News and Notes From Sunday’s Win Over the Niners

WEEK ONE WIN: Yesterday’s 23-13 win at San Francisco was the Cardinals first week one road win since 1999 when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 25-24. It is the third season-opening road win for the Cardinals since 1988.

The Cardinals gained sole possession of first place in the NFC West after the Seahawks were defeated 34-10 in Buffalo and the Rams lost 38-3 in Philadelphia. Arizona’s next divisional game will not come until 11/2 at St. Louis.

Since 1978 when the NFL went to a 16-game regular season schedule, teams that won on opening weekend were twice as likely to make the playoffs as non-winners. Of the 426 week one winners in that span, 225 went on to make the playoffs and 130 won their division. Of the 426 non-winners, 99 went to the playoffs and 55 won their division.

The Cardinals play at home this week against Miami and look to become 2-0 for the first time since 1991.

TEAM & INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

·The Cardinals finished the game with a plus-five turnover ratio. They played a turnover free game on offense and recorder 5 takeaways – four fumble recoveries and one interception.

·The Cardinals held the ball for 22:38 seconds in the second half compared to the 49ers 7:22 and finished the game with a 14:05 advantage in time-of-possession.

·After the 49ers gained 219 total yards of offense in the first half, the Cardinals defense held the San Francisco offense to just 72 yards of total offense and three points in the second half. The Cards defense allowed just 24 yards rushing in the second half after giving up 84 yards on the ground in the first half.

·Arizona ran a total of 72 offensive plays in the game compared to 44 for the 49ers. The 49ers ran 30 offensive plays in the first half compared to 29 for the Cardinals. In the second half, San Francisco ran only 14 plays compared to the Cardinals 43.

·The Cardinals virtually sealed the win with an 18-play, 62-yard drive that chewed 10:08 off the clock and resulted in a Neil Rackers 30-yard field goal that put the Cardinals up 23-13 with 1:57 seconds left on the clock.

·The Cardinal had two drives of 15+ plays in yesterday’s win (15 and 18), the first time they have done so since 1/1/06 @ Indianapolis when they had drives of 15 and 16 plays.

·Edgerrin James rushed 26 times for 100 yards on the day, making him the first Cardinal back to rush for 100 yards in the season opener since 1988 when Stump Mitchell rushed for 110 yards @ Cincinnati on 9/4.

·Yesterday was James’ 56th career 100-yard game and his seventh for the Cardinals. Arizona is now 7-0 in games that James rushes for 100 yards, with six of those games coming against NFC West opponents.

·James enters this week’s game vs. Miami needing just 33 scrimmage yards to become just the 14th player in NFL history with 15,000 scrimmage yards for their career.

·Rookie RB Tim Hightower scored his first career touchdown on a 2-yard run in the third quarter. He became the first Cardinals running back to score a touchdown in his NFL debut since Ottis Anderson rushed for a 76-yard TD against Dallas on 9/2/79.

·Anquan Boldin put on a dominate performance in the second half, catching eight passes for 82 yards after not catching a pass in the first half.

·Six of Boldin’s eight receptions on the day resulted in first downs for the Cardinals.

·Boldin’s eight receptions give him 421 for his career, passing Bobby Joe Conrad (418; 1958-68) for sixth place on the Cardinals career reception list.

·Neil Rackers kicked three field goals and two extra points in yesterday’s game, giving him 11 points on the day and 506 points for his Cardinal career. He became only the second Cardinals player in team history to reach 500+ career points. He is now second on the franchise career points list, behind only Jim Bakken (1,380).

·It was a successful homecoming for Bay Area native (San Rafael, CA) Travis LaBoy, who grew up a 49ers fan. With a large group of family and friends in attendance, LaBoy did just about everything in his Cardinals debut, totaling four tackles, two sacks, a tackle-for-loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His second sack of the day came when he took down 49er QB J.T. O’Sullivan and forced a fumble on the play with only 1:57 left in the game, sealing the victory for the Cardinals.

·Bertrand Berry added a sack and a forced fumble, giving the Cardinals plenty of production from the right defensive end position—five tackles, three sacks, two tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

·Kurt Warner was an efficient 19 for 30 passing for 197 yards with a TD and no INTs or fumbles and a 93.3 passer rating. His second quarter touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald gave him a touchdown pass in each of his last nine games, the fourth longest streak in franchise history.


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