The New Orleans Saints offense produced 21 first quarter points on their way to demolishing the Arizona Cardinals 45-14 Saturday in the Superdome. Drew Brees completed 23 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Reggie Bush racked up 84 yards and a TD from the ground in just five attempts.
The atmosphere supplied by Saints fans gave a clear advantage towards their home squad in the midst of domination. “There’s no fan base that deserves a championship more than New Orleans and the Who-dat nation,” said Brees. “Just the bond that we have with them is special. They give us strength. They give us motivation, and we want to do it for them.”
Kurt Warner and company struggled to find any sort of momentum this time around after posting 51 total points against the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round. Warner has been considering retirement but would like to have the next couple of weeks to really weigh in his options before coming to a final decision.
“Obviously, as I’ve said a million times, I’ve thought about it a lot and have over the last couple years,” said Warner. “I have some ideas in my head, but again, you want to get away from the season for a minute and make sure everything you’re feeling stays that way.” The Saints will now host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday for the NFC Championship.
Following last weekend’s hard fought 51-45 OT victory over the Green Bay Packers back home in Glendale, the Arizona Cardinals (10-6) are rightfully fired up to take on the New Orleans Saints (13-3) in the NFC Divisional round Sunday at the Superdome. Arizona fans shouldn’t be shocked to witness another offensive heavy battle from both sides of the field, as Drew Brees and the Saints have ranked #1 in total yards gained in three of the past four seasons.
“Everybody thinks this is going to be an offensive shootout,” said Brees. “Obviously, I hope that we score a lot of points, but in the end, you have two defenses that play with a lot of confidence and play with a lot of pride, and I’m sure that they would have something to say about this.”
The contest will mark the first ever post-season meeting between the Cardinals and Saints. Kurt Warner last battled in Drew’s stomping grounds in 2007 when New Orleans continued on to take the 31-24 advantage. In that game the two veteran QB’s threw for a combined total of 548 yards and five touchdowns. Saints vs. Cardinals tickets are now available!
Veteran QB Kurt Warner outdueled Aaron Rodgers yesterday in Glendale as the Arizona Cardinals went on to defeat the Green Bay Packers 51-45, advancing them through to the Divisional Round next weekend against the NFC leading New Orleans Saints. Warner completed 29 of 33 throws for 379 yards and five touchdowns.
“We knew how tough it was going to be on our defense with all the weapons they have offensively and how they’ve been playing,” said Warner after racking up more TD’s than incomplete passes. “It was just one of those games where I felt great. I loved our playing. I felt like I was seeing everything well and it accumulates to 51 points.”
The Packers evened the score at 45 with 1:52 left in regulation. From there Warner rallied the Cardinals back up field for a chance to win, only for Neil Rackers to miss a 34 yard FG attempt wide left. Things were looking up for Green Bay heading into OT after winning the coin toss. Three plays later the Arizona defense forced a fumble and coasted into the end zone to live another day.
When asked about future retirement decisions, Warner stayed focused on the task at hand, saying “right now it’s about another playoff game. It’s about New Orleans and then we’ll go from there.” Saints vs. Cardinals tickets are now available!
The Green Bay Packers (11-5) will prepare to repeat their last performance against the Arizona Cardinals (10-6) at University of Phoenix Stadium this Sunday, January 10th at 4:40 PM. The contest will mark the third rematch from just one week ago. The Patriots vs. Ravens and Cowboys vs. Eagles are the other upcoming featured rematches. Many have questioned Packers head coach Mike McCarthy’s decision to leave his starters in last week knowing the squad had already solidified a Wild Card spot.
“We’re the youngest team in the league for the fourth year in a row.” said McCarthy following their 33-7 romping. “Our goal as a coaching staff was to keep these guys on track and get as much momentum and confidence going into the playoffs, because the other teams that we’re going to be competing against have more experience.”
Green Bay has dominated the Cardinals two different times this season by a total of 54 points. QB Aaron Rodgers has led his team to win seven of their last eight. The Packers shouldn’t be too sure of themselves on Sunday as they enter a new type of game atmosphere against experienced veteran opponents between Kurt Warner and the rest of the 2008-2009 NFC champs. Packers vs. Cardinals tickets are now available right here at Ace!
Sunday’s matchups featured a handful of surprises to shake up the standings heading into the remaining weeks of the 2009 regular season. QB Bruce Gradkowski threw for 308 yards and three TD’s as the Oakland Raiders won over the Pittsburgh Steelers by 3. The Arizona Cardinals held Brett Favre and the Vikings offense to 17 points while posting up 30 themselves. The Dolphins caused trouble in the AFC East after defeating the New England Patriots yesterday in Miami. Following a pair of thrilling contests against the Redskins and Titans, the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts are still perfect with 12-0 records. Check Week 12 scores below.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009New York Jets 19, Buffalo Bills 13 – New York produced the bulk of their points in the first half to take the division battle by 6.
Sunday, December 6th, 2009Philadelphia Eagles 34, Atlanta Falcons 7 – Michael Vick picked up two TD’s as the Eagles dominated his former team through all four quarters.
Chicago Bears 17, St Louis Rams 9 – The Rams failed to get anything going in the red zone, forcing Josh Brown to really go to work with a few field goals.
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Detroit Lions 13 – Cincinnati scored 17 in the second quarter alone as rookie Stafford struggled to march his Lions down field.
Indianapolis Colts 27, Tennessee Titans 17 – Peyton Manning led the high power Colts offense with 24 completions and 270 yards.
Denver Broncos 44, Kansas City Chiefs 13 – Denver RB Correll Buckhalter ran for 113 yards from just 12 carries.
Miami Dolphins 22, New England Patriots 21 – The Dolphins took control in the final minutes with a field goal to pull ahead by 1.
