Final Score: Cardinals 25, Giants 14
Giants Fumble, Arizona Hangs On
The Giants were inside the Arizona 20-yard-line, but running back Rashad Jennings fumbled the ball when he made contact with the ground. Because he was not down by contact, the fumble counted, and Arizona recovered.
New York then had one last chance, but failed on fourth down, and Arizona was able to capitalize on the field position to add one more field goal.
Cardinals Extend Lead
After Arizona recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff from Ginn’s return, the Cardinals hit a 32-yard field goal to extend their lead to 22-14 with nine minutes remaining.
Ted Ginn Jr. Returns Punt to Give Arizona Lead
Arizona punt returner Ted Ginn Jr. returned a punt 71-yards to give Arizona a 19-14 lead. The Cardinals then failed their two-point conversion attempt.
Giants Lead By One Point With 11 Mins Left
After New York took a 14-10 lead – its first of the game – on an Eli Manning 1-yard pass to Daniel Fells, Arizona closed New York’s lead to one point when Chandler Catanzaro hit a 39-yard field goal.
Randle Makes One-Handed TD Catch for Giants
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— Day (@DayvonReimert) September 14, 2014
Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle made a one-handed grab in the middle of the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown to put New York on the scoreboard shortly before halftime. The play capped off a 13-play, 90-yard drive, which was the first time all game that New York has been able to generate some offensive momentum.
Cardinals Dominate Opening Quarter
Arizona completely dominated the opening quarter over the Giants. The Cardinals drove down the field on their opening drive and scored on a Jonathan Dwyer 1 yard rush. After Arizona’s defense picked Eli Manning off, Chandler Catanzaro hit a 49-yard field goal to give Arizona a double digit lead.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is inactive for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, leaving backup Drew Stanton to start in his place.
Palmer has been dealing with a shoulder injury to his throwing arm, and was listed as questionable throughout the week. Head coach Bruce Arians said it was a “nerve thing” and was optimistic that earlier in the week that Palmer would be healthy enough to suit up.
Stanton last saw regular season game action in 2010, when he played for the Detroit Lions, but will look to improve Arizona to 2-0 when they travel to New York in the Giants home opener. Playing in his eighth season in the NFL, Stanton has attempted only 187 career passes. He has thrown for 1,158 yards, five touchdowns and nine interceptions in his career.