Cardinals Hang On for Win over Texans

The Arizona Cardinals defense earned a gold star for their ability to stuff the Texans game-tying goal line attempt in the fourth quarter to keep the Cardinals 28-21 lead and improve to 2-2. The Cardinals take their first home win of the season thanks to strong performances from all over the depth chart.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off the go-ahead touchdown to break a scoreboard standstill and hand the Cardinals a 28-21 win over the Houston Texans at home on Sunday. While the Cardinals entered halftime up three touchdowns, the Texans battled back to make it a much more interesting ball game that wasn't decided until the final seconds.

Rodgers-Cromartie more than made up for a dismal performance in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. While he was relatively quiet on coverage against the Texans, he had interceptions on his mind nearly grabbing a pick in the end zone long before he returned the game-winning touchdown 49 yards.

Tim Hightower also went the distance on Sunday. He continued to be a viable option for Kurt Warner both through the air and on the ground. Hightower earned a rushing touchdown (his second of the season) and nabbed 30 receiving yards.


Anquan Boldin
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Anquan Boldin led the Cardinals air game with, ironically, 81 yards. Boldin saw the most looks of any of the receivers and redeemed himself for a fumble inside the 5-yard line in the first quarter.

The Cardinals looked stellar in the first half, heading to the locker room up 21-0. QB Matt Schaub and WR Andre Johnson were able to avoid the shutout and give their team a fighting chance. Johnson compiled 101 yards on eight receptions and two touchdowns. Larry Fitzgerald pled his case with five receptions, which was good for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns as well.

Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban rounded out the top receivers with 66 yards and 41 yards, respectively.

On the defensive side of the ball, Bryant McFadden led the charge with eight tackles. Despite a listless Texans offense in the first half, the Cardinals were never able to take down Schaub. His offensive line did its part.

While the Cardinals offensive line looked better than its last game, Warner felt hurried in the second half and couldn't avoid a sack that Amobi Okoye and Brian Cushing combined for.

The Cardinals also couldn't avoid the dynamic return specialist Jacoby Jones who made a big-time return in the third quarter. He made his way deep into Cardinals territory before Calais Campbell made the stop and saved he imminent touchdown.

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