Kyle Odegard of azcardinals.com breaks down the wacky punt return that wasn’t in the Cardinals 14-6 win vs. the Detroit Lions on Nov. 16.
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It may not be the play that saved the game, but it definitely made sure the game didn't turn.
The Cardinals, who struggled on offense for most of the afternoon, drove all the way to the Detroit 36 before stalling. Leading 14-6, the decision was made to bring Drew Butler in for the punt, hoping to pin the Lions near their goal line. The strategy looked like it may have worked, as Justin Bethel was able to grab the ball just before it reached the end zone.
Aiming to cut the Cowboys’ deficit to one point, Dan Bailey watched Arizona’s Justin Bethel block a 35-yard field goal attempt and preserve the Cardinals’ 14-10 lead. The ball bounced into the hands of the Arizona’s speedy cornerback Patrick Peterson. Peterson took off and ran 60 yards before being tackled at the Cowboys’ 19-yard line by tight end Jason Witten.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) blocks a field goal attempt from Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) during the first half of play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, November 2, 2014. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)
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If football didn't work out at the next level, Justin Bethel wanted to be a cake maker. Turns out, he's doing perfectly just fine as an NFL playmaker.
"Oh, I can make some real good cheesecakes," the Cardinals' third-year cornerback said. "That was the plan, too. I was going to school for culinary art before all this happened. It just worked out where football put me in the position I needed to be, and I'm here now."
Cornerback Justin Bethel (28) breaks to wide receiver Ted Ginn on a play during the Cardinals' minicamp. (Arizona Cardinals)