QB Kurt Warner (Chris Graythen/Getty)
The Cardinals and Saints engaged in a shootout for their playoff lives. Kurt Warner came out firing, tallying three touchdowns. However, Drew Brees was quicker on the draw, hitting 87 percent of his passes and shooting down the Cardinals' playoff chances.
Cardinals News and Notes
--This was Kurt Warner's first career loss to the Saints as a starter, dropping his record to 3-1.
--WR Larry Fitzgerald has caught a touchdown pass in five straight games.
--With three touchdowns today, Warner extended his streak of games with two or more touchdowns to six.
--With his 84 yards rushing, running back Edgerrin James has gone over 1,000 yards on the ground for the seventh time in his nine years as a pro, including five straight.
--WR Anquan Boldin, who averages 79 yards receiving per game in his career, eclipsed that number for just the third time this season and for the first time since week thre by hauling in six passes for 83 yards.
--By recording a sack today, the Cardinals kept their streak alive of recording at least one sack in every game this season. LB Gerald Hayes recorded his fourth sack of the season.
Saints News and Notes
--WR Marques Colston surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the second consecutive season, becoming only the third Saint to accomplish that feat.
--With eight more catches, Colston is now only eight shy of setting a new team record for receptions in a season.
--After scoring his ninth touchdown of the year, Colston needs three more to capture the Saints single-season touchdown receptions record.
--After throwing two touchdown passes against the Cardinals, Drew Brees needs only three more to break the Saints single-season record, held by Aaron Brooks (27). Brees achieved a quarterback rating of over 100 for the 12th time in 30 games as a Saint. The Saints are 9-3 when Brees has a quarterback rating of 100 or more.
--With his 95 rushing yards, RB Aaron Stecker now has 395 on the season, a new career-high.
--Since Sean Peyton took over as head coach in New Orleans, the Saints are 11-5 on the road, the fifth best mark in the league in that span.
--By allowing just one sack, the Saints continue to lead the league this season, having only allowed 12 sacks. The fewest sacks a Saints team has given up in a season is 15 (1992).
--With today's win, the Saints improve to 6-1 on the season when leading at halftime.
- The Saints improve their all-time record against the Cardinals to 13-12. New Orleans is 7-3 against the Cardinals since they moved to Arizona.
Brad Vipperman is a reporter for the Scout.com network. He is an accomplished sports writer, with recent work appearing on www.hoopswriters.com.