Jay Feely booted a 41-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Arizona Cardinals to a thrilling 37-34 victory over the Tennessee Titans this afternoon at chilly LP Field in Nashville. The Red Birds blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead but hung on for dear life to capture a very important win.
The triumph lifted Arizona's record to 9-5 and kept their hopes alive for a NFC playoff berth. Unfortunately for them, the 49ers and Panthers also won and are now both 10-4.
The Titans fell to 5-9.
It's a win the Cardinals had to have and they almost let it slip away by blowing a huge lead. Tennessee scored 17 points in the final 3:12 of regulation to force overtime. The Titans won the toss and drove to the Cardinals 43 before Antoine Cason intercepted his second pass of the game to help set up Feely's winning kick.
Cason's 20-yard interception return gave Arizona a 34-17 lead in the fourth quarter.
Rashard Mendenhall rushed for two touchdowns and hauled in a six-yard scoring reception from Carson Palmer (20-30, 231, 1 TD) to lead the offensive attack of the Red Birds. Andre Ellington chipped in with 71 rushing yards and 87 receiving yards.
Kendall Wright had 12 receptions for 150 yards while Chris Johnson added a 25-yard scoring catch from Ryan Fitzpatrick, who passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns for the Titans.
The Cardinals travel to Seattle to face the NFC West division-leading Seahawks next Sunday.
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