Final/OT

Cardinals 37

(9-5, 3-4 away)

Titans 34

(5-9, 2-5 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:25 PM ET, December 15, 2013

LP Field, Nashville, TN 

1 2 3 4 OT T
ARI 7 3 10 14 337
TEN 10 0 7 17 034

Top Performers

Passing: R. Fitzpatrick (TEN) - 402 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Ellington (ARI) - 10 CAR, 71 YDS

Receiving: K. Wright (TEN) - 12 REC, 150 YDS

Cardinals waste lead but beat Titans in OT

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Arizona Cardinals care only about stacking up wins as they push for a playoff berth in the rugged NFC.

Needing a few extra minutes is no problem at all.

Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter.

"It's not like the BCS," Feely said. "You don't get style points. You've just got to win a game and move onto the next one and, hopefully, keep winning."

The Cardinals (9-5) won their sixth in seven games. With San Francisco and Carolina winning, they remain a game back of both for a NFC wild-card berth. The Cardinals visit Seattle and then host the 49ers on Dec. 29 in the season finale.

The Titans scored 17 points in the final 3:12 of regulation with no timeouts left to force overtime with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing two of his four TD passes to Michael Preston. They also recovered an onside kick to set up the tying TD with 10 seconds left in regulation.

They won the toss and drove to the Cardinals 43 before Antoine Cason intercepted his second pass of the game.

"They picked on the wrong guy twice too many times," Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. "Antoine's been waiting his turn. It's great to see him make those plays, especially the touchdown."

The Cardinals picked up three first downs before Arians sent out Feely on third-and-12 for the winning field goal.

Tennessee (5-9) lost its third straight and eighth in 10 games. The Titans also lost their fifth consecutive home game for the first time since moving to Tennessee in 1997.

"When you have a comeback like that you're not supposed to lose a game like that," Fitzpatrick said.

The Cardinals scored 21 straight points in the second half, the last when Cason returned his first interception for a TD and a 34-17 lead.

"We kind of laid down and relaxed, and they kept fighting," Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. "That is a good situation to learn from."

The Titans outgained Arizona 460-360 with Fitzpatrick throwing for 402 yards and Kendall Wright caught 12 passes for 150 yards hours after new president Tommy Smith said he felt they hadn't given up on Mike Munchak with the coach's job security at question.

But Arizona, which lost rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu to a torn ACL last week, sacked Fitzpatrick three times to go along with Cason's interceptions.

Rashard Mendenhall also ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns, and Carson Palmer threw for 231 yards and had a 6-yard TD pass to Jake Ballard.

Cason also recovered a botched kickoff when Arizona surprised the Titans with a short kick to open the third quarter, and the Cardinals turned that into a 47-yard field goal by Feely. The Cardinals turned the three turnovers into 13 points in a game with five lead changes.

Arizona also made mistakes. The Cardinals didn't have a single penalty in the first half, but had four giving the Titans first downs on a 16-play drive by Tennessee for a TD and a 17-13 lead in the third quarter.

They also had a chance to kneel out for the win when Larry Fitzgerald also went up high and caught Rob Bironas' onside kick. Fitzgerald lost the ball when hit by Titans running back Jackie Battle. Rookie Daimion Stafford recovered, giving the Titans the chance to score again.

Munchak said he was tempted to go for the win with a 2-point conversion and instead kicked the extra point to set up overtime.

"I thought we had momentum on our side there and I thought we'd win the game," Munchak said.

Tennessee's comeback came with only a few thousand fans still left in the stadium because so many left when they fell behind 34-17.

Game notes


The Cardinals went 4-0 against the AFC South with the win, their first interconference sweep since realignment in 2002. ... Arizona improved to 3-4 on the road this season. ... Cardinals LB John Abraham had a half sack, giving him 11 1/2 for the season. ... Munchak deactivated receivers Justin Hunter and Damian Williams for violating team rules. The rookie Hunter was coming off the best game of his career and had topped 100 yards in two of the past three games. ... Kenny Britt played and caught his first pass since Oct. 20. He finished with three catches.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARI
TEN
1st Downs2432
Passing 1st downs
1223
Rushing 1st downs
113
1st downs from Penalties
16
3rd down efficiency
6-127-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6880
Total Yards360460
Yards per play5.35.8
Total Drives1212
Passing215394
Comp - Att
20-3036-58
Yards per pass
7.26.8
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-163-8
Rushing14566
Rushing Attempts
3619
Yards per rush
4.03.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-43-4
Penalties9-693-16
Turnovers03
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession30:5833:44

Passing Leaders

ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Palmer20/302317.7102-16
TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpat...36/584026.9423-8

Rushing Leaders

ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Ellington10717.1022
Mendenhall21693.3215
TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson13403.1015
Fitzpat...3227.3017

Receiving Leaders

ARIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Ellington48721.80385
Fitzgerald6498.20189
TENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Wright1215012.502620
Washington79213.10339

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARITEN
tenFG09:34Rob Bironas 45 Yd 03
ariTD04:30Rashard Mendenhall 1 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 73
tenTD00:00Chris Johnson 25 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rob Bironas Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERARITEN
ariFG07:21Jay Feely 25 Yd 1010
THIRD QUARTERARITEN
ariFG13:32Jay Feely 47 Yd 1310
tenTD06:16Delanie Walker 1 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rob Bironas Kick) 1317
ariTD02:14Jake Ballard 6 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Jay Feely Kick) 2017
FOURTH QUARTERARITEN
ariTD06:50Rashard Mendenhall 1 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 2717
ariTD06:13Antoine Cason 20 Yd Interception Return (Jay Feely Kick) 3417
tenTD03:12Michael Preston 10 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rob Bironas Kick) 3424
tenFG00:47Rob Bironas 24 Yd 3427
tenTD00:10Michael Preston 8 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rob Bironas Kick) 3434
OVERTIMEARITEN
ariFG10:18Jay Feely 41 Yd 3734

Research Notes

Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 15-of-21 for 184 yards, three touchdowns and an interception when the Cardinals blitzed on Sunday. Arizona's defense entered as the most aggressive unit in the league, but didn't play up to its usual high standard Sunday.
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Carson Palmer posted an 86.6 Total QBR against the Titans. His Total QBR is 77.6 since Week 8, 2nd-best in the NFL behind Josh McCown (Cardinals: 6-1 during that span).

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