It was a weird game in Jacksonville between the Jaguars and Cardinals, but the outcome was about what you’d expect.
Carson Palmer threw for over 400 yards and a couple of touchdowns, while it was Michael Floyd who really killed the Jags with six catches for 193 yards, including a 91 yarder to break the game open in the 3rd quarter. Larry Fitzgerald also made a touchdown catch early in the game.
Down 10 and late in the 3rd quarter, the Jags were ignited by a couple of plays that gave them every opportunity to change the momentum of the game. First, the Cardinals muffed a punt and the Jags looked to fall on it. After the scrum, the ball was awarded to Arizona, who eventually came out of the pile with it. Jacksonville would challenge but the ruling was upheld.
Two plays later Carson Palmer would throw an interception inside his own 30. After the play, it was determined that the Cardinals had called a timeout prior to the snap and the play was nullified, lighting up a sparse Jacksonville crowd and the Jags’ sideline.
The Jacksonville defense would respond with several stops deep in Arizona territory. Unfortunately, their offense never could do anything with the awesome field position and Chad Henne eventually threw an interception midway through the 4th quarter.
Arizona only managed a field goal after that, but it was more than enough to hold on. Jacksonville didn’t score after the 5:00 mark in the 1st quarter.
For the moment, the Cardinals move within a half game of San Francisco at 6-4 in the NFC West. The Jaguars fall to 1-9 on the season and continue to march towards a chance at the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.