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first_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation I defy you to listen to any football coach following agame at any level, in victory or defeat, not mention thethree phases of a football game.Offense, defense and special teams.If you fail in one of those three phases, your chances ofwinning are reduced considerably. However, if you excelin any one of the three, that can be the difference in theballgame.Special teams was the phase responsible for the Cardinals’19-13 overtime victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.And I’m not just talking about the two marquee plays thatmade everyone’s highlight show–Calais Campbell’s fieldgoal block that forced overtime and Patrick Peterson’s 99-yard punt return for a touchdown.center_img The special teams units were solid all around. Jay Feely booted field goals from 27 and 38 yards, and dida nice job on kickoffs as well, putting two of four intothe end zone for touchbacks.The kick coverage team held the Rams to just 19.6 yardsper return on 5 attempts, and that included returns of twofree kicks after safeties.Dave Zastudil had his best punting day of the year,pinning the Rams inside their own 20-yard line three timesin his 6 punts. His net average was also 42.0 perattempt, a season-high.Campbell, one of the special teams heroes, made sure heknew where to give the credit for the unit’s effort.“For the special teams to do what we did, you have to takeyour hat off to Coach (Kevin) Spencer,” he said. “He doesa good job of preparing us every week. When we’re well-coached like that it makes a big difference.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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