NFL Week 6: The Arizona Cardinals and the Field Goal Dilemma

To try a 61-yarder or not try a 61-yarder? numberFire Chief Analyst Keith Goldner takes a look at the Cardinals' last two field goal attempts this past Sunday. Chief Analyst Keith Goldner occasionally takes a look at some of the big NFL decisions of the week and the advanced numbers behind them. Today, he takes a look at Jay Feely's made 61-yard field goal and missed 38-yard field goal, as well as the decision making that sent him out there.

With three minutes left in the game, the Cardinals got the ball on their own 15-yard line, down 16-13 to the Bills. John Skelton, in for the injured Kevin Kolb after the fourth play of the drive, leads the offense to the Buffalo 43-yard line where they stall on three straight incomplete passes. So, it's 4th-and-10 with 1:14 remaining, do you attempt the 61-yard field goal for the tie, or try to convert the 4th-and-long?

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