The Arizona Cardinals went about replacing veteran long snapper Mike Leach in a different way. They had two candidates for the job room together as they battled for the one roster spot.
Kameron Canaday won the job, but he made a crucial error on the game-winning field goal attempt late in the Cardinals season opener against the New England Patriots. He snapped it low and punter Drew Butler had to pick it up off of the ground.
Not ideal snap placement for the game-winning field goal. pic.twitter.com/ex9Rici4KH
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) September 12, 2016
Kicker Chandler Cantanzaro then missed the kick wide left and the Patriots kneeled out the rest of the clock to win their Sunday Night Football season opener 23-21.
The ageless Larry Fitzgerald was the story of the night. The Cardinals veteran wide receiver caught both of Carson Palmer’s touchdown passes, and 6 other balls, totaling 81 yards on the night. His second touchdown gave the Cardinals the lead and Fitzgerald the 100th touchdown catch of his career.
Arizona looked a lot like the team from last season that won the NFC West. A healthy Tyrann Matheiu made the defense look like the one of the better units in the league again. Also, running back David Johnson picked up right where he left off last season. He had a slow first half, but ended the game 89 yards rushing on 16 attempts and a touchdown. Fitzgeralds touchdown was set up by dazzling 45-yard run from Johnson that was reminiscent of Barry Sanders.