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No second-half magic in Arizona

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Intro: Another sluggish opening half by the Colts was too much to overcome in Arizona on Sunday. Chunk plays by the Arizona offense and the inability to sustain drives for the Colts offense added up to a 40-11 loss for the Indianapolis.



INDIANAPOLIS— This time there was no second-half comeback as the mistakes in the first-half were too frequent and too big to overcome.

 

With a 278-yard, 27-point first half, the Arizona Cardinals (7-4) rolled to a 40-11 victory over the Colts (7-4) on Sunday afternoon.

 

From the game’s first drive, the Colts were once again in the midst of a slow first-half start.

 

Arizona marched right down the field to start the game and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught a four-yard touchdown on a drive that did not include one third-down.

 

It looked as if the Cardinals would score on their next drive but Colts special teams ace Sergio Brown blocked a Jay Feely field goal attempt.

 

The Colts would score three points off the blocked kick as they pushed deep into Cardinals territory before Adam Vinatieri connected on a 27-yard field goal.

 

With a 7-3 lead, the Cardinals would dominate the second quarter in putting together a 24-point halftime lead.

 

Fitzgerald would add another touchdown in the second quarter.

 

A pair of field goals by Arizona kicker Jay Feely were sandwiched around a Karlos Dansby interception return for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a 27-3 lead at halftime.

 

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer finished the day 26-of-37 for 314 yards and two touchdowns as Arizona won its fourth straight game.

 

The lone touchdown drive for the Colts came on a Coby Fleener 17-yard reception with 10:26 left in the fourth quarter.

 

NFL sack leader Robert Mathis added to his total (14.5) with a second quarter strip/fumble of Palmer. The sack for Mathis brings him 1.5 short of the Colts single season and franchise record (107.5) for sacks.

 

Defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois added two sacks for the Colts.

 

With the loss, the Colts now hold a two-game lead in the AFC South with five weeks remaining in the regular season.

 

The Colts will now turn their attention to the final month of December with a massive divisional game Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Tennessee Titans at 1:00 p.m. EST.

 

 

SCORING RECAP

           

FIRST QUARTER (10:02 remaining)

Taking the opening kickoff, Arizona marched right down the field without encountering a single third-down. The drive ended with Larry Fitzgerald catching a four-yard fade pass from quarterback Carson Palmer. The 10-play 80-yard drive included two catches for 32 yards from tight end Rob Housler. Cardinals kicker Jay Feely made the extra point.  Cardinals 7, Colts 0

 

FIRST QUARTER (1:15 remaining)

Thanks to a blocked field goal by Sergio Brown, the Colts got on the board late in the first quarter. Completions to Coby Fleener, T.Y. Hilton and Justice Cunningham, along with a pass interference drawn by Hilton, pushed the Colts deep into Cardinals territory before settling for a 27-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.  Cardinals 7, Colts 3

           

SECOND QUARTER (13:29 remaining)

The Cardinals offense continues to move the ball at will with Larry Fitzgerald catching his second touchdown of the day, this one from 26 yards out. The score was set up by Michael Floyd’s 29-yard reception earlier on the drive. Feely added the extra point.  Cardinals 14, Colts 3

 

SECOND QUARTER (8:15 remaining)

In keeping with a first half theme lately for Colts opponents, the Cardinals once again moved the ball into Indianapolis territory before settling for a 48-yard field goal by Feely. The drive was halted when Robert Mathis forced a strip/sack of Palmer. The sack now gives Mathis an NFL best 14.5 on the year.  Cardinals 17, Colts 3

 

SECOND QUARTER (7:58 remaining)

Under immense pressure, Andrew Luck forced a ball into coverage and Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby picked off the Colts quarterback and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. Feely converted the extra point. Cardinals 24, Colts 3

 

SECOND QUARTER (0:00 remaining)

The Cardinals added to their multi-possession lead with a 50-yard field goal from Feely to end the first half. For the opening half, the 6-4 Cardinals outgained the Colts 274 to 58.  Cardinals 27, Colts 3

 

THIRD QUARTER (5:57 remaining)

The Cardinals began the third quarter just how they ended the first half. An 11-play drive ended with Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall scoring from five yards out. Arizona had three third-and-long conversions on the drive. Feely made the extra point.  Cardinals 34, Colts 3

 

FOURH QUARTER (10:26 remaining)

After three quarters without a touchdown, the Colts found the end zone when Andrew Luck hit Coby Fleener for a 17-yard touchdown. The touchdown drive was sparked by a 28-yard scramble by Luck on a third-and-10. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey caught the two-point conversion from Luck.  Cardinals 34, Colts 11

 

FOURH QUARTER (7:20 remaining)

A failed onside kick allowed for a short field for the Cardinals offense. The Colts looked prime to get the Cardinals off the field but wide receiver Andre Roberts caught a 32-yard pass on a third-and-nine. The drive ended with Feely connecting on a 21-yard field goal.  Cardinals 37, Colts 11

FOURH QUARTER (2:18 remaining)

The scoring for the Cardinals commenced with Feely kicking a 25-yard field goal as Arizona continued to bleed the clock. Arizona’s final scoring drive came when the Colts were stopped on fourth-and-one attempt. Feely made four field goals on the afternoon.  Cardinals 40, Colts 11


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