If you have serious heart problems, it might be best for your health to no longer be a Cardinals fan.
In what has become a common occurrence at the University of Phoenix Stadium the past year, the Cardinals found a way to pull out another overtime victory, this time beating the Miami Dolphins, 24-21 on Sunday afternoon.
Things certainly didn’t start out well for Arizona. The Dolphins got off to a 13-0 start in the second half and the Cardinals defense, which looked like the best unit in football during the first three weeks of the season, couldn’t stop rookie Ryan Tannehill and his receiver tandem of Davone Bess and Brian Hartline.
Tannehill along with his receivers still put up some numbers during the second half, but the Cardinals defense made the necessary adjustments and caused three turnovers by Tannehill during the second half and in the overtime session. A fumble gave the Cardinals great field position to tie up the score in the fourth quarter and an interception set up a game-winning field from Jay Feely.
After having troubles moving the football in the first 30 minutes of the game, the Red Birds offense turned things around during the second 30 minutes of the contest and into the overtime period thanks in large part to the play of Kevin Kolb.
With no threat of a run attack all afternoon long, Kolb had to put the offense on his back in the passing game. Kolb made two terrible decisions on both his interceptions, but his good moments outweighed his bad ones.
Kolb threw one of the worst interceptions you will see in your life inside the red zone as the Cardinals were about to punch it in and go up by eight points, but he then bounced back on the very next drive with a huge touchdown pass to tie the game on fourth down.
For the third time in their four wins, this game came down to literally the final play of the season for Arizona. The Cardinals were able to hold off a late surge from Seattle, they got a missed field from New England in the final second and then kicked a late field goal in today’s win against the Fins.
Now, many critics will say that the Cardinals continue to get lucky winning these games and the breaks they have been receiving in their wins are about to run out at some point in the near future. We have been hearing that for awhile now and this team just continues put up W’s.
The Cardinals are far from a perfect team and they will need to work out their flaws as the season goes on, but when you constantly come up big when it matters, that isn’t luck. That is called being clutch and being a very good football team.