Cardinals 30, Falcons 24
What a game! I have to say that I didn’t think Arizona would be able to contain Michael Turner, but they held him to a mere 42 rushing yards. So let me be the first to apologize for doubting the defense and the heart of the team. Granted, after wrapping up the division, the Cardinals had a few ugly outings (Minnesota and New England come to mind); however, they shut up the doubters in their performance Saturday.
Kurt Warner had another great game, tossing TDs to Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Tim Hightower also ran one in, as did Antrel Rolle on a 27-yd fumble recovery TD. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Ralph Brown both intercepted Rookie of the Year Matt Ryan. Warner tossed an INT as well, but, as it turns out, it didn’t matter. The Cards also scored a safety on a sack by Antonio Smith, and Chike Okeafor and Bertrand Berry also sacked Ryan.
Hopefully Anquan Boldin is ok, having suffered a hamstring injury. Also, Edgerrin James needs to be reinstated as an integral part of the offense because when he plays (minimum 10 carries), the Cardinals win.
This win is the Cardinals first home playoff win since 1947.
Next week, by virtue of the Eagles defeating Minnesota, Arizona will travel to Carolina instead of the Meadowlands (thank goodness, no snow in Carolina); however, the Cards have, frankly, sucked on the east coast this year so let’s hope they turn that around in a hurry!!
(What a catch!!!)