It was a tale of two halves for the Cards on Sunday in Baltimore. They went into halftime with a 24-6 lead, only to blow it in the second half and lose 30-27. It was defense and special teams that gave set the Cardinals up for the big lead. In a 3-3 tie with the Ravens backed up into their own 10 yard line, Darnell Dockett recovered a Joe Flacco fumble at the 2 yard line. Beanie Wells followed two plays later with a 1 yard TD run.
Patrick Peterson continued the scoring with an 82 yard punt return, shedding several tacklers on his way to a score. The following Baltimore drive ended on an INT after rookie Torrey Smith tipped up a pass into Richard Marshall’s hands, his second of the season. Kevin Kolb connected with Early Doucet for a ten yard score to seal off another drive on a turnover.
The second half was a different story as Joe Flacco found a connection with former Cardinal star Anquan Boldin. Boldin finished with 7 catches for 145 yards, including 3 pass interference calls close to or in the end zone that led to short touchdown runs. Ray Rice scored each of them and finished with 99 total yards along with his three scores.
Despite the early lead and close result, the Cards were thoroughly outplayed in this contest. The Ravens nearly doubled the Cardinals first downs and total yards. Arizona had a tough time moving the ball on the Ravens stout defense, but managed to score on short fields and the Peterson punt return.
This marks the 6th straight loss for the struggling Cards after an opening week win. Beanie Wells returned to action, but still seemed hampered by injury. He still managed 82 yards in an overall solid effort. Kolb was able to connect with Fitz for an early 66 yard pass that eventually led to a field goal. Both players were kept mostly in check for the rest of the game as Kolb felt constant pressure. This pressure led to 6 sacks, 9 TFL, 8 QB hits, and the lone interception of the game which was caused by Suggs making contact with Kolb’s arm as he was throwing the ball.
The Cardinals are now tied for last place in the NFC West with the Rams who upset the Saints on Sunday for their first win. This will lead to an exciting matchup next Sunday as the two one loss teams face each other.