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Cards Grab Road Win in Cincy 35-27

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner (13) passes under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Justin Smith in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, in Cincinnati. Warner passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals 35-27 win.

Typically when the Cardinals win, it is usually a result of the offensive side of the ball. Not this weekend; cornerback Antrel Rolle’s three interceptions, 2 returned for touchdowns, were the key in Arizona’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals 35-27 at a shell-shocked Paul Brown Stadium.

In the first quarter, both teams scored a TD each; Arizona on Rolle’s first of 3 interceptions, and Cincinnati on a nifty 19-yard pass from quarterback Carson Palmer to wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, knotting the score at 7. Bengals kicker Shayne Graham would kick 2 field goals in the second quarter, sandwiching a Warner-to-Anquan Boldin 44-yard TD pass, making the score 14-13 Arizona. Another Warner TD pass, this one a 5-yarder to WR Larry Fitzgerald, enabled the Cardinals to take a 21-13 halftime lead.

At 12:59 of the 3rd quarter, Arizona RB Edgerrin James would score a TD from 3 yards out, extending the Cards’ lead to 28-13, but Cincinnati would score twice in succesion, once on a Palmer-to-Chris Henry 37-yard TD pass and a blocked punt by the Bengals’ Mike Barr; RB DeDe Dorsey would pick up the ball and return the blocked punt 19 yards for a TD, making the score 28-27. But an untimely interception thrown by Palmer – which was intercepted by Arizona’s Rolle – and returned for a TD, made the score (final score, actually) 35-27 Arizona.

Warner led the Cards’ passing attack with a decent outing, going 16-of-28 for 211 yards and 2 TD’s; James led the rushing attack with 52 yards and a score. The aforementioned Fitzgerald led all Arizona receivers with 8 receptions for 93 yards and a TD, while Boldin added 4 catches for 71 yards and a TD. Palmer led Cincinnati with 37-for-52 passing for 329 yards, with 2 TD’s, but 4 interceptions. RB Kenny Watson led the anemic Bengals rushing attack with 9 rushes for 45 yards and 8 catches for 50 yards.

The Bengals receivers were led by Houshmandzadeh with 8 catches for 87 yards and a TD; Chad Johnson and Chris Henry also had 8 receptions each, with 86 and 81 yards receiving, respectively. Henry added a TD, as well. Arizona (5-5), with the win, remain in the NFC race; they return home to host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday afternoon.

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