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Cardinals stun Saints with 17 fourth quarter points

Once again, the Saints dominated total yardage but struggled with their kicking game and red zone offense.  This time around, it cost the defending champions a win.

Arizona beat the Saints 30-20 in Glendale, Arizona on the strength of four turnovers and two defensive touchdowns by the Cardinals.  (The second defensive score ended the scoring with time running out.)  Drew Brees threw three interceptions, but it was New Orleans’ struggles near the stripe that killed them.

On 13 plays in the red zone, the Saints gained 22 yards.  John Carney missed a short field goal.  Their passing attack finally uncorked some big plays and dominated the ball, but mistakes did them in.

Cardinalls undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall was uneven in his first career start, but he showed a lot of toughness.  Hall took some massive hits and appeared to hurt his knee and foot at different points. He played through it and completed 17-of-27 passes for 168 yards and an interception.

Compared to Derek Anderson, that’s progress.
 
The Saints have to regroup and find a way to score more points. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are sitting pretty heading into their bye.

Despite some awful efforts on the road, they are 3-2.  As ESPN’s Mike Sando points out, they are the only NFC West team with a road victory and they don’t have a division loss yet.

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23 Responses to “Cardinals stun Saints with 17 fourth quarter points”
  1. LarryFitzgerald4MVP says: Oct 10, 2010 7:43 PM

    Playoffs are realistic, the team has been without 2 of its 3 best WRs early this season, and Hall will improve with experience. Given a particularaly weak schedule, AZ could squeak out 9-10 wins.

  2. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Oct 10, 2010 7:44 PM

    WHO DAT! WHO DAT! WHO DAT THINK DEY GONNA BEAT DEM SAINTS! WHO DAT! WHO DAT! WHO DAT THINK DEY GONNA BEAT DEM SAINTS! WHO DAT! WHO DAT! WHO DAT THINK DEY GONNA BEAT DEM SAINTS!

  3. PurpleNGold says: Oct 10, 2010 7:46 PM

    BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA!

  4. TailgateHeaven says: Oct 10, 2010 7:55 PM

    1 timeout and needing 2 scores with 6 min to go is no time for huddling and complacency. Brain-dead move….flat out! Play calling sucked overall also…flat out. Mr Payton is showing signs of his regressive self of 2 and 3 years ago.
    Rooks and wayward fillins ain’t getting it done.
    Good season to be average in the 1st half of the season though. Sucking is not a strong enuff word for my Saints right now.

  5. cusoman says: Oct 10, 2010 7:57 PM

    Who dat? Tree (3) dat… interceptions that is.
    Saints are showing their true overrated colors.

  6. edgy1957 says: Oct 10, 2010 8:00 PM

    Yes, Greg but NO TRIPS into the endzone. 21 defensive points and 3 FG for the “offense.” I don’t care how you spin it, the Max Hall Era hasn’t been any better than the so-called Captain Check Down BS that people labeled Leinart with.

  7. tig 0 bitties says: Oct 10, 2010 8:01 PM

    wow didn’t see this one coming.

  8. Reggie'sBush says: Oct 10, 2010 8:08 PM

    my team looks horrible. The coaching is not the same, not as aggresive.
    4th n 2 down 2 scores and you punt… Brees checking down to Betts every play gaining 0 yards.
    4 minutes left at the 30 or so yardline running the ball, despite being down 2 scores and only 1 timeout… Having Carney do the onside kick, meanwhile Moorestead had a successful onside kick in the freaking Superbowl…
    I will say we are extremely dinged up… No Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sharper, Tracy Porter or Will Smith.

  9. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2010 8:09 PM

    All is NOT well with the Saints, it’s plain to see.

  10. mikemcsaint says: Oct 10, 2010 8:11 PM

    Amazing, Viking fans on a Saints post taking shots as them. They sucked today for sure but we beat the 1-2 overrated Vikings already.

  11. bump says: Oct 10, 2010 8:26 PM

    to me it looks like brees under throwing balls ,, maybe something more to it than his knee ,, and they are missing a few important players ,, good thing it’s early in the season

  12. cdr400 says: Oct 10, 2010 8:28 PM

    “Yes, Greg but NO TRIPS into the endzone. 21 defensive points and 3 FG for the “offense.” I don’t care how you spin it, the Max Hall Era hasn’t been any better than the so-called Captain Check Down BS that people labeled Leinart with.” Whatever. Matty never led the Cardinals to any sort of substantial scoring drive. At least Max did something Derek and Matty could not and did not do – lead the team down the field and proclaim victory against a better team. Also, Max didn’t lay out his WRs to get killed, a la Matty and Derek.

