Cardinals get tricky with 77-yard TD to A.J. Green
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Josh WeinfussESPN Staff Writer
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Arizona Cardinals went deep into the playbook on the second play from scrimmage on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
On second-and-7 on their first drive from their own 23-yard line, David Blough — Arizona’s fourth starting quarterback of the season — took the snap in the shotgun and tossed to wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, who was lined up behind Blough and broke to the right. Cooper ran a few steps and then turned and threw back to Blough.
Blough stepped up around the 12-yard-line and launched a deep ball as he got hit.
A.J. Green went up and took the ball away from 49ers defensive back Deommodore Lenoir in a contested play at around the 38-yard line and then Green rumbled his way into the end zone to complete the 77-yard score.
Cardinals kicker Matt Prater missed the extra point and Arizona had a 6-0 lead.
It was Green’s second touchdown of the season — in what may end up being his last NFL game — and his longest since another 77-yard score in 2017.
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