For the second straight week, Drew Stanton got it done.
The Cardinals’ backup quarterback, filling in for the injured Carson Palmer, threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers, helping the team improve to 3-0.
Along the way, however, Stanton was the victim of a brutal hit by Niners linebacker Dan Skuta — a hit that Cards coach Bruce Arians deemed dirty.
Arians called 49ers LB Dan Skuta’s hit on QB Drew Stanton was “cheap shot….no doubt he was sliding. That could have ended his career.”
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 22, 2014
Skuta was penalized for unnecessary roughness for the third-quarter hit. On the ensuing play, San Fran’s Patrick Willis was flagged for roughing the passer. Arizona capitalized, scoring soon after to take a 20-14 lead that wouldn’t be relinquished.
Following the game, Skuta delivered an entirely different take on the matter.
“I tried to stay as low as I possibly could on (Stanton),” Skuta said, via AZCentral.com. “I talked to him after the game and said, ‘Hey man, you know I wouldn’t hit you if you were down.’ He said, ‘I know, that’s why I didn’t say anything. I knew it was a bad call.’ That’s what he said.”
(Photo credit: AZCardinals.com)
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