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Cardinals Drop to 5-6 in a Heartbreaker

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·At 5-6, the Cardinals are a game out of the Wild Card race. The two NFC Wild Card leaders are the Giants (7-4) and Lions (6-5) while Arizona is tied with Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Minnesota and New Orleans—all of whom are 5-6.

·Arizona’s loss to San Francisco dropped the team to 5-6 and the Cards are now two games behind NFC West leading Seattle, who moved to 7-4 with a 24-19 win at St. Louis.

·KURT WARNER: Warner threw for a career-high 484 yards yesterday, marking the second-highest total in franchise history. He ranks behind only Boomer Esiason, who threw for 522 yards at Washington on 11/10/96. There have been only nine games in franchise history that featured a Cardinals QB throwing for 400+ yards.

·Warner’s 484 yards are the highest total of his NFL career, topping the 441 yards he threw for on 9/4/00 vs. Denver. Yesterday’s game marked the 38th time in his career (41st including playoffs) that Warner has thrown for 300+ yards.

·Warner’s 34 completions are tied for the third-most in franchise history, behind only Kent Graham and Neil Lomax (37) and Jake Plummer and Boomer Esiason (35).

·Warner’s 484 yard passing in yesterday’s game rank as the top passing performance (in yardage) in the NFL this season, topping the 446 yards Detroit QB Jon Kitna threw for at Philadelphia on 9/23.

·The Cardinals 552 total yards of offense (456 pass, 96 rush) are the most by a Cardinals offense since the Chicago Cardinals gained 572 yards at the NY Bulldogs on November 13, 1949.

·LARRY FITZGERALD: Fitzgerald’s 156 receiving yards in yesterday’s game gave him the 12th 100-yard receiving game off his career and third this season.

·In yesterday’s game Fitzgerald reached 1,000 receiving yards on the season. It marks the second 1,000-yard receiving season of his career (1,409 in 2005). By hitting the 1,000-yard milestone in his 11th game this season, Fitzgerald is tied as the second fastest Cardinal receiver to reach the mark.

Fastest Cards Receiver To 1,000 Yards

Games Year Receiver Total Yds

10 2001 David Boston 1,598

10 1984 Roy Green 1,555

11 2007 Larry Fitzgerald On pace for 1,542

11 2005 Anquan Boldin 1,402

11 1997 Rob Moore 1,584

·Fitzgerald’s 48-yard touchdown reception on a Hail Mary pass from Kurt Warner just before halftime is the longest touchdown reception of Fitzgerald’s career—the previous mark being a 34-yard pass from Josh McCown vs. Tennessee on 10/23/05.

·With his two touchdowns in yesterday’s game vs. the 49ers, Fitzgerald collected his second multi-touchdown game of the season and fourth of his career. Fitzgerald’s 30 career touchdowns are the most by a Cardinal player since the team moved to Arizona in 1988, topping Larry Centers, who had 29 in his time in Arizona (1990-98).

TDs while in Arizona

TDs Player/Position Years

30 Larry Fitzgerald/Wide Receiver 2004-

29 Larry Centers/Running Back 1990-98

27 Rob Moore/Wide Receiver 1995-99

26 Anquan Boldin/Wide Receiver 2003-

24 Frank Sanders/Wide Receiver 1995-02

·Eight receivers caught multiple passes in yesterday’s game (Fitzgerald 8; Boldin 6; B. Johnson 5; Arrington 5; Morey 4; Pope 2; Patrick 2; James 2), including four receivers with 5+ receptions and four receivers with 75+ yards (Fitzgerald 156; Boldin 76; B. Johnson 80; Morey 79).

·SEAN MOREY: Morey established career highs in receptions (4), yards (79) and longest reception (62) yesterday. Morey’s 62-yard reception in overtime was 47 yards longer than his previous career-high of 15 yards, which he established as a member of the Steelers when they hosted Cleveland on 12/2/06.

·Morey’s 62-yard reception from Warner was the Cardinals longest pass play of the season.

·Yesterday’s point total of 31 give the Cardinals three consecutive games scoring 30+ points for the first time since 1996.

·The Cardinals established 2007 season-highs in first downs (25), total yards (552), passing yards (456) and time of possession (38:32) in yesterday’s game.

·TIM RATTAY: Rattay’s two-yard touchdown pass to Ben Patrick in yesterday’s game made him three-for-three in his last three attempts with each toss resulting in a touchdown to a tight end—Leonard Pope (2) and Ben Patrick (1).

·GERALD HAYES: Hayes entered yesterday’s game leading the team in tackles with 72 and he led the team for the third time this season with 12. Hayes also collected a sack of 49ers QB Trent Dilfer, giving him three on the season. Heading into 2007, Hayes had one career sack, a takedown of 49er QB Alex Smith in the season opener on 9/10/06.

·After converting two-of-two fourth downs in yesterday’s game, the Cardinals are five-of-six on the season and tied for first place in the NFL with a 83.3 conversion percentage.

The Cardinals next home game is this Sunday, December 2 at 2:05 p.m. (MST)


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