4:30 PM ET, January 3, 2009
U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have consecutive home playoff victories -- 61 years apart.Kurt Warner opened with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald and connected with Anquan Boldin on a 71-yard scoring play as the Cardinals beat Atlanta 30-24 Saturday before a raucous, towel-waving crowd.
• The Cardinals won a playoff game for the third time in their history and first time since 1998.
• Kurt Warner was 19-of-32 for 271 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. It was Warner's eighth career playoff game overall and his fifth throwing for at least two scores.
• Matt Ryan was the seventh rookie quarterback to start a playoff game since the merger (the Ravens' Joe Flacco will be the eighth). Ryan was 26-of-40 for 199 yards, two scores and two picks. His 26 completions, 40 attempts and 199 pass yards were the most by a rookie signal caller in his postseason debut since the merger.
• Arizona outgained the Falcons 174-61 in the second half (357-250 for the game).
-- ESPN research
More Is Better
Kurt Warner's two touchdown passes against the Falcons marked the third time he has thrown for multiple scores in a home playoff game. His teams are a perfect 3-0 in those contests.
|'08 Wild Card||Falcons||Won|
|'01 Div Playoff||Packers||Won|
|'99 Div Playoff||Vikings||Won|
The Cardinals defense shut down Falcons running back Michael "The Burner" Turner in the second half. The NFL's second-leading rusher couldn't scratch out a single yard on his three carries after the intermission.
|1st Half||2nd Half|
The Falcons had the ball for 21:19 in the first half, the Cardinals had it for 21:21 in the second. ... It was a nice day outside but the Cardinals kept the roof closed at University of Phoenix Stadium. The stadium is far louder with the roof closed. ... Each team was without a starting defensive end because of injuries, Jamaal Anderson for Atlanta and Travis LaBoy for Arizona. ... Arizona is 13-4 at home since Whisenhunt became coach.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.7||6.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:28||Larry Fitzgerald 42 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick)||0||7|
|FG||10:00||Jason Elam 30 Yd||3||7|
|TD||08:58||Anquan Boldin 71 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick)||3||14|
|TD||02:55||Michael Turner 7 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick)||10||14|
|TD||00:23||Justin Peelle 2 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick)||17||14|
|TD||14:08||Antrel Rolle 27 Yd Fumble Return (Neil Rackers Kick)||17||21|
|TD||02:48||Tim Hightower 4 Yd Run (Neil Rackers Kick)||17||28|
|TD||04:15||Roddy White 5 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick)||24||30|