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Originally published Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 5:26 PM

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Feely's TD, 5 field goals lead Arizona past Denver

Jay Feely got a kick and a big run out of facing the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

AP Sports Writer


Jay Feely got a kick and a big run out of facing the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Feely became the fourth kicker in 40 years to run for a touchdown and added a career-best five field goals to help the Arizona Cardinals end a seven-game losing streak with a 43-13 win.

Arizona rookie quarterback John Skelton, in his first NFL start, completed 14 of 36 for 141 yards with no interceptions and had at least four passes dropped.

The Broncos (3-10) committed six turnovers, three of them interceptions by Kyle Orton, in their eighth loss in nine games, an uninspired debut under interim coach Eric Studesville, promoted from running backs coach when Josh McDaniels was fired last Monday.

The Cardinals' Tim Hightower rushed for a career-best 148 yards, including fourth-quarter scoring runs of 8 and 35 yards.

Feely's 5-yard first-half scoring run on a fake field goal ended a nine-quarter touchdown drought for Arizona (4-9).

He kicked field goals of 36, 48, 55, 23 and 49 yards. Feely was wide left on a 49-yarder, just his second miss in 22 attempts this season.

The 55-yarder, with 2 seconds left in the first half, matched the longest of his 10-year NFL career.

According to the Cardinals, the last kicker to run for a score was Tim Seder of Dallas against Oakland on Oct. 7, 2001.

Feely's touchdown came after Orton threw right into the arms of safety Kerry Rhodes, with no Denver receiver in the vicinity. Rhodes, who also recovered a Denver fumble, returned the pick 33 yards to the Broncos 24.

A successful challenge of what was ruled an incompletion resulted in an 11-yard pass to Early Doucet, but the drive stalled at the 5-yard line and Arizona set up for yet another field goal.

Holder Ben Graham flipped the ball to Feely and the kicker barely outran the defenders to the right corner of the end zone.


Denver scored on its opening possession when replacement kicker Steve Hauschka's 32-yard field goal try careened off the right upright and was good. Hauschka also had a 30-yard field goal with 11:20 to play and missed a 40-yarder. Hauschka was signed Saturday, two days after regular kicker Matt Prater injured a groin in practice.

The Broncos' touchdown came on Knowshon Moreno's 1-yard run with 3:31 to play. Orton was 18 of 37 for 160 yards.

Arizona rookie Daryl Washington intercepted Orton late in the game and ran 39 yards, foolishly holding the ball high in one hand as he approached the goal line. Denver's Lance Ball stripped it from behind and Arizona's Darnell Dockett recovered in the end zone for the final score.

Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox, arrested on Thursday for investigation into an alleged sexual assault, did not start but entered the game in the first quarter. Cox could face punishment by the NFL. He is free on $50,000 bail.

Skelton, a 6-foot-6 fifth-round draft pick out of Fordham was steady if not spectacular. He even ran 9 yards for a first down early in the third quarter, putting his shoulder into the tackler. He was the first Fordham quarterback to take an NFL snap since Ed Danowski for the New York Giants in 1941.

Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 72 yards to break the franchise career reception record he shared with Anquan Boldin. Fitzgerald has 592 catches in seven seasons.

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