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
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.9||5.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||14:45||J.J. Arrington 93 Yd Kickoff Return (Neil Rackers Kick)||0||7|
|TD||00:59||Patrick Crayton 55 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||7||7|
|TD||08:11||Miles Austin 14 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||14||7|
|TD||03:21||Larry Fitzgerald 2 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick)||14||14|
|TD||10:44||Steve Breaston 11 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick)||14||21|
|FG||03:17||Neil Rackers 41 Yd||14||24|
|TD||02:00||Marion Barber 70 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||21||24|
|FG||00:00||Nick Folk 52 Yd||24||24|
|TD||14:00||Monty Beisel 3 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt||24||30|