Arizona Cardinals Squeak By Oakland Raiders 24-23

September 26th, 2010-  By Alex Groberman

In a strange twist of fate the Arizona Cardinals ended up squeaking away with a 24-23 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Oakland kicker, Sebastian Janikowski’s 32-yard field miss ended up being the key in allowing Arizona to slip by with a victory in their first home game of the season. The kick came after a 39-yard pass interference call against cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie which allowed the Raiders to advance down the field.

Janikowski ended up missing two other field goals on the day, one totaling for 41 yard and the other for 58.

The game started off well for the Cardinals after LaRod Stephens-Howling returned the opening kickoff for 102 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback, Derek Anderson also had a great day totaling up two touchdown passes, including an eight yard throw to receiver, Larry Fitzgerald with a minute remaining in the third that ultimately would be the winning
touchdown.

The Raiders committed 11 penalties on the day for a total of 123 yards. The Cardinals weren’t far behind with seven penalties for 104 yards.

The Raiders’ starting quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski had a 17-34 day en route to a 255 yard, one touchdown and one interception performance. He tried to lead the team to victory courtesy of a 12-yard pass Darrius Heyward-Bey on a fourth-and-10 on the team’s final drive. However, a penalty ended up forcing the team to settle for Janikowski’s 23-yard field goal that ended up cutting the Cardinals’ lead to 24-23.

Raiders running back, Darren McFadden gained 105 yards on 25 attempts, which makes for 345 yards total rushing for his first three games of the season.

The Cardinals were favorite for this game, and despite their victory, did not cover. They were set as a 5.5-point favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Lines

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