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Notes from the Cardinals Game vs Atlanta

Yesterday marked Arizona’s first overtime victory since a 16-13 win vs. San Francisco on 10/26/03.

The Cardinals seventh win yesterday is the most since the team finished with seven wins in 2001. A win Sunday vs. St. Louis would give Arizona an 8-8 regular season record and the franchise a .500 or better record for the third time in 20 seasons in the desert (9-7 in 1998; 8-8 in 1994).

The Cardinals 30 points in yesterday’s game give them 20+ points in seven consecutive games, the longest streak since 1983-84 when the team scored 20+ points in 11 consecutive games. The Cardinals scored 34 and 31 points in the final two games of the 1983 season and then scored over 20 points in the first nine games of the 1984 season.

Arizona has now scored 30+ points in five games this season, the highest number of 30+ point games since 1984 when the team scored 30+ points on seven occasions.

KEN WHISENHUNT: Whisenhunt’s seventh victory of the year gives him the most wins by a first-year Cardinals head coach since Vince Tobin had seven in 1996.

The Cardinals did not commit a turnover in yesterday’s 30-27 win vs. Atlanta, the second time this year they have not turned the ball over (11/18 @ Cincinnati). The Cardinals are now 5-0 when they win the turnover battle and 0-6 when they lose the turnover battle. In the five games the Cards have had a positive turnover margin, they have scored 73 more points off turnovers then their opponents. In the six games they have a negative turnover margin opponents have scored 55 more points than Arizona.

In 2007, the Cardinals are:
7-1 when leading or tied going into 4th quarter
6-2 when leading at halftime
5-0 when winning turnover battle
7-4 when scoring more than 20 points

Arizona has now scored 43 touchdowns in 2007, the most by the team since 1988, the team’s first season in Arizona, when they scored 44. Among those 43 TDs, the Cardinals have 29 receiving, the most receiving TDs in a season since 1983, when the team also had 29, and the second most in franchise history (30, 1963).

The Cardinals had four penalties in yesterday’s game, the lowest total of the year. The last time the Cardinals had less than four penalties in a game was on 11/14/04 vs. NY Giants when they had three.

ANQUAN BOLDIN: With his fourth catch of the day in yesterday’s game, Boldin reached 400 career receptions faster than any player in NFL history. Boldin hauled in his 400th reception in his 67th career game, five games fewer than Kellen Winslow Sr., who accomplished the feat in 72 games.

With 162 yards yesterday, Boldin had his second 100-yard receiving game of the season. Yesterday’s game marked the 21st 100-yard game of his career, placing him in second place on the franchise’s career list. He needs one more 100-yard game to tie Jackie Smith, who had 22.

Boldin’s 162 yards receiving in yesterday’s game match the third highest yardage total of his career. Boldin went for 162 yards on 10 catches vs. Carolina on 10/9/05. Both his second and third highest yardage totals have come this season.

Boldin’s reception total in yesterday’s game (13) was the second highest total of his career, trailing only the 14 receptions he collected in Baltimore earlier this season (9/23).

For Boldin, yesterday’s game marked the third time this season that he has collected multiple touchdowns in a game. Coming into 2007, Boldin had only two multi-TD games in his career, both coming in 2003.

KURT WARNER: With his three passing touchdowns in yesterday’s game, Warner has now thrown for 24 TDs in 2007, tied for the second highest total in franchise history. Warner’s 24 touchdown passes in 2007 mark his highest output since his MVP season of 2001with the Rams when he threw for 36 TDs.

Warner now has multiple touchdown passes in seven consecutive games in 2007, the first time he has accomplished that feat in his NFL career.

Warner’s 36 completions in yesterday’s game ranks are the second highest total in franchise history. Kent Graham (37 vs. StL, 9/29/96) and Neil Lomax (37 @ Was, 12/16/84) both completed 37 passes in a game. Warner’s 53 pass attempts are tied for the seventh highest total in franchise history.

Warner’s 105.9 passer rating in yesterday’s game was his fifth start of 2007 where he finished with a passer rating over 100. It was Warner’s 34th career start where he finished with a passer rating over 100+.

Warner now has multiple TDs in eight of the 10 games he has started in 2007.

Yesterday vs. Atlanta, in his 10th start of the season, Warner reached 3,000 passing yards on the season, something only 13 other QBs have done in Cardinals history. After throwing for 361 yards in yesterday’s game, Warner now has 3,109 passing yards on the season. Warner’s passing total marks the 11th best in franchise history.

With his 361 yards passing in yesterday’s game, Warner now has 40 career games with 300+ yards passing in his career (43 counting playoffs). It marked Warner’s 10th 300-yard game with the Cardinals and third this season.

Warner’s 361 passing yards along with Boldin’s 162 receiving yards and 13 receptions were all NFL highs during Week 16 action.

ROD HOOD: Hood collected his fifth interception in yesterday’s game. The five INT’s are a career-high for Hood who came into the 2007 with five total career interceptions over his first four years in the league. Hood’s five interceptions are the most for any Cardinals defender since 2003 (Dexter Jackson, 6) and the most for any Cardinals cornerback since 2003 (Renaldo Hill, 5).

J.J. ARRINGTON: Arrington caught his first career TD pass yesterday when he hauled in a four-yard pass from Kurt Warner in the second quarter. It was Arrington’s third career TD and his first since his rookie season of 2005.

NEIL RACKERS: The 31-yard field goal that Rackers connected on in overtime to give the Cardinals the win yesterday was his fifth career game-winning field goal. Both of the game-winning kicks he has converted while in Arizona have come in 2007, the other against Seattle (9/16).

The 12 points Rackers collected in yesterday’s game (3/3 FG, 3/3 PAT) give him 98 points for the year. With two points next week, Rackers can make it three years in a row with at least 100 points. He will not only share the franchise record with Pat Harder, who had 100 points per season from 1947-49, but he will also move into second place on the Cardinals all-time points list. Rackers entered 2007 needing exactly 100 points to move ahead of Greg Davis, who currently sits in second place with 484 career points. Cardinal great Jim Bakken holds the Cardinals career points record with 1,380.

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