The Cardinals and the Falcons really duked it out, but Arizona rode Kurt Warner's arm to a 30-24 victory. Warner was 19 of 32 for 271 yards, with two touchdowns -- one each to receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin -- and one interception. Fitzgerald had six catches for 101 yards and the TD. Warner threw to nine different players, while running backs Edgerrin James and Tim Hightower combined for 22 carries for 96 yards, with Hightower also notching a touchdown. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was 26 of 40 for 190 yards, two touchdowns -- one each to receiver Roddy White and tight end Justin Peelle -- and two interceptions. Ryan threw to eight different players, while running back Michael Turner was held to just 42 yards on 18 carries, but did score a touchdown. The turning point in this game came early in the second half when a handoff by Ryan was mishandled and popped right into the hands of Arizona safety Antrel Rolle, who ran the ball back 26 yards for a touchdown. Atlanta's offense appeared to be rattled by the play and never really recovered. Kudos to the outstanding effort this year by Ryan and the Falcons, and kudos to Warner and the Cardinals, who are moving on to Round Two against the Giants (?? -- remains to be seen, pending outcome of Eagles at Vikings) next Sunday.
Home-field advantage finally worked for the Chargers, as they drove for a field goal to tie the score at 17-17 in the waning moments of regulation and, while the Colts' defense suffered major mental lapses in the overtime, San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers engineered a touchdown drive to seal the 23-17 victory. Rivers was 20 of 36 for 217 yards and an interception. But for San Diego, their primary weapon for the night was Darren Sproles, who had 23 carries for 105 yards, five catches for 45 yards, 106 yards on four kickoff returns, and 72 yards running back three punts, a total of 328 all-purpose yards, including the game-winning touchdown. Rivers threw to six different players, Antonio Gates being the most productive with eight catches for 87 yards. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson had five carries for 25 yards, but was only available for about the first half of the game because he was nursing a groin injury. For the Colts, quarterback Peyton Manning was 25 of 42 for 310 yards and one touchdown to receiver Reggie Wayne, who had four catches for 129 yards. Receiver Anthony Gonzalez had six receptions for 97 yards. Manning threw to six different players in the game. Running backs Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes combined for 20 carries and just 56 yards, while Addai did score a touchdown. San Diego won the toss going into the overtime, and the Colts defense appeared to lose its cool, racking up some costly penalties while the Chargers rolled into field goal range before Sproles broke loose on a 22-yard run to score the game winner. In spite of another fine effort from Manning, the Colts couldn't hold it together. Kudos to the Chargers, who move on to Round Two against the
Titans Steelers (forgot about the reseeding -- see posts below!!) next Saturday.
Hey, I guess 1 and 1 isn't so bad. We'll see what happens tomorrow!