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By: Larry Fitzgerald
Originally posted 10/15/2008
GLENDALE, ARIZONA — Last year,
America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys, finished 13-3 and
lost a home playoff game to the eventual Super Bowl
Champion New York Giants. The expectation for the 2008
Cowboys, with 13 Pro Bowl players, was to win it all.
In last Sunday’s game, Marion Barber scored on a
spectacular 70-yard catch and run as the Cowboys rallied
to tie the Arizona Cardinals and force overtime. Barber,
a former Minnesota high school and University of
Minnesota star, did all he could with 11 receptions for
128 yards and 17 rushes for 45 yards.
But the Arizona Cardinals, with stars like Larry
Fitzgerald, Jr. — like Barber, born and raised in
Minneapolis before going on to the University of
Pittsburgh — refused to be denied, winning 30-24 in a
For the Cardinals, it’s been a steady
progression of washing away a culture of losing. Chris
Collinsworth of NBC Sports’ Inside the NFL on Showtime
said, “The Cardinals over the years are kinda like the
Sunday’s stunning performance is going to go a
long way towards establishing that these are not the
same old Cardinals. The Cardinals made history Sunday
the way they beat the Cowboys, scoring on the game’s
opening kickoff with a 93-yard touchdown return by J..J.
Arrington, who has been on the team’s inactive list
the first four games, and by blocking a punt in overtime
to win the game.
Fitzgerald’s road roommate Sean
Morey blocked Cowboys punter Mat McBriar’s punt; then
Monty Beisel picked up the loose ball and ran three
yards for the game-winning touchdown. It’s the first
time in NFL history that an NFL game started with a
kickoff touchdown and ended on a blocked punt for a
The win was the Cardinals’ second straight; they
lead the NFC West with a 4-2 record and are 3-0 at home.
This is the team’s best start since 2002, and the
three-game home winning streak, combined with three in a
row to end last season, is the team’s longest since
The high-flying Cardinals, with quarterback Kurt
Warner throwing two touchdown passes and completing
22-30 for 236 yards, are putting up a lot of points.
Warner has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 14
straight games, and the Cardinals have scored at least
30 points in four games. In six games, the Cardinals
have scored 177 points to lead all NFL teams.
But it was the team’s defense that contained
Barber and put pressure on Tony Romo all day. Romo threw
for 321 yards and three touchdowns, but he was sacked
three times and had to hurry his throws all day.
The game officials had a rough game. Darnell
Dockett sacked Romo and punched the ball loose, and the
Cardinals recovered. However, the Cowboys maintained
possession because the officials blew the whistle before
the ball was recovered, taking away a turnover.
Another sack was reversed after what appeared to
be a sack and forced fumble in the end zone on Romo for
a Cardinals touchdown. Dockett appeared to sack Romo in
the end zone; the officials reversed the call and wiped
out a Cardinals touchdown on a Cowboys challenge,
calling it a tuck.
“It appeared at times that the officials were
trying to take the game away from us,” said
Fitzgerald, who scored a touchdown that was reversed
when the officials said his right foot was out of
bounds. The Cardinals’ Warner went right back to
Fitzgerald for a two-yard touchdown when he beat Pacman
Fitzgerald had five catches for 79 yards and a
touchdown. Terrell Owens of Dallas had four for 46 yards
The Cowboys in the finals second were awarded five
yards on an offside penalty after an injured Cardinals
defensive player, Travis Laboy, could not get off the
field while the Cowboys hurried to the line to spike the
ball and stop the clock after gaining 30 yards on a pass
play to Crayton at the 40.
After a lengthy delay, the officials moved the
ball to the 35 yard line where Nick Folk’s field goal
of 52 yards tied the game, forcing overtime. “I think
we were about 60 yards offside on the play,” said
Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt.
The loss for the Cowboys was their second in the
last three games.
The Arizona Cardinals put a hurting on the Dallas
Cowboys losing 30-24 was just the beginning. Pro Bowl
quarterback Tony Romo broke his right pinky finger on
his throwing hand. And could miss at least a month.
Former Viking quarterback Brad Johnson is the backup
and will now start in Dallas. Rookie running back and
kick returner Felix Jones injured his hamstring and will
miss a couple of weeks. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
has had it with Adam (Pacman) Jones the Dallas Cowboys
best cover corner and top five headache.
He was suspended for at least four games for
violation of the leagues personal conduct policy. Jones
was involved in an alcohol related incident at a Dallas
hotel on Oct.8 with his body guard that was assigned to
him by the team. Jones will not be paid during the
suspension and was suspended the entire 2007 NFL season
for multiple violations of the NFL's conduct policy as a
member of the Tennessee Titans. Jones was traded to
Dallas in April he has been arrested six times an
involved in 12 situations requiring police intervention.
Some guys just don't get it-Pacman Jones has likely
played in his last NFL game.
Previously when Marion Barber the Cowboys All-Pro
running back from Minnesota has 11 carries or more the
Cowboys were 23-1. Sunday against the Cardinals Barber
rushed 17 times for just 45 yards the Cowboys are now
23-2. The Cowboys were 16-2 until Sunday when Romo had a
100+ QB rating Against the Cardinals Sunday Romo was
24/39 for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns another 100+ QB
rating the Cowboys are now 16-3. Romo has 14 career 300
yard games as a Cowboy. He has passed Hall of Famer Troy
Aikman for most all-time in Cowboys history.
Defensively The Vikings Are Getting It Done!
Vikings All-Pro tackle Kevin Williams had four sacks
Sunday in the Vikings 12-10 win. The Vikings defense did
it again they held the Lions to 212 yards in total
offense and just 8 first downs. When Lions quarterback
Dan Orlovsky ran out of the back of the end-zone for a
safety Jaren Allen was in hot pursuit and got credit for
one of the Vikings six sacks. As controversial as
Sunday's win was it indeed a win. It was the second game
in a row that the game winning field was set up by a
Again it was 42 yards, Aundrae Allison of the Vikings
was the receiver on the play when Gus Frerotte went deep
this time the flag was thrown on Leigh Bodden cornerback
of Detroit. It was a phantom call if I ever saw one. But
it sets up a show down in Chicago Sunday against the
Bears for first place.
At least Head coach Brad Childress can take the ear
plugs out on the road things are getting brutal with all
the booing and fire Childress chants. "I don't hear
that stuff, Childress said. I'm working." When the
St. Paul Pioneer Press starts publishing pictures of
fans in this case a women that looks like a hockey mom
with "Fire The Dumb Ass Coach" and a photo of
Childress on her shirt. It proves again that negatives
and vinom sell newspapers.
Ryan Longwell's 26 yard field goal with 12 seconds
left saved the day for the Vikings. It was the second
straight game winner for Longwell. "Kicking on turf
is a bit more predictable, said Longwell your plant foot
is going to stick and the field is not going to slide.
It's pretty consistent on the same side of the foot
right on the laces. You just try and hit a good ball and
swing away you don't want to be to careful about it. And
even with the game on the line go through the same
routine you would on any other field goal."
Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on
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& Saturday mornings at 7:50 am and Fridays at
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