairly dull, but the last 30 seconds were a doozy.

Rookie Patrick Peterson took a punt back 99 yards in overtime to give the Cardinals a 19-13 win over the Rams. It’s the third punt that Peterson has taken back for a touchdown this season and it is the second time that his skills as a returner have contributed to an Arizona win this season. He had an 89-yard punt return score in the fourth quarter of the season opener against the Panthers, the only other time the Cardinals have won a game in 2011.

Peterson looked like he was going to be the goat at the end of regulation. He picked up a pass interference penalty on a third down incompletion to Brandon Lloyd, giving the Rams a first down and a chance to have Josh Brown win the game with his fourth field goal of the day. Calais Campbell bailed out Peterson by blocking Brown’s kick, though, and Peterson returned the favor a few minutes later.

The victory came despite John Skelton becoming the first quarterback since 2008 to take two safeties in the same game. He was sacked for one and flagged for intentional grounding on the other, and both plays seemed like they could have been avoided by a more experienced quarterback. Skelton wound up with a decent day — 20-of-35 for 222 yards and a well thrown touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald to tie the game — but he nearly blundered the Cardinals into another loss.

He probably would have if the Rams were up to the task, but they simply aren’t good enough to make a team as modest as the Cards pay for their errors. Sam Bradford looked tentative in his return after two weeks on the sideline and Steve Spagnuolo made a questionable choice to go for it on fourth-and-one with less than two minutes to play instead of kicking a 51-yard field goal. The play call, an inside run by Steven Jackson, was the same call as the previous play and it failed against a Cardinals defense that saw it coming a mile away. St. Louis dominated time of possession, but their offense has so little spark that they couldn’t manage a touchdown on the afternoon.

Making things worse for the Rams was the loss of receiver Greg Salas. The rookie had seven catches and seemed to be helping Bradford move the chains, but he was carted off with what looked like a serious leg injury. Cardinals defensive back Michael Adams was also carted off during the game with his head and neck immobilized after a collision with Rams wideout Austin Pettis.

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13 Responses to “Patrick Peterson returns Cardinals to the win column”
  1. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Nov 6, 2011 8:19 PM

    The rook taking the punt from the 1 for a touchdown in OT? That takes balls.

  2. sunsation3413 says: Nov 6, 2011 8:29 PM

    Both these teams have pitiful offenses. Patrick Peterson has as many touchdowns as Larry Fitzgerald. Enough said.

  3. devinmr711 says: Nov 6, 2011 8:50 PM

    Patrick Peterson= next Devin Hester

  4. aram42287 says: Nov 6, 2011 9:01 PM

    Cardinals have been in alot of close games lately, their record is very misleading.

  5. stairwayto7 says: Nov 6, 2011 9:15 PM

    Watching Ram fan cry and I do mean the 1 ram fan, was awesome!!

  6. seatownballers says: Nov 6, 2011 9:39 PM

    Patrick peterson has awesome return abilities. Cant deny his talent. Im proud of the kid, cause his coverage is questionable at best yet he finds a way to make an impact

  7. phillyfan4ever says: Nov 6, 2011 9:40 PM

    That spin move past the punter was amazing, guys a beast. 3 punts returned for TD’s in his rookie season through 9 games.

  8. joecb91 says: Nov 6, 2011 11:54 PM

    I think he has been good in coverage, he just needs to get used to how the NFL flags you for even breathing on receivers.

  9. biggiep says: Nov 7, 2011 1:02 AM

    And with the 5th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select from LSU, Punt Returner Patrick Peterson.

  10. thehighhat says: Nov 7, 2011 3:26 AM

    This game, and these teams are the reason the NFC West is called the NFC Worst. Just truly pathetic teams.

  11. fthrvic says: Nov 7, 2011 9:04 AM

    A special shout out to Sunday Night Football on NBC for completely ignoring this game during its half-time “highlights” last night. I was so thankful to see highlights of Phillip Rivers throwing touchdowns in a loss, or Matt Schaub walking in to the endzone for a score rather than see any one of the 3 incredible plays it took for the Cardinals to win this game.

    Including the Fitz TD when he dropped to both knees in the back of the endzone to get down before going OB, the blocked field goal by Calais Campbell as time expired in regulation to force overtime, or the 99 yard punt return by P2 to end the game in OT.

    Thanks again, national media, for completely ignoring the games west of the Mississippi.

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 7, 2011 11:34 AM

    Jerry Jones is wondering why Peterson is returning punts.

  13. azbroncos says: Nov 7, 2011 12:19 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Nov 7, 2011 11:34 AM
    Jerry Jones is wondering why Peterson is returning punts.

    Post of the Day lol Too bad its on a Cardinals post so no one is going to read it

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