December 19, 2011 - 1:59 am
At University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
■ RECAP: Overtime was Arizona’s time again, and the Cardinals are .500 for the first time since Week 2.
Patrick Peterson returned a punt 32 yards, and John Skelton threw 32 yards to Larry Fitzgerald to set up a 22-yard field goal by Jay Feely that gave the Cardinals a 20-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns in their third OT win in seven games.
Arizona became the ninth team in NFL history to win three overtime games in a season and just the second to win all three at home.
The Cardinals (7-7), winners of six of their last seven, trailed 17-7 entering the fourth quarter. They have been behind in the second half in all seven of their victories.
The win kept alive Arizona’s long-shot hopes for the NFC playoffs.
Both teams were without their starting quarterbacks because of concussions. Skelton, filling in ably for Kevin Kolb, completed 28 of 36 for 313 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. For the Browns (4-10), Seneca Wallace started in place of Colt McCoy and was 18 of 31 for 226 yards. That included a 76-yard TD to rookie Greg Little, Cleveland’s longest play from scrimmage in four years.
■ QUOTEABLE: “It wasn’t pretty, but … the way our team fights back is really something special. What I told them is their will to win is pretty strong.”
– Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals coach
■ NEXT: Cardinals at Bengals, 10 a.m. Saturday; Browns at Ravens, 10 a.m. Saturday