Cards Win In OT Again, 20-17 Over Browns; Playoff Hopes Live

They have to win their final two games, the Giants have to win their division and the Lions have to lose out, but the Cards could still make the playoffs. Amazing!

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Patrick Peterson Overtime Punt Return Video Replay, Did He Signal Fair Catch?

Patrick Peterson did it again. No, he didn't return a punt for what would be a NFL record fifth time but he did go 32 yards to put the Arizona Cardinals in position to win the game in overtime against the Cleveland Browns. Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, however, thought there might have been some hanky panky on the play.

"We had a guy down in his face and you know were were trying to kick the ball out of bounds or try to pin him down there and the guy in his face thought we saw the fair catch (signal). So, that being the case, you circle behind him. Of course, that was not the case so that got someone immediately out of the way," Shurmur said after the game.

Video replay of the punt return doesn't show it that way. There was no overhead wave by Peterson. There was no Browns player "in his face" and there was no one that circled behind him.

There was Patrick Peterson doing his thing which, as Larry Fitzgerald explains, is making plays in pressure situations.

"The thing you love about Patrick (Peterson) is that he wants the opportunity to make the play. He wants the pressure on his shoulders, and there aren't a lot of guys like that...You have a few guys when it hits the fan, they want the ball in their hands, they want the ball to be thrown to them, they want to be the guy covering the man, they want that pressure. He's one of those guys," Fitzgerald said about Peterson, and he should know one of those guys when he sees one.

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Cardinals Vs. Browns Score Update: Skelton Picked, Arizona Burned

The second half started with the Arizona Cardinals trying to replicate their scoring drive from the end of the first half. Instead, the offense went nowhere and the Cleveland Browns got the ball back. Neither team did much on the next few possessions until Browns QB Seneca Wallace was able to burn the Cardinals on a blitz and bust a big play for a touchdown. The Browns took a 17-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

On third and eight, the Cardinals blitzed off the corner but Seneca Wallace is able to elude the rush and scramble outside and find WR Gret Little matched up against ILB Daryl Washington. Despite Washington's exceptional speed, the WR beat him for a 76-yard touchdown play. The score gave the Browns at 17-7 lead late in the third quarter.

The Cardinals returned the kickoff, with the help of a Cleveland penalty, to the 50-yard line. Instead of converting the great field position into point, John Skelton threw his 10th interception of the season with CB Buster Skrine getting the pick.

The Browns have 272 total yards of offense and lead 17-7 after the third quarter. The Cardinals have 212 yards with the only turnover of the game.

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Cardinals Vs. Browns Score Update: Arizona Sluggish Early, Trails 7-0

The Arizona Cardinals started their Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns like a team who though they were supposed to win but didn't come out to play. They looked sluggish and sloppy in all facets of the game and found themselves down 7-0 after the first quarter.

On their first possession, the Cleveland Browns powered their way down the field against a Cardinals defense that looked like they were expected to cruise easily against the Browns. Cleveland went 76 yards on seven plays with Peyton Hillis going 35 yards and scoring the touchdown from one yard out. 

John Skelton continued his early-game struggles, going 4-8 for just 33 yards on a series of short passes that were perhaps designed to get his confidence going early. Beanie Wells carried the ball four times for ten yards against the 31st-ranked Browns rushing defense.

The Browns have the ball and are driving as the game enters the second quarter.

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Cardinals Vs. Browns Inactive Lists: Kevin Kolb And Colt McCoy Out With Concussions

The Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns will square off in Week 15 without the benefit of their starting quarterbacks. Both Kevin Kolb and Colt McCoy suffered concussions last week and will be held out to give each more time to recover and avoid additional long-term damage. In years past, guys would have played a week after getting their "bell rung", but fortunately today's NFL does a better job protecting its players.

With Kolb missing his fifth game of the season, John Skelton will get the start. The Cardinals are 3-1 in Skelton's starts and 4-1 if you include the 49ers game with Skelton at the helm for all but the first Cardinals offensive series of the game.

For the Browns, Seneca Wallace will start in place of McCoy. Wallace, 31, has appeared in three games for the Browns this season but only attempted two passes (both completed). This will be the first start of the season for the seven-year NFL vet and the 19th of his career.

The Cardinals will have all four of their tight ends active for the first time in many weeks. That means they will only dress four wide receivers for the game with Stephen Williams, DeMarco Sampson and Jaymar Johnson inactive.

Other inactives for the Cardinals include Joey Porter, Sean Considine and D'Anthony Batiste.

Safety Kerry Rhodes makes his first appearance on the active roster since going down with a foot injury in early October. He won't start but could play in certain situations.

For the Cleveland Browns the inactive list includes: Colt McCoy, DB James Dockery, S T.J. Ward, FB Owen Marecic, OL Steve Vallos, DL Kiante Tripp, OL Oniel Cousins.

