Kurt Warner broke the NFL record for completion percentage for a single game, connecting on 24 of 26 passes for 243 yards and 2 TDs as the Arizona Cardinals dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars en route to a 31-17 road drubbing on Sunday. Arizona played nearly flawless football for three quarters, building a 31-3 lead the Jaguars could only begin to overcome in garbage time.
Coming off of a Week 1 game that saw the Offense completely out of sync, the Warner-led Cardinals responded by putting together a balanced attack that was effective across the board. Tim Hightower had 72 yards on 15 carries and a TD, and Beanie Wells flashed his immense potential by gaining 44 on only 7 carries. If it weren’t for Wells fumbling the ball twice, he may have had many more chances.
It helped that in this game Steve Breaston was able to come back from injury, leading the team in receiving yards with 83 on 5 catches, while an almost fully healthy Anquan Boldin led the team in receptions with 8 for 69 yards. Larry Fitzgerald chipped in 4 for 34 and a TD.
The Defense added to its strong Week 1 performance by playing even better. The team harassed Jaguars QB David Garrard all day, collecting four more sacks on the year, and added two pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and an interception. The play of the day came when Calais Campbell used his 6′8″ frame to block a field goal attempt which sent the ball skyward, only to end up in the hands of Antrel Rolle who weaved his way for an 83-yard touchdown.
With the impressive victory, the Cardinals answered many burning questions, and even exorcised some demons in the process: They can engineer a juggernaut playoff-caliber Offense without Todd Haley calling plays, they can put up solid back to back Defensive efforts at least two games in a row, they can win on the road on the East Coast even if it is an early game, and the Super Bowl hangover, at least for them, is a myth.
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