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  • Preseason # 1 Thursday, August 7, 2008 – 5:00 PM (MST)

    8701 S. Hardy Drive, Tempe, AZ 85284 Phone: 602-379-0101 Fax: 602-379-1821 www.azcardinals.com

    Mark Dalton – Vice President, Media Relations Mike Helm – Media Relations Coordinator

    mdalton@cardinals.nfl.net 602/379-1720 mhelm@cardinals.nfl.net 602/379-1647 Chris Melvin – Media Relations Manager Nate LoCascio – Media Relations Assistant

    cmelvin@cardinals.nfl.net 602/379-1882 nlocascio@cardinals.nfl.net 602/379-1620

    Arizona Cardinals Football Club

    Game Release

    THE PRESEASON SERIES

    The last preseason contest between the Cardinals and Saints occurred 20 years ago. It was a historic one for the Cardinals organization as it was the first contest for the team after the move from St. Louis to Arizona back in 1988. The Cardinals fell to the Saints 28-33 in the game that launched the franchise’s future in the Valley of the Sun.

    The only other preseason meeting between the Cardinals and the Saints since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger came in 1980, with the Cardinals opening up the preseason in New Orleans and falling 13-17 to the Saints. The Saints are one of four current NFL teams (along with the Lions, Dolphins and Rams) that the Cardinals have yet to defeat in the preseason.

    CARDS-SAINTS PRESEASON SERIES

     Overall Preseason Series: 0-2

     Cardinals on road at OAK: 0-1

     First Meeting: Aug. 09, 1980, @ New Orleans, L, 13-17

     Last Meeting: Aug. 12, 1988, vs. New Orleans, L, 28-33

    THE COACHES Ken Whisenhunt Sean Payton 8-8 Overall Record 18-16 8-8 Regular Season Record 17-15 0-0 Playoff Record 1-1 2

    nd Years as Head Coach in NFL 3

    rd

    2 nd

    Years with team 3 rd

    BROADCAST INFORMATION

    TELEVISION CARDINALS RADIO Network: ESPN Flagship: News Talk 92.3 KTAR Play-by-Play: Mike Tirico Play-by-Play: Dave Pasch Analyst: Tony Kornheiser Analyst: Ron Wolfley Analyst: Ron Jaworski Sideline: Paul Calvisi Sideline: Michele Tafoya

    CARDINALS SPANISH RADIO Flagship: KMIA 710 AM Play-by-Play: Gabriel Trujillo Analyst: Rolando Cantu

    ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-8 in 2007)

    Vs.

    NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-9 in 2007)

    University of Phoenix Stadium

    2008 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

    The Cardinals begin their pursuit of the playoffs with four preseason contests in which they will face one NFC opponent (Saints) and three AFC opponents (Chiefs, Raiders, and Broncos). The Cardinals will face the Broncos for the fifth season in a row and sixth time in the last seven years. The Cardinals will face the Raiders for the fourth time in the last five years. Time/ Date Opponent Location Result

    Aug. 7 New Orleans Saints U. of Phoenix Stadium 5:00 PM Aug. 16 @ Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 5:00 PM Aug. 23 @ Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum 6:00 PM Aug. 29 Denver Broncos Invesco Field 7:00 PM

    THIS WEEK’S GAME

    It’s a matchup of NFC rivals as the Cardinals and Saints go head-to-head on a Thursday night primetime showdown on ESPN.

    Second year Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt returns with both his coaching staff and virtually all the starters on both sides of the ball from a team that nearly made the playoffs in 2007. The Cardinals finished 8-8 in 2007, their best record since 1998. A few players, through both free agency and the draft, were added for competition and depth but the offense returns all 11 starters while the defense returns 10.

    Adding to the foundation Whisenhunt has established in the desert are free agents LB Clark Haggans, DE Travis LaBoy, DT Bryan Robinson and first round draft pick CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who will all push the existing starters for playing time and provide depth.

    The Saints, in their third year under Sean Payton, are coming off a 7-9 season in which they dropped their final two games, ending their late playoff hopes.

    Next week the Cardinals travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs, the 21

    st preseason meeting between the two teams.

    Kickoff is at 5:00 PM.

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  • CARDINALS CATEGORY SAINTS

