The Cardinals couldn’t maintain a fourth-quarter lead Sunday and the Los Angeles Chargers rallied for a 25-24 win.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals practically gained some essential momentum heading into their long-awaited bye week.
Instead, they ended up with a swift punch to the intestine.
The Cardinals (4-8) could not maintain a fourth quarter lead Sunday, and the Los Angeles Chargers rallied for a 25-24 win. Justin Herbert hit Austin Ekeler for a 1-yard landing with 15 seconds left to drag the Chargers inside one level after which transformed a 2-point conversion to win the sport.
“We didn’t finish,” Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray said. “We had every opportunity to win that game. Could have controlled it, ended it on our terms and we didn’t do it. That’s pretty much the frustration.”
The Cardinals took a 24-17 lead early within the fourth quarter on Murray’s 6-yard landing move to James Conner, however from that time, the offense went chilly. Arizona had three offensive possessions from that time ahead — together with one which began with 2:19 remaining within the fourth quarter — however could not even muster a primary down.
That gave the Chargers one too many possibilities to mount a comeback.
Now the Cardinals are left to stew over these missed alternatives for the following two weeks. They do not play once more till they host the New England Patriots for a Monday evening recreation on Dec. 12.
Arizona began this season with respectable postseason aspirations, however accidents and poor play have now made that aim a protracted shot. It stays to be seen how a lot motivation the Cardinals have after they return for the ultimate five-game stretch.
“I still think our best football is in front of us, and that’s what we talked about was we’ve got to find a way to maximize who we are and what we put out there these last five weeks,” Kingsbury mentioned.
“We’ve bought to relaxation, recuperate, and go from there. That kind of recreation, that kind of loss if you play that arduous and have moments the place you look actually good, you’ve bought to build off that in some way and be higher in these last 5 weeks.”
The Cardinals regarded way more snug on offense with three-time All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins, Marquise Brown and Murray all on the sphere on the similar time. It was the primary time this season all three have been wholesome for a similar recreation. All of them had good moments Sunday and their presence made the offense way more unpredictable, even with a banged-up offensive line.
The Cardinals are struggling to give you massive performs after they actually need them. Linebacker Zaven Collins and cornerback Antonio Hamilton simply missed potential game-changing interceptions within the fourth quarter.
Conner had his first 100-yard dashing recreation as a member of the Cardinals, operating for 120 towards the Chargers. He additionally caught three passes for 20 yards, together with a 6-yard landing within the fourth quarter that gave the Cardinals a lead. Conner did have a fumble early, however in any other case was a dependable choice.
Home-field benefit has principally disappeared for the franchise. They’re 4-10 at State Farm Stadium because the starting of last season.
The Cardinals hope to get some gamers again after the bye week, together with a number of starters on the offensive line reminiscent of middle Rodney Hudson and proper guard Will Hernandez. WR Rondale Moore (groin) and CB Byron Murphy Jr. (again) are others who might probably return to play towards the Patriots on Dec. 12.
16 — The Cardinals had three possibilities to take massive chunks of day without work the clock within the fourth quarter, however could not get it finished. They went three-and-out on all three drives, with the 9 performs gaining a complete of 16 yards.
The Cardinals get their much-needed bye week. Kingsbury is giving the staff per week off to recuperate, with the following apply scheduled for subsequent Monday. It stays to be seen if the Cardinals can clear their heads, preserve their motivation and be an element within the playoff race over the ultimate month.
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