Leinart Nearly Orchestrates Comeback

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Matt Leinart launched the Arizona Cardinals into a preseason comeback for the ages against the Green Bay Packers on Friday at home. But the Packers used the Cardinals second onside kick attempt against them, when Ruvell Martin scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 39-yard return with five seconds left on the clock to give the Packers a 44-37 win. The Cardinals move to 0-3 in the preseason.

The Cardinals faced a 37-10 deficit at the half against the Green Bay Packers. The Cardinals first-team looked amateurish against the Packers starters, but the second half gave Cardinals fans something to watch.

Rookie Chris Wells, who made his debut, scored his second touchdown of the game to bring life back into the Cardinals box score.

Wells touchdown in the third quarter set Matt Leinart down a crowd-pleasing path. Making his once popular jersey wearable again, Leinart fired off three consecutive touchdowns, including what could have been the game-winner with less than a minute left in the game. The Cardinals opted for the two-point conversion and the win but second-year WR Early Doucet dropped the on-point pass from Leinart.

Leinart's numbers were impressive. He completed 24 out of 38 passes for 360 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Leinart's cause was made more laudable because he pulled together the wide receivers who will all work for receptions.

Jerheme Urban posted a 103-yard performance and Doucet hauled in 93 yards and a touchdown. Doucet shared the end zone celebrations with Well (twice), WR Onrea Jones and RB Jason Wright.

On defense, Adrian Wilson led with a team-high five tackles. The Cardinals failed to be the blitzing birds defensive coordinator Bill Davis wants them to be, only getting after the quarterback twice. The Cardinals' two sacks were made by Calais Campbell and Will Davis.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie failed to impress the crowd when he was burned by Jordy Nelson on a 76-yard touchdown.



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