This game boiled down to which team committed fewer errors. Sacks, fumbles, interceptions amounted to 2 turnovers apiece; however, Drew Brees had the better outing, keeping the Saints’ playoff hopes alive and all but eliminating the Cardinals.
Warner’s 3 TD passes went to Troy Bienemann, Larry Fitzgerald and Ben Patrick; however it just wasn’t enough to keep pace with Brees’ 80% completion rate.
Ken Whisenhunt didn’t go down without a fight, trying some desperation trick plays, including a 4th-and-7 fake punt from their own 25, which extended the play to allow Neil Rackers a FG to move within 7 points of the Saints with just over 9 minutes left in the game. It wasn’t enough.
The Cardinals host the hapless Falcons next week.