The Arizona Cardinals played playoff football on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is how…
Warner Edges Closer to Hall of Fame Bid
Warner downplayed the accomplishment. While recognizing its significance, he was not going to dwell upon it.
"You're in the midst of so many other things right now, you don't really think of individual stuff," he said. "Ten years from now, 20 years from now, when I'm sitting with my grandkids, I can start bragging about different accomplishments. But right now, it's a personal achievement, and that's not what we're focused on."
Warner has resurrected his career with the Cardinals under coach Ken Whisenhunt. He's started the last 36 games for the Cardinals, playing through various injuries, including torn elbow ligaments, a bad hip and a stinger.
NOTES, QUOTES --Larry Fitzgerald is tied for the NFL lead with five touchdown receptions and has 18 in his last 14 games, dating back to the 2008 season and playoff games. Fitzgerald tied a career high with 13 receptions against the Seahawks, and it was his first 100-yard receiving game this season. He had exactly 100 yards.
"I'm all for him having a few more of those games as we go forward," coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
--The Cardinals sacked Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck five times and hit him on numerous other occasions.
"I know Matt Hasselbeck is going to be soaking in an ice tub," outside linebacker Chike Okeafor said of the quarterback's plans for his bye week.
--The Seahawks were held to 14 yards rushing, the fewest in franchise history, and were 0-for-11 on third down.
"I think the thing that I was the most excited about was that we played together as a team," Whisenhunt said. "When you talk about a good defense, the one thing I remember from my days in Pittsburgh when we were playing our best was that it was a team effort."
--The Cardinals won their first two road games of the season for the first time since 1991. That team, however, finished 4-12. The Cardinals have won three straight against Seattle, including the last two at Qwest Field, and five of the last six.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
--WR Anquan Boldin suffered a sprained right ankle against the Seahawks and played a limited amount in the second half. There was no news on his status Monday, but it appears he'll be at least questionable for the Giants game on Sunday.
--QB Kurt Warner was 32 of 41 for 276 yards. He had two touchdowns, and his only interception came on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half. His passer rating was 100.8. Warner is 39-3 when he has a passer rating of at least 100.
--DE Kenny Iwebema, active for the first time since the season opener, had a key sack. Iwebema, who had been out with an ankle injury, will be a valuable addition to the rotation.
--RB Beanie Wells will get more carries if he starts taking better care of the ball. Wells bobbled two handoffs Sunday and was lucky not to lose either.
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