4:15 PM ET, October 11, 2009
U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Interception return gives cushion, stops at 1-yard line win game for Cardinals
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals' passing game was nearly perfect in the first half. Houston's was just as good in the second.In the end, it was the Cardinals' defense -- torn apart by the Texans' Matt Schaub most of the final two quarters -- that made the game-saving plays Sunday as Arizona eked out a 28-21 victory.Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, playing with a fractured right index finger, returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, high-stepping the final 20, to put Arizona back in the lead with 2:20 to go after Schaub had rallied Houston from a 21-0 halftime deficit.
The top two receivers on the Texans -- Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels -- kept pace with the dynamic duo on the Cardinals -- Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.
-- ESPN Stats and Information
• Larry Fitzgerald had 79 yards receiving and two TDs, the ninth time in his career he had multiple TD receptions in a game.
• Kurt Warner threw for 302 yards, his second straight game with at least 300 yards passing.
• Andre Johnson had 102 receiving yards and two TDs, his sixth career game with 100 yards and multiple touchdowns.
• Matt Schaub (35-for-50, two TDs and one INT) had a season-high 371 passing yards, his fourth career game with at least 350 passing yards.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Houston was 6-2 against the NFC the past two seasons. ... Warner passed 13,000 yards passing with the Cardinals, making him the second quarterback to do so with two different teams. The other was Fran Tarkenton. ... Arizona's 6-foot-8 Calais Campbell blocked a field goal try for the second time this season. ... The same officiating crew worked the game as did Arizona's game against San Francisco last season, which ended exactly the same way in the same end zone.
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 11: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the NFL...(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.9||6.2|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-5||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|TD||09:29||Tim Hightower 1 Yd Run (Neil Rackers Kick)||0||7|
|TD||01:44||Larry Fitzgerald 9 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick)||0||14|
|TD||00:21||Larry Fitzgerald 26 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick)||0||21|
|TD||03:39||Chris Brown 1 Yd Run (Kris Brown Kick)||7||21|
|TD||12:18||Andre Johnson 11 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Kris Brown Kick)||14||21|
|TD||06:59||Andre Johnson 17 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Kris Brown Kick)||21||21|
|TD||02:20||Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 49 Yd Interception Return (Neil Rackers Kick)||21||28|
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