Glendale, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Jay Feely booted four field goals and Larry Fitzgerald collected 44 yards on three catches for the Arizona Cardinals in a 12-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys at the University of Phoenix Stadium Saturday.
While their offense was sloppy, the Cardinals’ defense held up its end as the Cowboys committed six errors.
The Cardinals intercepted three passes, including two by rookie safety Tony Jefferson. They also forced three fumbles, two of them coming after the Cowboys had made long gains.
At 11:09 in the first quarter, Carson Palmer’s third down pass to Alfonso Smith for a field goal gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo overthrew an open Dwayne Harris deep on third and short, with the punt leaving the Cardinals with the ball on their own 11.
Romo threw long to Dez Bryant at the Arizona 28. But Bryant fumbled as he went down and Jasper Brinkley recovered for the Cardinals at their 24.
Stanton misfired on a couple of passes before Jay Feely knocked a 53-yard field goal through the uprights to give the Cardinals a commanding 6-0 lead wih 6:34 left in the second.
A Kyle Orton pass was picked off by Jeraud Powers at the Cowboys 30, but Feely’s subsequent 30-yard field goal try was wide.
Later, it was Tony Jefferson’s turn to pick off Orton’s pass, and the Cardinals had the ball on their own 43. That led to Feely’s 40-yard field goal as the half ended put the Cardinals up 9-0.
The Cowboys scored on a 5-yard pass from fourth-string quarterback Alex Tanney to Gavin Escobar with 10:55 to play, to pull within 9-7.
Ryan Lindley dumped the ball to Andre Ellington short of the end zone on third and goal, when Feely came in and made a 22-yard field goal to give the Cardinals a 12-7 lead with 5:07 left.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett called his team’s six turnovers “inexcusable” but he praised the defense for its response to adversity.
“To have six turnovers and give up 12 points is pretty darn good,” he said.