A 64-second play turned the sport on its head because the Arizona Cardinals beat the New Orleans Saints 42-34 in an exciting Thursday Night time Football conflict.
Deep within the second quarter, Saints stand-in quarterback Andy Dalton threw two pick-sixes in back-to-back drives that gave the Cardinals a 28-14 lead at half-time.
Following final Thursday’s dismal 12-7 win for the Commanders over the Bears – and with two of the bottom scoring groups within the league going head-to-head this week, followers may have been forgiven for giving this one a miss.
As an alternative, it was a feast of attacking soccer and aggressive protection, resulting in one of many highest-scoring video games this season.
The Saints took the lead after two minutes when Dalton threw a 53-yard cross to search out Rashid Shaheed. Following a pair Cardinals subject objectives, Dalton threw his second landing within the second quarter, this time solely three yards to Tayson Hill who powered over the road.
The Cardinals got here again into it with a Keontay Ingram run-in and a two-point conversion with 2:28 on the clock. Then, the sport fell aside for the Saints within the subsequent couple minutes.
Dalton, with one of the crucial inconsistent performances in latest reminiscence, threw a cross to receiver Marquez Callaway who bobbled the catch, letting Marco Wilson to intercept and run it in for six.
Only a minute later Dalton, beneath strain, threw a unfastened cross. Isaiah Simmons pulled off a surprising one-handed catch earlier than returning for 56 yards to drag the Cardinals forward by 14 at half-time.
The 2 groups traded touchdowns within the second half, however after the Saints scored a subject objective to scale back the deficit to eight, they failed with a last-minute onside kick and the Cardinals noticed out the sport.
For the Saints — and particularly for Dalton — it was an evening the place they had been punished for his or her inconsistency. Dalton, who’s taking part in within the place of the injured Jameis Winston, threw 4 touchdowns and 361 yards, but additionally threw three interceptions, of which two had been returned.
The victory retains hopes of a playoff spot alive for the Cardinals, who now sit 3-4 forward of their journey to Minnesota to face the Vikings on Octoer 30.
For the 1-4 Saints, who will host the Raiders on October 30, any hopes of a playoff spot appear all however completed.