The vaunted Texans defense did allow Cardinals third-string QB Blaine Gabbert to throw three touchdowns but forced three turnovers from the Cardinals offense, including two Gabbert interceptions.
The play was the Cardinals' "bread and butter play", Arizona quarterback Blaine Gabbert said.
Both teams face an uphill battle in order to make it into the postseason this year, and a win in this game for either team could be the catalyst they need in order to go on a run and secure a playoff spot.
With Arizona facing a fourth-and-1 from its own 35 yard line and trailing 24-21 with 6 minutes, 33 seconds left in the game at NRG Stadium on Sunday, Arians ordered a handoff to running back Adrian Peterson.
"It's very simple: I cost our team the game", Arians said at the onset of his postgame press conference.
He made plays, but didn't make plays late. Adrian Peterson ripped off runs of six and seven yards on his first two carries, but ultimately gained only 26 yards on 14 carries.
Gabbert, 28, was drafted in the first-round of the 2011 NFL Draft by then general manager Gene Smith. Savage completed just 50 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions in the game. Arians told reporters that Stanton, who has a sprained knee, will be Gabbert's backup if he can physically play.
"We'll be looking at some different receivers next week", Arians said.
"I don't know how many yards we ran for, but obviously we have to be balanced", Fitzgerald said.