GLENDALE, Ariz.—Chris Johnson rolled to victory.
His Arizona Cardinals had to hold on to win.
Johnson rushed for 122 yards, including 62 on a play where he rolled over the belly of a big defender and kept on running to set up a field goal, as the Cardinals held on to beat the luckless Baltimore Ravens 26-18 last night.
Baltimore (1-6) drove to the four-yard line in the final seconds before Tony Jefferson’s interception deep in the end zone clinched the victory for NFC West-leading Arizona (5-2).
“A lot of things happened during the game,” noted Cardinals’ coach Bruce Arians.
“Good, bad, and one ugly one, but we finished and made a great play at the end,” he reasoned.
Arizona led 26-10 before Asa Jackson blocked a punt to set up Joe Flacco’s one-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Juszczyk.
The two-point conversion pass to Nick Boyle made it an eight-point game with 4:26 to play.
Baltimore got the ball back and Flacco quickly moved the team downfield before the final ill-fated throw.
“The punt block and all of a sudden you let them in,” said Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer said.
“But that’s what you want on ‘Monday Night Football.’ We made it a game at the end.”
Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens had trouble with the communications system throughout the game, particularly in the final drive.
“The phones were going out so he couldn’t hear [offensive co-ordinator] Marc [Trestman],” Harbaugh noted.
Baltimore moved the ball just fine despite those issues, just not enough.
The eight-point loss was the most one-sided of the season for the Ravens.
“Any time you lose, it hits you in the gut,” said Baltimore’s Justin Forsett.
“But we’ve been fighting. We just have to keep fighting.”