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Rhodes Appears Ready, Gameday Decision With Kolb

TEMPE -- Kerry Rhodes missed the start of the resurgence of the Arizona Cardinals defense, sitting out eight games due to injury. The safety might not be 100 percent healed, but it seems he's ready to play and contribute.

Meanwhile, there is be a gameday decision to be made on who will be at quarterback for the Cardinals, as Kevin Kolb is trying to come back from concussion symptoms and John Skelton could get the call.

Asked about Kolb's status for Sunday against the Cleveland Browns -- a must-win for the Cardinals with their faint playoff hopes -- coach Ken Whisenhunt wouldn't commit to naming a starter following Friday's practice.

"We'll see," Whisenhunt said. "It's one of those things, we still have to get to Sunday, but he's getting better and better."

And that was that. Whisenhunt made clear that no decision had to be made Friday.

As for Rhodes, the Cardinals plan to limit him to possibly 50 snaps. So said defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Rhodes said he's close to being back to full strength and hopes to be there by next week. 

The issue isn't physical, Horton said, but psychological for Rhodes, who knows Horton's defense well and just needs to be in it to see it and make the proper calls. 

"Kerry understood this from Day One. He was one of the ones who got it," Horton said.

Rhodes is fine with 50 plays. He said the decision to ease him back in was mutual between he and the coaches.In the meantime he was his teammates' best cheerleader, he said. 

He spent his time on the sideline being observant and was happy to get back into practice and actually do what he has seen.

"It's going to be different. Practice is one thing than actually getting in the game and going downhill and playing full speed," Rhodes said. "The reaction to somebody giving me a double move or that stuff, it's going to be fun to see how that happens. I know I'll be up to the task, though. My mind's ready to go and I'm ready to go."

Rhodes said it looks fun watching his teammates fly around, as the Cardinals' D has led the team's rise in overall play. He's envisioned where he can fit in. 

"I'm not worried about mistakes and not knowing what I'm doing," he said. 

Rhodes feels the Cardinals' confidence never wavered though frustration did set in earlier in the season, but that has dissipated as the team has played closer to what players expected. 

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Cardinals Vs. Browns Injury Update: Kolb And McCoy Both Dealing With Concussion Questions

The Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns both face questions regarding the status of their starting quarterbacks as they prepare for their Sunday game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Kevin Kolb was knocked out of the Cardinals last game when he took an inadvertent knee to the back of his head on the first offensive possession. McCoy suffered a concussion in the Browns game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after this helmet-to-helmet hit by James Harrison. Harrison received a one-game suspension for the play. 

Kolb reported feeling "not right" after the hit and was evaluated by the Cardinals medical staff and was subsequently held out of the rest of the game. McCoy, however, was allowed to check back into the game after the Browns trainers cleared him.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur said that had he known McCoy was hurt and had suffered a concussion, he would not have been allowed back in the game. He said it's very difficult to make a judgment on an injury just based on a collision on the field. According to Shurmur, McCoy's concussion symptoms didn't show up until later.

Kolb shed some light on how that can happen when he explained that his symptoms also worsened with time as the adrenaline from the game wore off. 

On Wednesday, McCoy was sent home from the Brown's facility after he was evaluated by the staff. He is considered day-to-day for Sunday's game. If he can't go, veteran backup QB Seneca Wallace would get the start.

Kevin Kolb reported feeling better and said that he did participate in practice but in a limited manner. 

"The symptoms are down. It's just a matter of making sure they're down long enough to where I can get out there and be in full speed, full action. It's a touchy subject and we want to make sure we err on the right side," Kolb said.

Kolb will try and do more on Thursday and "get back out there as soon as possible." He's obviously frustrated at having to come out of the game Sunday and is anxious to play but at the same time he understands the seriousness of a brain injury and vowed to be completely honest with the medical staff about his health.

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Kevin Kolb Concussion Update: Arizona Cardinals QB Playing It Safe

The Arizona Cardinals might be creeping back into the playoff hunt. But will they have their top quarterback leading them back to the January spotlight?

At the moment, it's a bit unclear. Kolb suffered another concussion this week, and even though the symptoms were ok for him, he might not be so keen on returning to action of things go just a little awry. Darren Urban reports from the Arizona Cardinals website.

Quarterback Kevin Kolb, during his weekly radio interview on XTRA 910, said his "symptoms are pretty good" Tuesday, and hopes to be able to be cleared for Sunday against Cleveland.

But Kolb, who said he has had two "major" concussions in his career, clearly is going to be smart after suffering a concussion against the 49ers.

"This is obviously something you don’t mess with," Kolb said. "We need our minds fresh as we go on through life. I’ll will push to be out there but also be honest with how I feel."

If you look at the situation of the Cardinals, it makes sense for Kolb to be extra cautious. Arizona is at 6-7 and are very much longshots to capture one of the two NFC wild-card bids. Kolb needs to be careful about rushing back to action if he's not fully healed, particularly since he has a history of head injuries. John Skelton has proven to be a capable backup and could go into action this week if needed.

Audio of the Kolb interview can be found here, at the XTRA 910 web site.

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