4:15 PM ET, October 12, 2008
U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Never before had an NFL team started a game with a kickoff return for a score, then ended it with a blocked punt in overtime for a touchdown.It was that kind of crazy day in the desert.J.J. Arrington, inactive the first four games of the season, opened things up with a 93-yard return for an Arizona score.
• The Cardinals improved to 3-0 at home this season and 4-2 overall, which is their best start since doing so in 2002. They finished 5-11 that year.
• Kurt Warner's touchdown strike to Larry Fitzgerald in the third quarter extended his streak of consecutive games with a passing TD to 14. That ties for the third-longest in Arizona history.
• The Cowboys have now lost two of their last three games after starting the season 3-0.
• Tony Romo threw for 321 yards. That's his 14th career 300-yard passing game, which passes Troy Aikman for the most such games in Dallas history.
-- ESPN research
The Cardinals' home winning streak is their longest since 1975-76. ... Phillips said the team had doubled its special teams practice time to try to shore up some problems. ... Dallas lost running back Felix Jones with an injured left hamstring in the first half. ... Folk's 37-yard field-goal try at the end of the first half bounced off the left upright.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.9||5.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-2||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||2|
|TD||15:00||J.J. Arrington, 93 yd kickoff return (Neil Rackers kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 93 yds, 0:00
|TD||1:10||Patrick Crayton, 55 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 91 yds, 3:53
|TD||8:17||Miles Austin, 14 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 77 yds, 6:49
|TD||3:26||Larry Fitzgerald, 2 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 4:50
|TD||10:49||Steve Breaston, 11 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 89 yds, 4:58
|FG||3:21||Neil Rackers 41 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yds, 4:58
|TD||2:17||Marion Barber, 70 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 77 yds, 1:17
|FG||0:04||Nick Folk 52 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 5 plays, 34 yds, 0:50
|TD||14:05||Monty Beisel, 3 yd blocked punt return|
Drive info: 3 plays, -7 yds, 1:00