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Our Dream of Seeing John Skelton Start a Playoff Game Is Still Alive

John Skelton.

Kevin Kolb missed yesterday’s Cardinals-Browns game with a concussion, which meant that John Skelton — The Sports Section’s official favorite athlete for reasons explained here — got yet another start for Arizona. And once again, the Cardinals pulled out a victory. They’re now 5-1 in games in which Skelton has appeared — he started five of those games, and entered the other in the first quarter — and the 20-17 victory over Cleveland puts them back at .500 for the first time since Week 2. Arizona put up ten points in the fourth quarter to force overtime yesterday, then, after a Cleveland punt, Skelton hit Larry Fitzgerald on a third-down pass for a 32-yard gain, setting up Jay Feely’s game-winning field goal. Skelton’s numbers on the day: 313 yards on 28-for-46 passing, one touchdown, and one interception. There’s no guarantee that Skelton would start a playoff game should the Cardinals sneak in — Kolb is still the starter long-term, assuming he’s healthy — but with two games left, Arizona does still have a chance at a postseason berth. They’ll need some help, sure, but they’re alive, nonetheless.

John Skelton Could Still Start a Playoff Game