It had to be the screwiest overtime the NFL has ever seen.
A game-winning field goal, set up by a turnover, was negated by a holding call. The kicker's second try failed. The other kicker hit the upright, but was given a second chance because of an offsides call. The next attempt sailed through, preventing the league's first tie in seven years.For a more emotional rendition of the wacky extra period of the Arizona Cardinals' 37-34 victory Sunday, here's Washington Redskins tight end Jamie Asher:
"Twice I was on the sidelines shaking my head, then all of a sudden they miss a kick and you feel like a new man," Asher said. "You hit one field goal and the game is won and you turn around and there is a hanky on the field. You go back 10 yards and that's a long kick. He pulls it a little bit and you go back on the sideline shaking your head again, and all of a sudden they miss another kick and you think, `Gosh, we got another opportunity.'
"But we came up one opportunity short today."
For a while, a head-shaking tie seemed the only appropriate result of a game full of penalties, turnovers and other blunders - in addition to the third most profilic passing day in league history by Boomer Esiason - but Kevin Butler capped his Cardinals debut with a 32-yard field goal with 33 seconds to spare to give the Arizona the win.
It was Butler's third attempt of the period. The first one, also 32 yards, hooked wide left. Then, after a fumble in Cardinals' territory, Redskins kicker Scott Blanton appeared to win the game with a 38-yard kick. But Scott Galbraith was called for holding on the play and Blanton missed wide left when he tried again from 48 yards out with 3:35 to go.
Then the Cardinals came back to give Butler another shot, but he hit the left upright with a 37-yard attempt. However, Washington's Darryl Morrison was offsides, Butler took his reprieve and made the next one count.
Esiason, making his first start since being benched in favor of Kent Graham seven weeks ago, had four interceptions and often overthrew his receivers, but he rallied his team from a 27-13 deficit in the fourth quarter and finished 35-for-59 for 522 yards. He was 10-for-11 for 195 yards on third downs in the fourth quarter and overtime.