The teams meet again in the season opener on Sept. 8, in the second half of a Monday Night Football doubleheader, so there was no need to tip off anything. This was about deciding final roster spots and giving the first-teamers a breather going into the games that count.
Trips inside the 20-yard line were rare, leaving the field goal kickers to fight it out.
Rosters have to be cut down by Saturday.
"The thing is trying to be consistent as a football team week in and week out. That is what we're trying to do, build that winning culture week in and week out and compete every Sunday. That is what the game is all about. Give yourself the opportunity to win sometime in the fourth quarter."
"I was pleased with a couple and very disturbed with some others," he said. "They made the choices easy."
That gave Arizona the ball at the San Diego 20 and Catanzaro kicked a 38-yarder to pull within three.
San Diego's Torrence Allen fumbled the second half kickoff and Arizona's Jalen Parmale recovered. Arizona got to the San Diego 12, but had to settle for Catanzaro's tying 35-yard field goal.
"The one thing that was disturbing was obviously what happened at the beginning of the second half, which determined the outcome of the game. We came out and make a great play on the kickoff, get the fumble and don't knock it in."
"Unfortunately, we kicked way too many field goals," McCoy said. "But, hey, we knew if we had a long one, we were going to give him an opportunity to do it. I wanted him to get a long one."
"Just very, very average. You can't take a sack at the 1-yard line," Arians said, referring to when Thomas was dropped at the Arizona 3 early in the game. "Either throw it away or get it to the check-down. It was a good learning experience for him."
Clemens, San Diego's backup quarterback, was 14 of 25 for 158 yards.
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