Final

Vikings 17

(10-2, 4-2 away)

Cardinals 30

(8-4, 3-3 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, December 6, 2009

U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 7 3 0 717
ARI 7 14 6 330

Top Performers

Passing: K. Warner (ARI) - 285 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Hightower (ARI) - 6 CAR, 50 YDS

Receiving: L. Fitzgerald (ARI) - 8 REC, 143 YDS, 1 TD

Favre throws two INTs, is sacked twice; Peterson held to 19 yards rushing

Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- That "kid" Kurt Warner got the best of old-timer Brett Favre on Sunday night.

Warner, a mere 38 to Favre's 40, threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns and the Arizona Cardinals' defense stifled Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in a stunningly one-sided 30-17 victory.

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"They played like they were in the Super Bowl last year," Favre said, "and we obviously have to play better if we want to be the team that's in the Super Bowl this year."

Favre set an NFL record for consecutive appearances, but game No. 283 in a row was no night to remember for him or the rest of the Vikings (10-2). Favre, with just three interceptions in the first 11 games, was picked off twice and sacked three times.

"I made some decisions that I haven't made up to this point," he said, "and I'm disappointed about it."

Even more startling, Arizona (8-4) held Adrian Peterson to a season-low 19 yards in 13 carries and outrushed Minnesota 113-62.

"It was just physical up front and making the tackle," Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. "It was great team tackling."

Fast Facts

• The Cardinals avoided suffering their first back-to-back losses, and they've outscored opponents 130-76 following a loss this season (4-0).

• This is the Cardinals' first win vs. the Vikings since Dec. 29, 2003.

• Kurt Warner had a 2-yard TD pass to Anquan Boldin, which is his 18th TD pass in the red zone this season. First? Brett Favre.

• Larry Fitzgerald had 143 receiving yards and a touchdown. His 10 receiving TDs lead the NFL and he became the first player in franchise history to record three consecutive seasons with 10+ TDs.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The victory, coupled with San Francisco's loss at Seattle, gives Arizona a three-game lead in the NFC West. The Cardinals can clinch the division title with a victory at San Francisco a week from Monday night.

Favre had two touchdown passes, but the second, a 31-yarder to Percy Harvin, came with 1:20 to go and the game out of reach. Favre was 30 of 45 for 275 yards.

"I'm pretty sure everybody is going to talk about what Brett Favre did wrong," Dockett said, "how Brett did this wrong and that wrong, but not talk about how our defense stood up today. We're going to stay humble, though, because we are going to play that team again."

Things got worse for the Vikings when linebacker E.J. Henderson broke his leg late in the game. Coach Brad Childress said the injury would require surgery.

Warner, rarely under pressure, was 22 of 32 with no interceptions and no sacks. Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 143 yards and a score. Anquan Boldin had seven catches for 98 yards and two scores.

Bombs Away Brett

Brett Favre added to his record total of multiple-interception games. He's got the most since the 1960 season.

Player Multi-INT games
Brett Favre 89
Norm Snead 80
John Hadl 78
Vinny Testaverde 78

Warner said the victory showed "that we can play with anybody, we can play with the big dogs. The key for us is to show up that way every week."

A year ago, Peterson had 165 yards on the same field as Minnesota routed Arizona 35-14.

This Vikings team, with the addition of Favre and big-play rookie Harvin, has overwhelmed opponents with a more balanced offense and a tough defense. Minnesota had outscored its last three opponents 98-29.

But after giving up a 99-yard last-minute touchdown drive to lose at Tennessee 20-17 last week, Arizona was in a nasty mood.

Warner threw for 200 yards in the first half as the Cardinals took a 21-10 lead at the break, then the defense took over.

Karlos Dansby and Michael Adams each intercepted Favre in the third quarter to set up field goals by Neil Rackers that put Arizona up 27-10. It was the first interception in Adams' NFL career. Favre had his first multiple interception game of the season.

Rackers added a third field goal in the fourth quarter.

With his first snap, Favre broke the record for consecutive games he had shared with longtime Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall.

The Cardinals handed him a congratulatory gift when Benny Sapp stripped the ball from running back Tim Hightower and Tyrell Johnson recovered for Minnesota at the Arizona 47. Ten plays later, Favre threw 3 yards to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe for the score.

Warner sat out last week's game with post-concussion symptoms, snapping a string of 41 straight starts, but he had practiced all week and said he was feeling much better. His game certainly didn't suffer.

"We had a really good talk last night at the hotel about some of the offensive package things we were going to do," Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We felt that it was going to be good for us, and it was."

Minnesota failed to get pressure on Warner even though the Cardinals were without starting left tackle Mike Gandy, who was replaced by Jeremy Bridges. It snapped a string of 21 consecutive starts for Arizona's offensive line.

Game notes


Minnesota was without two starters -- CB Antoine Winfield (foot) and OG Anthony Hererra (concussion). ... Warner topped 3,000 yards passing for the season and moved ahead of Charley Johnson into fourth on Arizona's career passing list.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIN
ARI
1st Downs2220
Passing 1st downs
1913
Rushing 1st downs
35
1st downs from Penalties
02
3rd down efficiency
5-154-10
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays6857
Total Yards315398
Yards per play4.67.0
Total Drives1112
Passing253285
Comp - Att
30-4522-32
Yards per pass
5.68.9
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks - Yards Lost
3-220-0
Rushing62113
Rushing Attempts
2025
Yards per rush
3.14.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-4
Penalties6-506-50
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:1728:43

Passing Leaders

MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre30/452756.1223-22
ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Warner22/322858.9300-0

Rushing Leaders

MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harvin22211.0013
Taylor5214.207
ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Hightower6508.3032
Wells13282.2011

Receiving Leaders

MINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Harvin67913.21317
Rice77210.301416
ARIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Fitzgerald814317.913412
Boldin79814.02399

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINARI
minTD09:47Visanthe Shiancoe 3 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 70
ariTD04:49Anquan Boldin 2 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERMINARI
ariTD07:42Anquan Boldin 39 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick) 714
minFG01:55Ryan Longwell 25 Yd 1014
ariTD01:14Larry Fitzgerald 34 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERMINARI
ariFG07:45Neil Rackers 31 Yd 1024
ariFG03:19Neil Rackers 30 Yd 1027
FOURTH QUARTERMINARI
ariFG04:18Neil Rackers 29 Yd 1030
minTD01:20Percy Harvin 31 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 1730