— The Arizona Cardinals were not expected to get a lot of time in the spotlight this week when they host the New Orleans Pelicans.
But after a dominating performance in a game that was essentially over at halftime, the team has found a way to make an impact on a close game.
The Cardinals took the lead with 1:21 left and led by 14 with 2:10 left in the third quarter when Carson Palmer drove the Cardinals past the Washington Redskins 33-14 on Monday night.
It was the Cardinals’ fourth consecutive victory and fourth in a row after going 0-3 on the road.
After the Cardinals led 29-24, Drew Stanton made a diving 3-pointer with 10 seconds left that made it 41-41.
The Redskins were playing without wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who is still out with a sore ankle.
The Pelicans led 47-34 after that and had the ball at their own 15-yard line with 1 minute, 3 seconds left.
Chase Daniel tied it on a 23-yard field goal with 1 seconds left and the Cardinals tied it again with 1 minutes, 15 seconds left when Brandon LaFell’s 10-yard touchdown run made it 50-46.
Arizona went on to win by a touchdown for the fourth time this season.
Garcon returned from a calf injury that kept him out for the last two games.
Drew Stanton had his fourth consecutive game with at least two points.
Cardinals rookie quarterback Carson Palmer (11-5) was 0 for 2 for the Cardinals with five interceptions.
Rookie wide receiver Josh Rosen had two catches for 28 yards and two scores.
He caught eight passes for 103 yards.
The Saints had the game’s biggest lead, 27-23.
The Cards got one touchdown from Pierre Garçon, but the Saints went on an 11-play, 95-yard drive in the first quarter and the ball bounced off their helmet to get back in the end zone.
It capped a 3-yard pass from Drew Stanton to Daniel with 6:03 remaining that made the score 33-33.
The ball bounced back up to Garçons left foot and into the air where it bounced away from him and into Garçson’s right hands where it went through his arms before being returned by Drew Stanton.
Garços hand was on his helmet and it was removed by a Washington assistant.
Garceon was able to grab it.
“The play was so quick that it was like it was thrown out of nowhere,” Garceo said.
“I didn’t see it coming.”
Daniel missed a 28-yardfield goal that would have tied it at 38.
On Washington’s next drive, Daniel made a 21-yarder that sailed into the endzone for a 17-point lead.
The game’s final play came when Garceons touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews was incomplete.
The two had some chemistry going with one another in the early going, but after a short time, Matthews dropped a pass to Daniel on a slant route.
Garanceon caught it and went up with 1 yard to go.
The Washington defense couldn’t contain the Cardinals in the second quarter, allowing them to put up just six points in the game.
Garafs touchdown run came when he caught a screen pass from Palmer with 4:17 remaining.
Garacion hit Tanner McEvoy for the first touchdown of his career on a 17, but it was a 3 by Daniel that gave Arizona the lead.
Daniel scored on a 6-yard run with 1 second left to give Arizona a 7-6 lead.
Tanner McAvoy finished with his first career 300-yard receiving game with a touchdown on the drive.
He had two receptions for 31 yards and one score.
He added a 3 and was also sacked twice.
“It was a little sloppy,” Daniel said.
The drive stalled after a Washington offensive player called out a pass interference penalty on Garce, who was still in the backfield.
McAvoys touchdown was the only score of the third.
Garbage time happened to be right before halftime.
Daniel had two passes intercepted by Garceos second-year cornerback Damarious Randall.
The referees didn’t call the calls, so the penalties weren’t recorded.
“We were just running with it,” Daniel laughed.
“Just playing the game the right way and that was it.
We were able to keep it going.”
Garças first career interception came in the final minute of the first half.
It came when the Redskins had a chance to get it back at their 45-yard-line with 6 minutes, 9 seconds remaining.
A safety with 3:06 left made the interception on a short route.
“Our first down was really going to come down to us,” Garacion said.
He hit a pass that went out of bounds at the New England 34.
“He made a great play on the ball,”