2010 Look Back – Cards Fall in Game Two to the Falcons 41-7

Today we look back at week two of the 2010 season, as the Cards were crushed by the Falcons on the road to fall to 1-1 on the season.

The Atlanta Falcons exacted a bit of revenge on the Cardinals by embarrassing the 2008 Wild Card winners in Week 2.  For Cardinals fans, it was one of those games that have become synonymous with Arizona. 

They crop up once and a while and when things go wrong, they go wrong in every possible way.  In the second half, heads hung, flags flew, a player was ejected, and the Cardinals appeared as if they were never serious about winning this game.  Aside from last year’s Week 3 blow out at the hands of the Colts, the 2009 Cardinals avoided such a game, but the 2010 Cardinals couldn’t side step this landmine in Atlanta.

The Falcons moved the ball with ease, scoring on the first possession via a Matt Ryan 7-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White, putting the Falcons up 7-0 in a flash.  On the ensuing kick-off, LaRod Stephens-Howling sprinted 98 yards for a touchdown only to have the score negated by an Arizona holding penalty. 

The holding penalty was attributed to Darnell Dockett, though he wasn’t on the field, making it unclear who actually committed the infraction.  In any event, it was the first of many plays that together summarized the Cardinals’ efforts.  Instead of a 7-7 tie, the Cardinals punted the ball back to the Falcons.  Atlanta only put up 3 more points in the first quarter, but apparently they were just pacing themselves for the outburst to come.

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