Cardinals Clip Falcons' Wings

Arizona took flight on Sunday, pulling within one win of its first non-losing season since 1998. The Cardinals attacked through the air, piling up 361 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Anquan Boldin became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 400 catches, doing so in just 67 games. He set the record in style, catching 13 balls for 162 yards and two touchdowns against the hapless Atlanta Falcons.

Boldin caught six third-down passes, including one that set up a J.J. Arrington touchdown that gave the Cardinals a 10-point lead going into the half.

And to think, Boldin was listed as questionable with a toe injury.

While the passing attack was humming, the ground game was nowhere to be found. Edgerrin James rushed for 76 yards on 25 carries -- good for only 3 yards per carry.

The blame does not fall solely on James, as he continues to be underutilized. With the Cardinals leading by 10 points, Edge was only given six carries in the second half. Instead of shortening the game on the ground, the Cardinals gave the Falcons plenty of time to come back and take the lead in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, the Cardinals were led by Calvin Pace, who finished the game with nine solo tackles and a sack.

The Cardinals' defense did a nice job of putting pressure on Chris Redman, sacking him twice and forcing him to throw an interception. The secondary, on the other hand, continues to struggle. Roddy White and rookie receiver Laurent Robinson put the Cardinals secondary to shame, combining for 255 yards and a touchdown.

White had 77 yards receiving in the fourth quarter, helping the Falcons take the lead, 27-24. The Cardinals' offense was ineffective for most of the fourth, racking up only 9 yards of offense until the final 1:33 of the game, when they drove 58 yards to set up a game-tying 29-yard field goal by Neil Rackers.

The Cardinals won the coin toss in overtime and never gave the ball back. Kurt Warner drove his team 62 yards to set up Rackers' game-winning 31-yard field goal.


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