Connect with us

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals’ Comeback Falls Short, Ravens Win 31-24

The (1 Arizona Cardinals were home against the (5-2) Baltimore Ravens. These are two teams going in opposite directions coming into this match-up. The Cardinals were losers of four straight games. The Ravens were on a two game winning going into this game including a blow out win over the Detroit Lions.

Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!

First Quarter

The Arizona Cardinals received the opening kick and made a statement on the first drive of the game. They took 12 plays to go 75 yards. This was a well balanced drive that ended with a “brotherly shove”.

Arizona was up 7-0 with 8:06 left in the quarter. The Ravens responded with their own long drive. They took 10 plays to go 75 yards. Their drive was equally impressive to Arizona’s first drive. Baltimore’s drive ended with a very familiar sight. A touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson to Mark Andrews.

The game was tied at 7 with 5:27 left in the quarter. The defenses would fight back after those first two drives.

Second Quarter

The second quarter would start with the Cardinals going for it on fourth and one. Joshua Dobbs’ pass to Marquise Brown fell incomplete. This would give the Ravens great field position but they were unable to take advantage as they only drove the ball for 20 yards and then Justin Tucker missed a 53-yard field goal attempt. Yes, that is correct, Justin Tucker missed a field goal.

Arizona would continue to be aggressive but it did not pay off as they turned the ball over on downs again. This time they tried to run and Emari Demercado was stuffed on fourth and one. The would be followed three straight three and outs and the defenses established their dominance.

On the following drive Joshua Dobbs would throw an interception. He just overthrew Michael Wilson and it was caught by Ravens corner back Brandon Stephens.

The Ravens started the following possession on Arizona’s 43-yard line. They took full advantage of the turnover by going 43 yards in six plays. The drive was ended with a 1-yard touchdown by Gus Edwards.

Baltimore took a 14-7 lead and that would be the score at halftime.

Players of the Half

Lamar Jackson went 12/18 for 116 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals were able to run the ball quite well in the half. Emari Demercado had 14 carries for 60 yards.

Third Quarter

The Ravens got the ball to start the second half and the Cardinals defense continued to play well as they forced Baltimore to punt.

The Cardinals offense stumbled out of the gates to start the second half as well. They had a short drive that led to a punt after a sack on third and eleven.

The Ravens would follow that up with their own unimpressive drive of five plays for 17 yards and a punt. The Cardinals would get the ball with tough starting field position as they started on their own 8-yard line. They were able to push the ball out of the shadow of the end zone but they were forced to punt.

Baltimore got the ball on their own 40 and went three and out. Their punter was able to pin the Cardinals at their own 10. On the first play of the drive Joshua Dobbs threw a horrible interception.

This interception led the a rushing touchdown for Gus Edwards.

The Ravens led 21-7 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

The Cardinals started the fourth quarter with a three and out. The Ravens were in clocking killing mode and on the following drive took four minutes and 49 seconds off of the clock before kicking a field goal. Baltimore was up 24-7 with 9:27 left in the game.

The Cardinals offense finally showed some life for the first time in since the opening drive of the game. They drove 75 yards in nine plays and the drive ended with a pass from Joshua Dobbs to Trey McBride. McBride got into the end zone with some help from his teammates.

The Cardinals would go for two and get it. The Ravens were up 24-15 with 6:32 left in the game. Baltimore answered with a touchdown of their own. They were able to get down to the one yard line after a pass interference call. Gus Edwards ran the ball in for his third touchdown of the game.

Baltimore was up 31-15 with 2:51 left in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals would come right back with a score of their own. The ten play drive would end with a touchdown pass from Dobbs to Brown. The two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. Baltimore led 31-21 with 1:15 left in the game. The Cardinals would attempt an onside kick and recover it.

The Cardinals would take advantage of the recovered onside kick and drive to kick a field goal. Baltimore was up  31-24 with 30 seconds left. Arizona would attempt another onside kick and this one was recovered by the Ravens. So 31-24 Baltimore was the final score.

The Ravens are now 6-2 and the Cardinals fell to 1-7 on the season.

Players of the Game

The Ravens had a very workman like performance in this one. That was evident by Gus Edwards’ performance. Edwards had 19 carries for 80 yards and three touchdowns.

The Ravens defense was great in this game forcing Joshua Dobbs into two interceptions.

Cardinals tight end Trey McBride shined in the losing effort with 10 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Up Next

The Arizona Cardinals are on the road at the (4-3) Cleveland Browns while the Baltimore Ravens will be at home against the (5-2) Seattle Seahawks.

More in Arizona Cardinals