Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Live Scores, Highlights and Analysis

Shaun ChurchContributor ISeptember 29, 2013

Final Score

Cardinals 13, Buccaneers 10

It took a furious late push, but the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a low-scoring affair behind two fourth-quarter interceptions from Patrick Peterson.

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was inconsistent, completing 21-of-38 passing for 248 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for a 62.2 passer rating. Wideout Larry Fitzgerald was the hero, catching six passes for 68 yards. None was bigger than his last reception, a 13-yard scoring strike from Palmer that tied the game at 10 with 3:12 to go.

Tampa Bay's vaunted rushing attack was stifled all game, and Doug Martin, who came in as the NFL's second-leading rusher, carried 27 times for only 45 yards (1.7 YPC).

Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon played a solid first half, leading the Bucs to a 10-0 halftime lead. He led a touchdown drive in the first quarter, throwing to wideout Mike Williams (4 rec, 38 yards, 1 TD) for the score. But Glennon struggled in the second half as Arizona's defense tightened its coverage.

Peterson picked Glennon for the first time with under four minutes to go in regulation and a touchdown lead, and on the very next play, Palmer hit Fitzgerald to knot it up.

Arizona's defense immediately forced a 3-and-out of Glennon and the Bucs, and after starting on the plus side of the field, Palmer led the game-winning drive, capped off by a Jay Feely 27-yard field goal with 90 seconds remaining.

After Peterson's second second pick of Glennon, Palmer took two knees to wrap up the victory.