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A Whiz at overtime

Posted by Darren Urban on December 9, 2011 – 10:07 am

The first time the Cardinals went into overtime with Ken Whisenhunt as head coach, they should have won. If Sean Morey was just a little faster, or if the Cards didn’t have a bad penalty, or if Neil Rackers wasn’t going through his late-game issues, the Cardinals would have won — but instead, they lost to the 49ers, 37-31.

Since then, though, the Cards have been efficient when their games have gone into an extra period. Including the playoffs, the Cards have won five of their last six overtime games. They toppled reeling Atlanta, 30-27, later that year in 2007, helping the Cards finish .500 that season. There was the famous blocked punt to beat Dallas in 2008 and the more famous Michael Adams forced fumble against the Packers in the 2009 playoffs. The Cardinals did lose in Minnesota last season — Derek Anderson had time and a wide-open Larry Fitzgerald on a down-and-in on the first play of the extra frame that probably would have set up a scoring chance, but the pass was low and behind Fitz — but have rallied for their St. Louis and Dallas wins this year.

You’d rather win in regulation, of course, and there have been some breaks (I keep thinking how Greg Jennings had beaten Antrel Rolle badly in that playoff game and Aaron Rodgers — the last time he lost a playoff game — simply overthrew Jennings and what would have been the game-winning touchdown). But the Cards have found ways to win.

Another overtime nugget to note: The Cards and the 1995 Chiefs are the only teams with two 50-yard-plus touchdowns in overtime in a season. The Chiefs didn’t have either on offense, by the way. Tamarick Vanover had an 86-yard punt return Oct. 9 against San Diego, and defensive back James Hasty had a 64-yard interception return Sept. 17 against Oakland.


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6 Responses to “A Whiz at overtime”

  1. By Kevin on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Glad they’ve had success in OT, but good (or bad) OT records are generally just dumb luck. First you have the coin flip aspect. Then the sample size is small, and as you point out, OT games are often decided on who gets the breaks. A couple breaks in either direction turns 1-5 or 5-1 into 3-3. It doesn’t really mean anything.

    It’s time for the Cards to blow a couple teams out (well, maybe not this week; I doubt they can blow out SF, but they can beat them). They’re playing better, but every win has been a nail-biter. Two out of the four wins in the recent stretch, we lose if the other team kicks a FG with time expiring. And when the Rams tied it up in the 4th after we were ahead 20-10 a couple weeks ago, I was thinking about the blown leads to WAS, BAL and NYG. It has been crazy how close so many of this team’s games have been.

  2. By Bob-O! on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!! Cardinals have the 9’ers number this time. The Darkside is Fierce and O is pissed ready to put down a old Fashioned GridIron @$$ whoopin HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

  3. By Phoenixraven1 on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    So jacked up about Sunday!!!

  4. By Chuck 1 on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Now, I know how a junky must feel, waiting for his/her next fix.

    WHERE IS “FRIDAY BEFORE THE ‘9ers”?!?!?!

  5. By Darren Urban on Dec 10, 2011 | Reply

    Chuck 1 —

    RE: Where

    This is odd. I have you asking at 10 p.m., six hours after I posted it.

  6. By Chuck 1 on Dec 10, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    I’m mystified also.
    It wasn’t there when I looked.
    I was writhing in agony (I suppose like a junky) until Saturday AM. LOL

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