The Stat Line of the Night – 11/08/09 – Kurt Warner
Last week’s game at home against the Carolina Panthers was nothing short of a nightmare for Kurt Warner. The Cardinals’ quarterback has awful, throwing five interceptions during a 34-21 loss. Most expected it would be Warner’s counterpart, Jake Delhomme, putting up those kinds of numbers, leaving several question marks surrounding how the 38-year-old veteran would respond this week on the road in Chicago. Those questions were answered early and often, much to the delight of Cards fans everywhere.
Warner didn’t waste much time, taking his team down the field on their opening drive and eventually hitting his go-to target, Larry Fitzgerald, for an 11-yard touchdown. That was just the beginning as he would connect on touchdown passes to Ben Patrick, Fitzgerald, and Anthony Becht during each of his team’s next three possessions, putting the Cardinals up 28-7 late in the second quarter.
Warner would remain rather quiet for most of the second half, but with the Bears closing the gap to 34-21, Warner found Steve Breaston in the end zone to seal the 41-21 victory. He would finish the game 22 of 32 for 261 yards and a remarkable 5 touchdowns.
What’s the best way to get over a five interception game? Coming back the next week with a five touchdown game, earning him “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Sunday, November 8, 2009 in the process.
With the win, Arizona now finds themselves two games clear of both the 49ers and the Seahawks in the battle for top spot in the NFC West. That may appear to be quite the comfortable lead, but with Cardinals season’s often resembling a roller coaster due to the several ups and downs, no lead should ever be considered safe. however, even without Anquan Boldin in the line-up, Arizona’s offense once again looked potent and they will need that to continue if they wish to get a shot at Super Bowl redemption.