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CARDS WIN! 3 big takeaways from last-second victory over Jaguars

CARDS WIN! 3 big takeaways from last-second victory over Jaguars
Posted at 5:54 PM, Nov 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-26 20:12:36-05

The Arizona Cardinals took on the NFL's top-ranked defense and came out victorious in dramatic fashion at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Thanks to a 57-yard field goal in the final seconds, the Cardinals prevailed over the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-24 to snap a two-game losing streak and end the Jaguars' four-game winning streak.

Here are three big takeaways from the Cards' win, which moved them to 5-6 on the season.

1. ASU alum sets up game-winner

42-year-old Phil Dawson hit the longest field goal of his 19-year NFL career to win the game for the Cards, but it was an incredible play from a Sun Devil alum who gave Dawson the opportunity. 

One play earlier, former Arizona State and Saguaro High School running back and wide receiver D.J. Foster made an incredible grab along the sideline to give set up Dawson's kick. For the game, Foster -- who was claimed from the Patriots' practice squad in September -- had three catches for 18 yards. Not a bad weekend for ASU football -- aside from, you know, their whole coach getting fired thing.

2. Cards defense balls out

They had a couple of breakdowns in the second half, but the Cardinals defense outplayed the much-hyped Jaguars D on Sunday. For the game, the Cards held the Jags to 219 total yards, bottled up star rookie running back Leonard Fournette (25 yards on 12 carries) and forced two turnovers, including a crucial interception by Tyrann Mathieu in the fourth quarter. 

3. Gabbert does just enough

Third-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert has looked pretty sharp for most of his first two starts as a Cardinal. He threw a career-high three touchdowns in a loss to the Texans this week and followed that up with a pair of touchdown throws against the NFL's No. 1 pass defense on Sunday, including this bomb to Jaron Brown to give the Cardinals the lead.

Gabbert made a couple mistakes Sunday, including a lost fumble that was returned for a touchdown by former Cardinals star D-lineman Calais Campbell, but he made plays when they mattered. He'll have another tough test next week when they face the Los Angeles Rams in Glendale.