Cardinals rally to edge Chargers

Tue Sep 9, 2014 2:18am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The Arizona Cardinals pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback with two clutch drives to edge the San Diego Chargers 18-17 on Monday.

In the night's other contest, the Detroit Lions opened their new coaching era in emphatic fashion with a 35-14 victory over the New York Giants.

Trailing 17-6 in the final quarter, Carson Palmer led the home Cardinals 64 yards and tossed a five-yard touchdown to Stepfan Taylor.

Arizona were unable to convert their two-point conversion try, but delivered on their next possession when they traveled 91 yards and ended with a 13-yard toss to John Brown that put them one point ahead.

San Diego's final drive ended at their own 40-yard line where Philip Rivers threw an incomplete pass on fourth down.

Palmer ended up with 304 yards passing. Arizona running back Andre Ellington, who was questionable before the game with a foot injury, rushed for 53 yards and had another 27 yards receiving.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who took over from the fired Jim Schwartz, was victorious in his debut thanks to a complete effort from his team in front of their home crowd.

Matthew Stafford threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Calvin Johnson to establish a 14-0 lead that helped set up the victory.

"Number 81 (Calvin Johnson) is 81, and he's going to make plays like that all year and we're happy to have him," Stafford told reporters.   Continued...

 
Sep 8, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Tommy Kelly (95) and teammates celebrate after stopping the San Diego Chargers on 4th down during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports