Bird Bits: Cards handle Philadelphia, move to 3-0
The Cardinals played a tremendous first half, building a 24-0 lead at the break. Arizona's defense created three first half turnovers, including a fumble by Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick on the final play of the half with the Eagles at the Cardinals' one-yard line. Kerry Rhodes blitzed, sacked Vick and jarred the ball loose. Safety James Sanders scooped it up and scampered 93 yards for a touchdown to put the finishing touches on a dominant first 30 minutes.
Kevin Kolb, making his second consecutive start for the injured John Skelton, played arguably his best game as a Cardinal. Kolb completed 17-of-24 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, Arizona took care of the football -- no turnovers for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals, believe it or not, moved to 3-0 for the first time since 1974 and are in sole possession of first place in the NFC West following San Francisco's loss to Minnesota.
The running game struggled for a good portion of the game, which is a bad sign for a team playing with a lead. The Cardinals finished with 99 yards on 34 carries as a team.
Larry Fitzgerald finished the day with 9 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. With his second catch of the game, Fitzgerald became the youngest player in the history of the National Football League to eclipse the 700-catch plateau.
The Cardinals won their 7th consecutive game at University of Phoenix Stadium. It was the first victory in the streak that has been by more than six points.
Sanders' fumble return (93 yards) was the third-longest in franchise history. Aeneas Williams holds the record with a 104-yard return November 5, 2000 against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Wilson had a 99-yard fumble return for a score on November 26, 2006 at Minnesota.
Arizona is now 10-2 in their last 12 games overall, dating back to last season. That mark is the best in the league over that stretch.
The Cardinals' 27 points were the most they've scored in a game since October 20 of last year, when they lost 30-27 at Baltimore.
He Said It:
"It's just part of the team. When your number is called, you have to make the play. For me, everyone else is making plays, so why not me? I have to make a couple myself. It was good to actually get some plays in today and play well. Everybody played well. I'm just another part of it, so it's good." -- Cardinals' safety Kerry Rhodes, who finished with four tackles, including the sack of Michael Vick which caused the fumble that James Sanders returned 93 yards for a touchdown.
Coming Up Next:
The Cardinals will welcome the Miami Dolphins (1-2) to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale next Sunday. Miami lost in overtime to the New York Jets Sunday by the score of 23-20.
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- Andre Ellington, Cardinals RB - Thursday May 2Arizona's 6th round pick joins the show to reminisce on his college career and talk about what he br
- Earl Watford, Cardinals 4th Round Selection - Wednesday May 1Earl Watford talked to Doug & Wolf about his strengths and being drafted out of a small school.