[Cardinals] Dorsey's pinpoint 3rd-down pass in OT wins praise
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 13, 2004 12:00 AM
Ken Dorsey completed 18 passes without interception on Sunday, and receiver Cedrick Wilson caught two of them for touchdowns of 19 and 27 yards in San Francisco's 31-28 overtime win over the Cardinals.
Wilson didn't talk about the touchdowns, but he raved about a 19-yard reception from his quarterback in overtime that pulled the ***** out of a third-and-17 situation on their 44-yard line and kept the winning drive alive.
"Our offensive line and the running back picked up the blitz and gave Ken ample time to find the receivers down the field," Wilson said. "We're talking about a 25-yard route, so you need time to throw that ball. advertisement
"Ken, man, he fired that thing in there. He put it between four defenders. It was an awesome pass. It's the best play we've made in a long time."
Two 24-yard runs by Maurice Hicks, an undrafted free agent who ran for 139 yards despite bruised ribs, set up Todd Peterson's winning 31-yard field goal and the ***** had their second win of the season, both over the Cardinals.
"It was a great job by Cedrick knowing where the sticks were," Dorsey said of the third-down play. "I knew that's where I wanted to go from the pre-snap. I went there and he made a great play. I figured they'd be playing off a little bit and I was fortunate to find a little window."
Actually, the little window was more like a picture window.
Dorsey, who suffered from a stomach ailment and couldn't keep food down on Saturday night, also threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd, the first of his career, and finished with 191 yards. Four passes were intercepted in his three previous starts.
He burned the Cardinals' top three cornerbacks, David Macklin, Duane Starks and Renaldo Hill, on his scoring passes.
"We felt like we had to make plays on the outside and that's what was presented to us," Dorsey said. "The line did a great job blocking all night and my receivers made great plays."
San Francisco coach Dennis Erickson termed the third-down reception "huge" and praised Dorsey for playing mistake-free, especially in overtime.
"Not making mistakes is what I learned in my previous two starts, from Seattle to Chicago," Dorsey said. "I turned the ball over in Seattle early and we didn't have a chance. We were out of the game by halftime. In Chicago I didn't play great, but I didn't turn it over and we had a chance to win in the fourth quarter.
"I felt more comfortable after three starts. I was getting more comfortable with the offense and what the speed of the game is."