Notes From the Cards Win Over Seattle Sunday

·Including the Cardinals, five of the six NFC teams heading to the playoffs in 2008 did not make the postseason in 2007 (Cardinals, Falcons, Vikings, Panthers, Eagles). The only NFC team to make the playoffs in 2007 and return in 2008 is the NY Giants, last season’s Super Bowl champs.

·With the 34-21 win over Seattle, the Cardinals finished the 2008 regular season with a 9-7 record, matching their best record since the franchise moved to Arizona in 1988. They previously went 9-7 in 1998, the last season they made the playoffs.

·The Cardinals 17 wins over the last two seasons are the most for the franchise in a two-year span since the team won 17 games between 1983-84 when they went 8-7-1 in 1983 and 9-7 in 1984.

·The win over Seattle was the Cardinals sixth home win of the season, matching their home win total from last season (6-2). Prior to that, the last time the Cardinals won six home games in a season was in 1976. The Cardinals 12 home wins over the last two seasons are the most in a two year span since winning 12 from 1975-76.

·The Cardinals win over Seattle gave them a 6-0 record in the NFC West in 2008 and their first perfect season of divisional play. The only other time the Cards went undefeated in their division was in 1968 when they went 5-0-1 in their first season in the Century Division (with the Browns, Giants and Steelers).

·After scoring 34 points against the Seahawks, the Cardinals totaled 427 points during the 2008 regular season, establishing a new franchise record for points in a season. The previous record was 423 points, established in 1984.

·Arizona’s 427 points were tied for the third-most in the NFL in 2008, behind only New Orleans (463) and San Diego (439). The Cardinals scored 51 TDs on the season, tied for the second-highest total in the NFL behind New Orleans (57).

·The Cardinals scored 30+ points in a game seven times this season and dating back to the final eight games of 2007, have scored 30+ points in 12 of their 24 games.

·The Cardinals finished with some of the best offensive numbers in franchise history in a number of categories in 2008. Below is a list of where they ranked:

·The Cardinals finished the season with a 7-0 record when leading after the third quarter this season. They finished with a 6-0 record when outrushing their opponent.

·The Cardinals finished the season with a 7-0 record when leading after the third quarter this season. They finished with a 6-0 record when outrushing their opponent.

·The Cardinals forced three turnovers yesterday against the Seahawks, turning in a plus-one turnover ratio. In 2008, the Cardinals won or broke even in the turnover battle in eight games, putting up an 8-0 record in those games.

THREE WITH 1,000

·With 91 receiving yards against the Seahawks, Steve Breaston reached 1,006 receiving yards on the season, his first career 1,000-yard season. Breaston joined Larry Fitzgerald (1,431) and Anquan Boldin (1,038) with 1,000 receiving yards in 2008, marking the fifth time in NFL history that a team had three players all reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

WARNER THROWS 10+ TDs TO FITZGERALD AND BOLDIN

·Kurt Warner’s five-yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the second quarter was the 10th TD pass from Warner to Fitzgerald this season. Combined with Warner’s 11 TD passes to Anquan Boldin, it marks just the ninth time in NFL history that a quarterback has thrown 10+ TD passes to two different receivers in the same season, and the second time a Cardinals QB has done so.

THREE PLAYERS WITH 75+ RECEPTIONS

·The Cardinals finished the 2008 season with three receivers who each collected at least 75 receptions on the season. Larry Fitzgerald had 96 receptions, Anquan Boldin finished with 89 and Steve Breaston recorded 77. It marks just the fifth time in NFL history that three players on the same team have hauled in 75+ receptions in a season and just the second wide receiver trio (Washington, 1989). Warner has been the quarterback for three of the five teams that had three players with 75+ receptions in a season.

·With his 38-yard TD pass to Fitzgerald in the third quarter, his third TD pass of the day, Kurt Warner reached 29 TD passes on the season, establishing a new franchise record. He topped the previous record of 28 TD passes shared by Neil Lomax (1984) and Charley Johnson (1963). Warner added a TD pass to Steve Breaston in the third quarter to give him four TD passes on the day and 30 for the season.

·Warner’s four TD passes against the Seahawks were his most as a Cardinal and the most he had thrown in a single game since 12/17/01 when he threw for four TDs against the New Orleans Saints.

·In completing 19-of-30 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns, Warner finished the game against Seattle with a 117.1 passer rating. It was his sixth game in 2008 with apasser rating of 100.0+ and the Cardinals finished 6-0 in those games.

·Warner finished the season completing 401-of-598 passes (67.1%) for 4,583 yards, 30 TDs and a QB rating of 96.9. Below is a list of the 2008 NFL rankings for QBs.

·Larry Fitzgerald hauled in five receptions for 130 yards and two TDs against the Seahawks, giving him 96 receptions for 1,431 yards and 12 TDs on the season. Fitzgerald led the NFC in both receptions (96) and receiving yards (1,431) in 2008. He has now led the NFC in receptions and yards in each of the last two seasons. In 2007, Fitzgerald finished atop the NFC with 100 receptions for 1,409 yards.

·Despite missing four games this season due to injury, Anquan Boldin finished second in the NFC with 89 receptions while coming in ninth in receiving yards (1,038) and third in receiving TDs (11).

·Fitzgerald’s two TD receptions against the Seahawks gave him 12 TD receptions on the season, establishing a new career-high. Fitzgerald had 10 TD receptions in both 2005 and 2007.

·With 130 yards receiving against the Seahawks, Fitzgerald recorded 1,431 receiving yards in 2008, a new career-high. Fitzgerald’s previous career-high was 1,409 yards, which he reached in 2005 and matched in 2007.

·Fitzgerald’s two TD receptions against the Seahawks give him 46 for his career, passing Mel Gray (1971-82) into third-place in franchise history, behind only Roy Green (66) and Sonny Randle (60).

·Fitzgerald recorded 130 receiving yards against the Seahawks, his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game and the 20th of his career, the fourth-highest total in franchise history.

·Fitzgerald’s 100-yard receiving game against the Seahawks was his seventh 100-yard game of 2008 and second against the Seahawks.

·With 100 yards rushing against the Seahawks, Edgerrin James now has 12,121 career rushing yards and moved past Thurman Thomas (12,074 yards) and Franco Harris (12,120) for 11th place on the NFL’s career rushing list.

·James’ 100-yard rushing game was the 57th 100-yard game of his career and his eighth as a member of the Cardinals. Arizona is now 8-0 in games where James rushes for at least 100 yards. Seven of James’ eight 100-yard games as a member of the Cardinals have come against NFC West opponents.

·Neil Rackers recorded 10 points in the game vs. Seattle bringing his 2008 point total to 119 on the season, the second-highest total in franchise history, trailing only the 140 points he collected in his Pro Bowl season of 2005.

·Rackers made 25-of-28 FG attempts this season. He had made 15 consecutive field goals before missing a 68-yard attempted fair-catch kick right before halftime against the Giants in week 12. He made five consecutive field goals after that failed attempt and connected on 20 consecutive traditional field goal attempts to finish the season.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s fourth quarter interception of Seattle QB Seneca Wallace was his fourth interception of the season. Three of his four regular season interceptions came against the Seahawks in 2008. The rookie had his first two interceptions of the season when the Cardinals visited Seattle in week 11.


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