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Notes from the Cardinals 31-10 Win Versus Miami

·With their 31-10 defeat of the Miami Dolphins, the Cardinals improve to 2-0 on the season, the best start for the team since 1991 when the team also started 2-0. Since 1978, 232 teams have started the season 2-0 and 153 of those teams made the playoffs (66%).

·The Cardinals have now won four consecutive games dating back to 2007, the longest winning streak for the team
since 1999.

·The Cardinals sit alone atop the NFC West with a 2-0 record, ahead of San Francisco (1-1), Seattle (0-2) and St. Louis

·With the 31 points the Cardinals scored against Miami, the team has now scored 20+ points in 10 consecutive games, extending the longest active streak in the NFL. In that span, the Cardinals have scored 30+ points in a game six times, including today vs. Miami.

·Dating back to last season, the Cardinals have a 7-3 record in their last 10 games and have scored 20+ points in all 10 games. Below are a few stats from the Cardinals last 10 games:
Record: 7-3
Home Record: 5-1
Away Record: 2-2
20+ Points in a Game: 10
30+ Points in a Game: 6
TDs Scored: 37
Turnover Ratio: +7
100-Yard Rushers: 3
100-Yard Receivers: 6
300-Yard Passers: 5

·The Cardinals have now won their last three consecutive home openers.

·In the Cardinals last three homes games, they have outscored their opponents 109-56 and have averaged 36.3 points-per-game in that stretch. In their last two home games, the Cardinals defeated the St. Louis Rams 48-19 on 12/30/07 and Miami 31-10, for an average margin of victory of 25.5 points.

·Quarterback Kurt Warner connected on a 79-yard TD pass to Anquan Boldin on the Cardinals first possession of the game. He came back on the next possession and connected with Larry Fitzgerald on a 75-yard pass play, marking only the second time in team history that the Cardinals had two pass plays of 75 yards or more in the same game, the other coming on 10/13/74 against Dallas.

·The last time an NFL team had two 75+ yard pass plays in a quarter was 11/19/06 when Buffalo played in Houston and Bills WR Lee Evans had two 83-yard receptions in the first quarter.

· Kurt Warner posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3 against Miami after completing 19-of-24 passes for 361 yards and 3 TD. It was the first time his has posted a perfect rating since 10/1/00 vs. San Diego (24-of-30, 390 yards, 4 TD). Warner now has three perfect games in his career, tying Peyton Manning for the NFL record.

·Warner’s 361 yards passing against Miami give him 42 300-yard games for his career and 12 as a member of the Cardinals, which is tied with Charley Johnson (1961-69) for the third-most in franchise history.
·Warner completed 13 consecutive passes—the last four passes he attempted in San Francisco in week one and the first nine passes he attempted against Miami—tying Josh McCown (9/26/04 @ Atlanta) for the third-longest streak in franchise history.

· Anquan Boldin’s 79-yard TD reception from Kurt Warner in the first quarter was the longest reception of his career, topping the 71-yard TD reception he hauled in during his first NFL game, @ Detroit on 9/7/03.

·Boldin had 140 yards receiving on the day, his 22nd career 100-yard game, tying Jackie Smith for the Cardinals all-time franchise record.

·Boldin’s three TD receptions are a career single-game high and mark the first time a Cardinal receiver has caught three touchdown passes since Rob Moore vs. Washington, 12/7/97.

· Larry Fitzgerald’s 153 yards receiving on the day marked his 14th career 100-yard game. With his 14th 100-yard game, Fitzgerald moves into a 6th place tie with Bobby Joe Conrad, Pat Tilley and Sonny Randle for the most in team history.

·Fitzgerald’s 75-yard reception was the longest of this career, topping the 57-yard reception he hauled in @ San Francisco on 12/24/06.

·Boldin and Fitzgerald have now gone over 100 yards receiving in the same game six times in their careers and their performance against Miami was the first time they have done so since 11/26/06 @ Minnesota.

· Edgerrin James had 55 total yards from scrimmage in the game, giving him 15,022 yards from scrimmage for his career and making him just the 14th player in NFL history to reach the career milestone.

· Tim Hightower’s 1-yard TD run in the third quarter (combined with his 2-yard TD run in week one) make him the first Cardinals player in history with rushing TDs in his first two games.

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