Anquan Boldin made his mark in NFL history by catching 13 passes for a 162 yards, putting him over 400 career receptions in 67 games, faster than any other NFL player. His acrobatic, one-handed catches awed the crowd and proved his worth as a player.
Neil Rackers stepped up when the pressure was heaviest, kicking the game-winning field goal in overtime. He went 3-for-3 on the day, redeeming himself from the grim loss against the San Francisco 49ers last month, when he missed a 32-yard field goal in overtime.
Kurt Warner also carried his weight by throwing three touchdown passes, putting him at 24 on the season and tying him with Neil Lomax for second-highest in Cardinals history.
The Cardinals played a clean game despite being the most penalized team in the NFL. They totaled four penalties during the game -- a season low.
With 98 seconds left in regulation and the Falcons up by three, the Cardinals moved 63 yards with no timeouts remaining, setting up the 29-yard field goal that sent the game into overtime.
The Cardinals blew the 10-point lead they brought into the fourth quarter. Much of that falls on the defense, which allowed the Falcons to rack up 405 yards of total offense and score a season-high 27 points.
Rookie WR Laurent Robinson burned CB Antrel Rolle on a 74-yard touchdown in the second quarter, bringing further shame to a pass defense that ranks No. 28 in the league.
The Cardinals passed on 13 of the first 18 plays of the second half, frequently stopping the clock and giving the Falcons ample time and opportunity to score three consecutive times and take the lead.
The Cardinals square off with the St. Louis Rams next week for their final game of the season. The Rams have suffered through a dismal season, heading into their final game at 3-12.
The Cardinals will finish the season .500 if they win against the Rams. It would mark Arizona's first non-losing season since 1998 and pave the path for these birds to soar in 2008.
Can the Cardinals finish on a high note?
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