Rookie tailback Andre Ellington made his first NFL start a memorable one by rushing for 154 yards on 15 carries, including an 80-yard scamper in the second quarter. Veteran Rashard Mendenhall, the usual starter, missed the contest with a toe injury.
The victory lifted the Red Birds to 4-4 entering their bye week. They won just five games all last season.
The hapless Falcons slipped to 2-5 in what has become a disastrous season for Atlanta. Their playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy.
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 48 yards and a TD and became the youngest player in NFL history to have 800 receptions in his career. The All-Pro is 30 years and 57 days of age. Congratulations to a very classy player.
Arizona's underrated defense was spectacular, intercepting Falcons QB Matt Ryan four times and sacking him four other times. He was under pressure all game long as the Red Birds constantly swarmed to the ball. Rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu grabbed one of Arizona's four picks. Rashad Johnson had two, while Daryl Washington added the other interception.
Michael Floyd scored Arizona's other TD on a 15-yard scoring strike from quarterback Carson Palmer (13-18, 172 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT).
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