TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For nearly 57 minutes, the Arizona Cardinals played poorly.
The offense sputtered and the injury-weakened defense committed costly penalties and failed to rattle Mike Glennon until persistence paid off against Tampa Bay's rookie quarterback.
Patrick Peterson had two interceptions in the closing minutes for the Cardinals (2-2), one setting up Carson Palmer's 13-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald and the other sealing a 13-10 victory over the winless Buccaneers (0-4) on Sunday.
"It was a great exhibition of 60-minute football," first-year coach Bruce Arians said after the comeback from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit ended what would have been a tough extended road trip on a positive note.
"The game is played for 60 minutes, and it doesn't matter really what goes on as long as you can maintain the chase that something good is going to happen," Arians added.
"That fourth quarter was some of the best football we've played all year. It was just a matter of doing it. It was there to be done."
The Cardinals pressured Glennon all game until the third-round draft pick out of North Carolina State made a costly mistake.
Peterson's first interception set up Arizona's first TD in six quarters. The other ended any chance of Glennon bringing the Bucs back after Jay Feely's 27-yard field goal snapped a 10-10 tie with 1:29 remaining.
Starting in place of the benched Josh Freeman, Glennon was steady — if not spectacular — for most of the day to give Tampa Bay the type of performance it had been wanting from a quarterback.
Freeman was declared inactive for the game and was not in uniform, instead watching the game from a suite at Raymond James Stadium.
Coach Greg Schiano said it was a "mutual" decision. Freeman declined to comment as he left Raymond James Stadium.
"With all the happenings of the week, it was the best thing for our team," Schiano said. "There's stuff that I'm not going to get into, but that was the best thing for our football team."
Glennon's day shifted suddenly when Peterson stepped in front of a pass intended for Vincent Jackson and returned the pick 11 yards to the Bucs 13.
Fitzgerald beat cornerback Darrelle Revis on the next play for his 80th career TD reception with 3:06 left.
Arians couldn't say enough about Peterson, a third-year cornerback with a knack for game-changing plays.
"I'm really surprised they threw toward him. And with a rookie quarterback, he's going to make you pay," the coach said. "I think he's the best in the league. Some will argue that Darrelle is, but it's not even close in my opinion."