Packers put heat on Cardinals, win 29-21

On a hot night in the desert, Brett Favre and his young corp of receivers showed signs of warming up to each other. Despite playing without Terry Glenn and Robert Ferguson, Favre and the Packers' offense hummed. Green Bay's defense and special teams weren't too shabby, either.<p>

Combined with a stingy effort by Green Bay's first-team defense, the Packers took a 13-7 lead, then its reserves finished off Arizona's reserves en route to a 29-21 win over the Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

The game time temperature on the field was 95 degrees. Temperatures reached as high as 110 degrees during the day with on-field temperatures around 120 degrees. The heat may have contributed to early turnovers by each team which led to touchdowns.

Favre played all but one series of the first half as he and his young receivers continue to adjust to each other. Glenn (knee) and Ferguson (groin) did not suit up, but both are expected to play in Green Bay's Aug. 26 exhibition game against Cleveland on Monday Night Football.

Favre completed nine of 17 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown, almost two. Wide receivers Donald Driver and Charles Lee each had touchdown receptions. Lee had one touchdown catch that was nullified in the second quarter because of a pass interference penalty.

Driver led Green Bay's receivers with five catches for 74 yards, bouncing back from a shaky performance in the Packers' exhibition opener against Philadelphia.

"The offense, I thought, moved the ball well but we have to put the ball into the end zone," said Packers coach and GM Mike Sherman.

"I was happy with the way our ones (first units) performed. I was please with our return game. Darrien Gordon had some nice returns and got some pretty good blocks."

Green Bay's defense had three quarterback sacks and held the Cardinals to 1 yard rushing on nine attempts in the first half. The Packers' first-team defense held the Cardinals to minus 12 yards on its first five possessions. Late in the third quarter, Green Bay pushed the Cardinals into their own end zone for a safety.

The Packers improved to 1-1 in the preseason while Arizona slipped to 1-1.

Favre sidestepped a Cardinals blitz and fired a 21-yard low liner to Driver for a touchdown, giving the Packers a 10-7 lead with 39 seconds left in the first quarter.

Packers linebacker Na'il Diggs punched the ball away from Cardinals running back Thomas Jones and defensive end Vonnie Holliday recovered on Arizona's 24 yard line. After Favre threw incomplete to Driver in the corner of the end zone, he rolled to his right to avoid a blitz, then found Driver, who beat cornerback David Barrett to make a sliding catch in the middle of the end zone.

Later in the second quarter, Favre connected on a 24-yard pass to Driver to start a series. He then found first-round pick Javon Walker for a 10-yard pickup and followed a few players later with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Charles Lee that was nullified when Lee was penalized for pushing off on cornerback Duane Starks. But Favre came back to complete a 29-yard pass to Walker for a first down at the Cardinals' 6. Green Bay, however, was unable to punch the ball into the end zone and Ryan Longwell connected for a 25-yard field goal with 3:05 left in the first half to give the Packers a 13-7 lead.

The Packers took a 20-7 lead early in the third quarter on quarterback Doug Pederson's 39-yard touchdown pass to Lee. Lee, a third-year pro, was wide open along the left sideline after breaking away from cornerback Justin Gallimore. Lee caught the ball at the 12 and trotted into the end zone.

Pederson ignited the drive with a 15-yard pass to Walker to the Packers' 45. Pederson then dumped a short pass to running back Tony Fisher in the flat for 11 yards to the Cardinals' 44. One play later, Pederson found Lee for the touchdown.

Nose tackle Steve Warren forced third-string quarterback Cade McCown to fumble near the Cardinals goal line with about four minutes left in the third quarter. Warren scrambled for the ball in the end zone, but McCown recovered, which gave the Packers a 22-7 lead.

Green Bay stretched its lead to 29-7 with 1:35 left in the third quarter when middle linebacker Torrance Marshall hauled in a deflected pass at the line of scrimmage and ran 18 yards untouched for the score.

Green Bay running back Ahman Green fumbled the ball away on the Packers' first play from scrimmage, and Arizona took a 7-0 lead four plays later on running back Thomas Jones' 2-yard plunge with 11:57 left in the first quarter.

"I felt I was down on the play and was waiting for whistle to be blown," said Green. "I felt both my knees on the ground. I thought the play was done."

Arizona linebacker Raynoch Thompson recovered Green's fumble on the Packers' 21. Quarterback Jake Plummer's 16-yard pass to wide receiver David Boston gave the Cardinals a first and goal at the 4. Two plays later, Jones, the seventh overall pick of the 2000 NFL draft, plunged up the middle and into the end zone.

Longwell's 47-yard field goal with 6:01 left in the first quarter closed the Packers to 7-3. Favre's 18-yard pass to wide receiver Donald Driver and running back Rondell Mealey's 17-yard run to the Cardinals 23 set up the field goal. Green Bay lost seven yards to the 30 when Favre fumbled the ball from center, but it was recovered by tackle Mark Tauscher. Rookie wide receiver Javon Walker dropped a pass from Favre on the next play, and Favre threw incomplete in the end zone to Driver on third down.

Arizona fourth-string quarterback Preston Parsons hooked up with wide receiver Jason McAddley for a 74-yard touchdown with 9:41 left in the game. McAddley caught the ball around the 50 yard line between safety George White and cornerback Erwin Swiney. McAddley fell to the ground but White and Swiney let up, thinking McAddley was down. The receiver quickly got to his feet and sprinted into the end zone.

Cardinals rookie Damien Anderson closed the Cardinals to 29-21 with a two-yard plunge with 1 minute remaining.

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