Cardinals 27, Falcons 13
Carson Palmer overcame a rough start and yet another interception to throw two touchdowns as the Arizona Cardinals put a beating on the Atlanta Falcons. He threw a season-low 18 passes, completing 13 of them for 172 yards and racked up a season-high 116.0 passer rating.
Rookie running back Andre Ellington led the way Sunday, setting season highs with 15 carries and 154 yards (10.3 yards per carry), including an 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He started in place of the injured Rashard Mendenhall, showing why he should be given the bulk of the carries.
He has officially been freed. The #FreeEllington Twitter hash tag can finally rest in peace.
Arizona's defense also came to play, as they picked off Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan four times—this after forcing five interceptions of Ryan in last year's loss.
Ryan led multiple long drives but fell short of getting his team into the end zone until it was too late. He threw an interception on Atlanta's first three second-half possessions, which ultimately doomed his team.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez was held in check as well. The future Hall of Famer caught only three passes for 26 yards (8.7 yards per carry) and was held out of the end zone. The trend continues: When the Cardinals keep tight ends out of the end zone, they win (now 4-0); when a tight end scores a touchdown, they lose (0-4).