    8-8 Record 7-9

    404 Points Scored 379

    399 Points Allowed 388

    49 Touchdowns Scored 47

    45 Touchdowns Allowed 44

    9 Rushing TDs 14

    32 Passing TDs 28

    8 Return TDs 5

    13 Rushing TDs Allowed 7

    26 Passing TDs Allowed 32

    6 Return TDs Allowed 5

    24/163 Sacked/Yards Lost 16/109

    27/12 Fumbles/Lost 25/12

    24 Had Intercepted 18

    21/30 Field Goals Made/Attempted 15/22

    344.1 Total Yards Per Game 361.3

    330.2 Opp. Total Yards Per Game 348.1

    90.0 Rushing Yards Per Game 91.6

    97.9 Opp. Rushing Yards Per Game 102.9

    254.1 Passing Yards Per Game 269.6

    232.3 Opp. Passing Yards Per Game 245.3

    -7 Turnover Ratio -7

    30:10 Average Time of Possession 31:09

    12/29/5 NFL Rank-Total Offense/Run/Pass 4/28/3

    17/9/28 NFL Rank-Total Defense/Run/Pass 26/13/30

    0/1 2-Point Conversions 4/5

    @ KC Next Week vs. Hou

    CARDINALS & SAINTS IN 2007 REGULAR SEASON

    CARDS WRITE RECORDS IN ‘05

    TEAM RECORDS Net passing yards: 4,437 (prev: 4,262, 1984) Gross passing yards: 4,723 (prev: 4,639, 1984) Pass attempts: 670 (prev: 613, 1996) Completions: 419 (prev: 347, 1984) Completion percentage: 62.5% (prev: 61.3%, 1984) First downs passing: 224 (prev: 214, 1996) Field goals attempted: 46 (prev: 40, 1996) Field goals made: 43 (prev: 30, 1995)

    INDIVIDUAL RECORDS Receptions: Larry Fitzgerald, 103

    (previous: 101, Larry Centers in ’95 and Boldin in ‘03) Points: Neil Rackers, 140

    (previous: 117, Jim Bakken ’67 & Neil O’Donoghue ’84) Field Goals: Neil Rackers, 40

    (previous: 30, Greg Davis in ‘95) Field Goal Attempts: Neil Rackers, 42

    (previous: 40, Jim Bakken in ’66) Field goal %: Neil Rackers 95.2% (40-42) (previous: 82.4%, Kevin Butler in ’96, 14-17) Consecutive Field Goals: Neil Rackers, 31

    (previous: 11, Greg Davis in ’94 & Bill Gramatica in ‘01 Completion %: Kurt Warner, 64.5% (242-375)

    (previous: 61.7% Steve Beuerlein in ’93, 258- 418) Most consec. 100-yard receiving games: Boldin, 5 (previous: 4, Rob Moore in ’97 & David Boston in ’01)

    CARDS IN PRIME TIME IN 2008 For the second season in a row, the Cardinals will appear on a live national broadcast during the preseason, opening up at home this week vs. the New Orleans Saints in a game that will air live on ESPN.

    Last season, the Cardinals played two games that were broadcast live on NFL Network, hosting the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers.

    This week’s matchup vs. New Orleans will mark the first of three nationally televised games for the Cardinals in 2008. In the next one, the Cardinals will host the San Francisco 49ers on November 10 at University of Phoenix Stadium in a game that will be showcased on ESPN’s ―Monday Night Football.‖ The third prime-time game will come later that month when the Cards head to Philadelphia for a Thanksgiving night game against the Eagles that will be carried by NFL Network. Cardinals-Eagles will be the third game of the NFL’s Thanksgiving triple-header that also includes Tennessee at Detroit and Seattle at Dallas.

    It will be the franchise’s first Thanksgiving game since a 1985 contest at Dallas and this year will mark the first time since 2000 that the Cardinals will appear more than once in prime time.

    CARDINALS & SAINTS - THE LAST TIME

    Saints 31, CARDINALS 24

    December 16, 2007 – Louisiana Superdome – (70,007)

    The Cardinals closed the road portion of their 2007 season at New Orleans in a crucial match-up of 6-7 teams. The winner would stay alive in the NFC Wild Card race while the loser would be all but eliminated. Led by the passing of Drew Brees (26-30, 315 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs) and the rushing of RB Aaron Stecker (95 yards, 2 TDs), the Saints scored on 5 of their 9 offensive possessions to edge the Cardinals by 7. Kurt Warner kept Arizona in it with 3 TD passes and Edgerrin James averaged 5.25 yards on his 16 rushing attempts but two Cardinal turnovers proved costly with each leading to a New Orleans TD. A Saints turnover gave Arizona the game’s first break when Stecker fumbled at the end of a run on the second snap of the day that led to a 1-yard Warner TD pass to TE Troy Bienemann on 4

    th -n-goal. The Saints

    answered with long TD drives on their next two possessions. First Brees capped an 11-play, 81-yard drive with a 19-yard scoring pass to Marques Colston. Then Stecker’s 1-yard dive ended a 13-play drive that gave New Orleans a 7-point lead early in the 2

    nd . Arizona tied it on the next series when Warner and Larry Fitzgerald

    connected on an 18-yard TD pass. Late in the first half, Warner went deep down the middle for Bienemann but the ball bounced from the TE’s hands, hit a defender’s foot and bounced to SS Roman Harper who returned the INT 31 yards to the NO45. The Saints converted the takeaway into points when David Patten hauled in a 32-yard TD pass that put New Orleans up 21-14. On the opening drive of the 2

    nd half, Warner was sacked by LB Scott Fuj