Cards face a 3rd and 4 at the San Diego 45

center_img Punt is fair caught at the San Diego eight. 10:42 left in third quarterDefense gets a stop, and a 45-yard punt is returned 24 yards by Patrick Peterson. Offense back on the field, beginning at the 30. 0 Comments   Share   End of first quarterWell this is a bit better. Running game is picking up yards and Palmer has looked alright. Of course, for the second-straight week a big pass play to Fitz was called back due to a holding penalty on Levi Brown, so that’s not good. Also not good tonight: Levi Brown. 4:34 left in fourth quarter 2:44 left in first quarterJavier Arenas takes the kickoff tot he 23, which is where Arizona’s offense will go to work. And while it’s been nice of them to pay homage to Ken Whisenhunt by looking incompetent, no doubt folks in red would like to see something happen here. 13:06 left in first quarterDrive stalls, though, after Palmer is hit for the first time this preseason and a third down pass to Patrick Peterson falls incomplete. Dave Zastudil’s punt is blocked, and now the Chargers have the ball on the Arizona 34. Oops. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact End of gameChargers take a few knees and that’ll do it. Chargers win 24-7, and the Cardinals looked bad at best, inept at worst in the process. Let’s hear what they have to say. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 10:22 left in second quarterMatt Shaughnessy pressures Rivers, whose throw is tipped and picked off by linebacker Jasper Brinkley. Nice job by the D coming up with the turnover, let’s see if it provides the offense with a spark. Cards’ ball on their own 47. 4:20 left in second quarterUgh.Cardinals get into the red zone and then, on third down, watch as a perfectly thrown ball by Palmer is dropped by tight end Rob Housler in the end zone. Because, you know, that’s how things are going tonight.Then, to add insult to insult, Matt Carpenter’s field goal attempt is blocked. How’s your Saturday night treating you? Ryan Lindley, who is not guaranteed a roster spot, is now in the game at quarterback. Ryan Williams is also in, so there’s some level of intrigue. But that’s about it. 9:37 left in second quarterPalmer hits Fitz for a 14-yard gain, and there is no penalty so it actually counts! Alfonso Smith runs for nine on the next play, and the Cardinals are moving the football. 2:19 left in third quarterSan Diego drive stalls, but Novack comes in and boots a 50-yard field goal through the uprights. 24-7 visitors. Incomplete pass leads to a punt, which is fair caught at the 13. 2:00 left in fourth quarterIt’s the two minute warning and the Chargers have the ball at their own 45. At this point the goal seems to be to run out the clock and get out of here. I’m not opposed to the plan. 8:19 left in third quarterPalmer immediately hits Michael Floyd with a nicely-thrown ball in the back of the end zone, and the second-year WR does a great job of getting his feet and toes in bounds for the score. It’s the first Cardinals TD pass in this stadium since Week 6 last year against the Bills, and even though it doesn’t count you can’t help but smile a bit.14-7 Chargers. 6:37 left in fourth quarterWe’re into the fun part of the game now. Chargers have the ball deep in their territory with a QB I’ve never heard of. And many a fan is heading for the exit. 11:51 left in second quarterCards go three-and-out. It wasn’t pretty. Long punt return sets the Chargers up at the Arizona 45. :25 left in second quarterUhhh, where do we start? Cards get Ryan Mathews to fumble the ball at around the one-yard line, it is scooped up by Rashad Johnson who, upon getting up and nearly tackles, tries to lateral to Sam Acho. Because, you know, Acho was ready to run 100 yards to the end zone. Anyway, that ball is coughed up, recovered by San Diego and taken into the end zone.And then Levi Brown whiffs on blocking Dwight Freeney, who levels Carson Palmer to end the first half. 14-0 Chargers, and it feels plenty worse than that.last_img read more