Arians: Cardinals' Blaine Gabbert will continue to start at QB

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TEMPE, Ariz. - One day after Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians shouldered the blame for a busted fourth-and-1 call that contributed to the Cardinals' 31-21 loss to the Houston Texans, he reversed course.

This loss pretty much dismisses any chance of the Cardinals making the playoffs, as they have tough games coming up against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, and the Seattle Seahawks before the end of the season.

The play was the Cardinals' "bread and butter play", Arizona quarterback Blaine Gabbert said. In his start last week against the Houston Texans, Gabbert was 22-of-34 for three touchdowns and two fourth quarter interceptions.

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After he was released by the Arizona Cardinals and replaced by the newly-acquired Adrian Peterson, running back Chris Johnson called out "clueless" fans on Twitter.

Gabbert, 28, was drafted in the first-round of the 2011 NFL Draft by then general manager Gene Smith.

Arians said he trusted Peterson to get the first down and "felt really good about" calling a run play in that situation, instead of a quarterback sneak or punting. The 27-year-old has played in eight games this season, catching 19 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns in what has been a disappointing year for him overall.

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"It's very simple: I cost our team the game", Arians said after Sunday's game. The resulting long third-down led to a rough 3-for-10 in that category. Hopkins has four receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown. Arians told reporters that Stanton, who has a sprained knee, will be Gabbert's backup if he can physically play.

Lamar Miller and Tom Savage connected for a touchdown in the second quarter of their game against the Cardinals. What I saw is exactly what I thought I'd see and I just think it will get better the more he throws to Larry [Fitzgerald] and those starting guys.

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