GLENDALE, Ariz. – Mat McBriar couldn’t have had a much more impressive punting performance.
McBriar made Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals’ record-setting rookie return man, a nonfactor and consistently pinned Arizona deep in its own territory.
Peterson, who is the only player in NFL history with four 80-plus-yard punt returns in one season, had a grand total of one return yard against the Cowboys. Arizona’s drives after McBriar’s punts started at the Cardinals 20, 11, 10, 5 and 3.
McBriar only averaged 38.2 yards per punt, but he performed about as well as possible. His highlight was a 50-yard punt that went out of bounds at the 3-yard line.
McBriar has struggled some recently while dealing with a case of drop foot in his left, plant foot. This performance was proof that he’s back to being a significant weapon for the Cowboys.
“I feel pretty good,” McBriar said. “I don’t have any real concerns. I feel like I’m punting better and better in practice and getting back to it. The pain that I was experiencing initially, that’s gone.”