  13. Real Football Fan says: Oct 10, 2010 8:54 PM

    edgy1957,
    Six weeks later, and you’re still here waving the flag for Leinart….he’s gone, get over it. The difference you want to overlook is that Max Hall’s a rookie, who may or may not be any good whereas Leinart is a 3rd string bust for Houston who demonstrated repeatedly when given the chance that he can’t play.
    What did he do to get this kind of devotion, buy the weed and beer at the keg parties for you or let you screw a couple of the girls that weren’t tens and he’d blown off back in the day?
    Next thing you know, some guy will be here telling us how the Raiders screwed over Jamarcus Russell or that the Chargers never gave Ryan Leaf a fair shake.

  14. 8man says: Oct 10, 2010 8:56 PM

    Tough to take the mountain. Tougher to keep it. Which makes this type of game even more coincidental. The Cardinals had no offensive touchdowns! Bizarre!
    Until someone else wins the Lombardi Trophy they are the reigning champs and it would be presumptious and premature to throw any dirt on them.
    They have come back to the pack. That doesn’t mean they still aren’t the best in it.
    Memo to Saints fans: delete this game from your DVR and toss in the DVD for Super Bowl 44. Watch until your hyper ventilation eases and normal breathing is restored. Lather, rinse, repeat.

  15. Laxer37 says: Oct 10, 2010 9:04 PM

    Two words – Madden curse

  16. jonnyb says: Oct 10, 2010 9:05 PM

    No more NFL holding your hand in every game and look whats happening? Way to funny. There really should be Asterisk next to saints Superbowl win.

  17. dr4iz says: Oct 10, 2010 9:08 PM

    The Saints are who we thought they are…shitty.

  18. PurpleNGold says: Oct 10, 2010 9:21 PM

    @ mikemcsaint
    BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
    ha

  19. edgy1957 says: Oct 10, 2010 9:24 PM

    Real Football Fan says:
    edgy1957,
    Six weeks later, and you’re still here waving the flag for Leinart.
    *******************
    No, I’m not. I’m just laughing my ass off at a coach who has doesn’t have the common sense that God gave to the ant. He got lucky that his defense was a able to come up with points for the team, otherwise, it would have been a rout for the Saints.

  20. scra22 says: Oct 10, 2010 9:35 PM

    LOL at the 1-2 Vikings fans in here. Even if you win tomorrow you’re still behind the Saints. And we beat you twice in a row. Way to go.
    Fact is… we’re missing Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Tracy Porter, Will Smith, Darren Sharper… and they’re all coming back! We didn’t lose a single one of them for the season!
    —————-
    “# cusoman says: October 10, 2010 7:57 PM
    Who dat? Tree (3) dat… interceptions that is.
    Saints are showing their true overrated colors.”
    Cusoman, that overrated team beat yours just a month ago. And you know you’d trade Favre for Drew Brees and his 3 ints in a nanosecond. Don’t even pretend otherwise.

  21. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Oct 10, 2010 9:36 PM

    # jonnyb says: October 10, 2010 9:05 PM
    No more NFL holding your hand in every game and look whats happening? Way to funny. There really should be Asterisk next to saints Superbowl win.
    —————————————————–
    Are you retarded?

  22. scra22 says: Oct 10, 2010 9:41 PM

    # jonnyb says: October 10, 2010 9:05 PM
    No more NFL holding your hand in every game and look whats happening? Way to funny. There really should be Asterisk next to saints Superbowl win.
    ======
    Oh yeah, that #1 offense, #4 offensive line, #6 rushing offense, and #3 defensive turnover production was the NFL holding our hand. The #1 scoring offense in the league had help from the NFL all those times they destroyed other team. Grow up. Vikings fans shouldn’t be allowed Internet access.

  23. mikemcsaint says: Oct 10, 2010 10:01 PM

    PurpleNGold, 3-2 to 1-2 which record is better?

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