It was not just because the Red Birds won to even their record at 2-2 this season. It was the way they did it – rallying from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to win it on Jay Feely's 27-yard field goal with only 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter.
"It was a great exhibition of 60-minute football," Arians told CBSSports.com. "The game is played for 60 minutes, and it doesn't matter really what goes on as long as you can maintain the chase that something good is going to happen. That fourth quarter was some of the best football we've played all year. It was just a matter of doing it. It was there to be done."
It sure was. The Red Birds struggled through the first three quarters but their defense kept them in the contest. Big stars make big plays and that is exactly what Patrick Peterson did in the final quarter, intercepting two passes from rookie QB Mike Glennon.
One of those picks set up Carson Palmer's 13-yard scoring strike to Larry Fitzgerald, a touchdown pass that tied the contest up at 10-10 with 3:06 left in the game. Fitzgerald beat All-Pro Darrelle Revis and was his 80th career NFL touchdown.
Arians had high praise for Peterson, one of the best cornerbacks in the league.
"I'm really surprised they threw toward him (Peterson). And with a rookie quarterback, he's going to make you pay," Arians stated. "I think he's the best in the league. Some will argue that Darrelle is, but it's not even close in my opinion."
That's high praise indeed.
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