Oakland Raiders 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 24 – Oakland came up with 21 fourth quarter points to rally back and seal the victory.
New Orleans Saints 33, Washington Redskins – Washington was close to playing spoiler against Saints perfection, testing them in their first overtime period of the year.
Carolina Panthers 16, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 – Carolina’s defense held the Bucs to just two field goals at Bank of America Stadium.
Jacksonville Jaguars 23, Houston Texans 18 – The Jaguars scored 20 first half points, advancing them to 7-5 for the season.
San Diego Chargers 30, Cleveland Browns 23 – Philip Rivers threw for 373 yards and 2 TD’s from 18 completions.
New York Giants 31, Dallas Cowboys 24 – New York wrapped the contest with 10 fourth quarter points to take over this week’s featured shootout.
Seattle Seahawks 20, San Francisco 49ers 17 – Olino Mare sent one through the uprights for the Seahawks to win in the final seconds.
Arizona Cardinals 30, Minnesota Vikings 17 – Kurt Warner outdueled Favre in his return with 285 yards and 3 TD’s from 22 passes completed.
Monday, December 7th, 2009Green Bay Packers 27, Baltimore Ravens 14 - Aaron Rodgers threw for 263 yards and 3 TD’s as the Packers claimed their fourth consecutive victory.
All NFL organizations have officially found success at least once this regular season, following the Buccaneers first win this week over the Green Bay Packers. The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints remained perfect after a pair of hard fought games. The Panthers were up on the Saints until they surged back with 24 second half points to win. Indianapolis edged the Texans after a missed field goal in the final seconds. Check for week 9 highlights and scores below.
Sunday, November 8, 2009Atlanta Falcons 31, Washington Redskins 17 – The Falcons started off with two TD’s in the first quarter and held on from there to collect their fifth win of the season.
Arizona Cardinals 41, Chicago Bears 21 – Kurt Warner was spectacular Sunday with five TD’s and 261 yards passing from 22 total completions.
Cincinnati Bengals 17, Baltimore Ravens 7 – The Bengals defense earned game MVP rights as a unit, holding the Ravens scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Indianapolis Colts 20, Houston Texans 17 - The quest for the undefeated season is still alive for the Colts after a Texans missed field goal to potentially tie the game in the final seconds.
New England Patriots 27, Miami Dolphins 17 – Tom Brady led his squad past Miami with 332 yards and a crucial touchdown pass to Randy Moss.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, Green Bay Packers 28 – Tampa Bay scored 21 fourth quarter points to battle past the Green Bay Packers and claim their first victory of the season.
Jacksonville Jaguars 24, Kansas City Chiefs 21 – Kansas City sparked a late game comeback, but limited time was allowed as the Jags held on by three points.
Seattle Seahawks 32, Detroit Lions 20 – Matt Hasselbeck racked up 329 yards and a TD from 39 passes completed.
New Orleans Saints 30, Carolina Panthers 20 – The Saints fought their way back in the second half, moving their record to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.
San Diego Chargers 21, New York Giants 20 – San Diego put up a TD late in the game to hand New York their fourth straight loss.
Tennessee Titans 34, San Francisco 49ers 27 – Tennessee dominated the second half with 24 second half points to coast by the 49ers.
Dallas Cowboys 20, Philadelphia Eagles 16 – Tony Romo threw for 307 yards and a TD as the Cowboys defense came together and held McNabb and the Eagles to just 3 points in the final quarter.
Monday, November 9, 2009Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Denver Broncos 10 – The Steelers scored two TD’s in the fourth quarter to wrap things up in Denver, handing the Broncos their second straight loss of the season
Bye Week Teams: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders. St Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets
The Conference Championships are over, and the matchup for the 2009 Superbowl is set. The Arizona Cardinals capitalized on Philadelphia’s mistakes to win the NFC Championship 32-25. Behind the stellar defensive play of Troy Polamalu, the Steelers contained Ravens’ rookie QB Joe Flacco. The Steelers’ 23-14 win puts them in the Super Bowl for the second time in 4 years. This is the first Super Bowl appearance, and second Championship game (the Chicago Cards won the 1947 meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles).
The 2009 Super Bowl will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on February 1st, 2009. Super Bowl Tickets are available now!
The second round of the 2008-2009 NFL playoffs is over!
Saturday, January 10th
Baltimore 13 – Tennessee 10: Baltimore stunned the Titans, after a controversial first down. With the play clock seemingly expired, Baltimore made a first down followed by a Rob Bironas field goal to lock up the win.
Arizona 33 – Carolina 13: Jake Delhomme’s five interceptions put the game out of reach for the Panthers.
Sunday, January 11th
Philadelphia 23 – New York Giants 11: Donovan McNabb and the Eagles overcame a 92-yard showing by Brandon Jacobs to move on to the NFC Championship game.
Pittsburgh 35 – San Diego 24: Willie Parker had a monster day, racking up 146 yards and two touchdowns. San Diego was without star running back LaDanian Tomlinson again.
Championship Week Schedule:
Sunday January 18th. 3:00pm
Philadephia @ Arizona6:30pm
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For the second consecutive week, the New England Patriots played like the 2007 squad. The Pats held veteran QB Kurt Warner to just 30 passing yards (186 total yards for the team) while racking up 514 yards of their own. Matt Cassell had another impressive outing, going 20-36 for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns. Randy Moss, Wess Welker, and Kevin Fault all caught TD’s, while LaMont Jordan had both of New England’s rushing TD’s.
The Patriots playoff hopes are still alive. If the Patriots can win their final game of the season, here are the playoff scenarios:
If the Ravens lose in week 17, the Patriots would take the AFC Wild Card.
If the Jets beat the Dolphins next week, the Patriots would win the hotly-contested AFC East.
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