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  • Game #1 Monday, September 10, 2007 – 7:15 PM (MST)

    Arizona Cardinals Football Club

    Game Release


    The Cardinals open the 2006 regular season this week with a home game against their NFC West foe San Francisco 49ers.

    This week’s game marks the first time since moving to the Valley in 1988 that the Cardinals have opened with a week one home game. Since 1970, the Cardinals regular season opener has been on the road 27 of 35 times.

    The Cards enter the 2006 regular season after going 2-2 in the preseason. The Cards dropped their preseason finale 29-23 to the Denver Broncos. The 49ers also ended the preseason at 2- 2 after a 23-14 preseason finale win over the San Diego Chargers.

    At halftime of this week’s game the Cardinals will induct Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson in the team’s Ring of Honor. Wilson spent 43 years with the team, both as a player and executive.

    The Cardinals and 49ers will meet again on December 24 th in

    San Francisco.




    Monster Park

    THE COACHES Ken Whisenhunt Mike Nolan 0-0 Overall Record 11-21 0-0 Regular Season Record 11-21 0-0 Playoff Record 0-0 1

    st Years as Head Coach in NFL 3


    1 st Years with team 3


    0-0 Head-to-Head 0-0 0-0 vs. Opponent 0-4


    TELEVISION CARDINALS RADIO ESPN KTAR 620 AM, News 92.3 FM Play-by-Play: Mike Greenberg Play-by-Play: Dave Pasch Color Analyst: Mike Ditka Color Analyst: Ron Wolfley Mike Golic Sideline: Paul Calvisi Sideline: Bonnie Bernstein

    CBS RADIO SPORTS CARDINALS SPANSIH RADIO Westwood One Flagship: KMIA 710 AM Play-By-Play: Marv Albert Play-By-Play: Gabriel Trujillo Color Analyst: Kevin Kiley Color Analyst: Luis Zendejas Pre-Game/Halftime: Jim Gray Rolando Cantu

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

    Mark Dalton – Vice President of Media Relations Mike Helm – Media Relations Coordinator 602/379-1720 602/379-1647

    Chris Melvin – Media Relations Manager Nate LoCascio – Media Relations Assistant 602/379-1882 602/379-1620


    The Cardinals open the regular season on Monday Night Football for the first time in franchise history when they travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers. The Cardinals-49ers game is the second part of a MNF double-header for ESPN, which is airing Baltimore at Cincinnati at 4:00 PM (MST) Arizona will be appearing on MNF for the 18

    th time in team

    history. The Cardinals last appeared on MNF last year when they hosted the Chicago Bears on October 16, suffering a 24-23 defeat. The Cardinals first appearance on MNF was on November 16, 1970 when they traveled to Dallas and defeated the Cowboys 38-0.

    The Cardinals face the 49ers in the opener for the second consecutive year. In 2006, the 49ers visited Arizona for the first regular season game played at University of Phoenix Stadium, with the Cardinals winning 34-27.

    CARDINALS 2007 SCHEDULE All times MST (Arizona)

    Preseason Date Opponent Result Time/Result Saturday, August 11 at Oakland Raiders L, 23-27 Saturday, August 18 vs. Houston Texans L, 20-33 Saturday, August 25 vs. San Diego Chargers L, 31-33 Thursday, August 30 at Denver Broncos L, 21-3 Regular Season Date Opponent Time/Result Monday, September 10 at San Francisco 49ers 7:20 PM Sunday, September 16 vs. Seattle Seahawks 1:05 PM Sunday, September 23 at Baltimore Ravens 10:00 AM Sunday, September 30 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1:15 PM Sunday, October 7 at St. Louis Rams 10:00 AM Sunday, October 14 vs. Carolina Panthers 1:05 PM Sunday, October 21 at Washington Redskins 10:00 AM 1:15 PM Sunday, October 28 BYE Sunday, November 4 at Tampa Bay Bucanners 11:00 AM Sunday, November 11 vs. Detroit Lions 2:15 PM Sunday, November 18 at Cincinnati Bengals 11:00 AM Sunday, November 25 vs. San Francisco 49ers 2:05 PM Sunday, December 2 vs. Cleveland Browns 2:05 PM Sunday, December 9 at Seattle Seahawks 2:05 PM Sunday, December 16 at New Orleans Saints 11:00 AM Sunday, December 23 vs. Atlanta Falcons 2:05 PM Sunday, December 30 vs. St. Louis Rams 2:15 PM # Denotes Monday Night Football * May be moved to Sunday Night Football


    Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Strk

    Seattle 9 7 335 341 5-3 4-4 3-3 1W St. Louis 8 8 367 381 4-4 4-4 2-4 3W San Francisco 7 9 298 412 3-5 3-5 3-3 1W Arizona 5 11 314 389 2-6 2-6 4-2 1L


    Date Opponent Result Attn.

    Oct. 16, 2006 vs. Chicago L, 23-24 63,977 Sept. 27, 1999 vs. San Francisco L, 10-24 70,993 Dec. 25, 1995 vs. Dallas L, 13-37 72,394 Sept. 12, 1988 vs. Dallas L, 14-17 67,139 Sept. 29, 1986 vs. Dallas L, 7-31 49,077 Nov. 4, 1985 vs. Dallas W, 21-10 49,337 Oct. 7, 1985 at Washington L, 10-27 53, 134 Oct. 24, 1983 vs. NY Giants T, 20-20 45,530 Nov. 14, 1977 at Dallas W, 24-17 63,038 Oct. 31, 1977 vs. NY Giants W, 28-0 50,323 Oct. 25, 1976 at Washington L, 10-20 48,325 Oct. 13, 1975 at Washington L, 17-27 54,693 Nov. 11, 1974 vs. Minnesota L, 24-28 50,183 Nov. 27, 1972 at Miami L, 10-31 80,010 Nov. 15, 1971 at San Diego L, 17-20 46,486 Sept. 27, 1971 vs. NY Jets W, 17-10 50,358 Nov. 16, 1970 at Dallas W, 38-0 69,232


    Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin made a big splash in his Monday Night debut in 2006. When the Chicago Bears paid a visit to the Cards at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 16, the fifth-year pro helped make up for the absence of fellow Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald by hauling in a career-high 12 receptions for a game-high 136 yards and a TD in a 24-23 loss to the eventual NFC Champions. Boldin’s only other appearance in a primetime game was the 2005 Sunday night contest against the 49ers that took place in Mexico City in front of an NFL record 103,467 fans. That game marked the first time that Boldin and Fitzgerald would both go over 100 yards receiving in the same game (Boldin 8-116 yds, TD; Fitzgerald 7-102 yds, TD). They have now accomplished that feat five times.


    The Cardinals have been on MNF 17 times since 1970 and have a 5-11-1 record in those games. Since moving to the Valley, the Cards have only played on Monday night only three times. In 2005, five teams appeared on MNF three times: Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

    The 49ers have now been the Cardinals opponent in two of their last three primetime games. Before hosting Chicago on MNF on October 16

    th of last year, the Cardinals traveled to

    Mexico City to face the 49ers in front of a record 103,467 people on a nationally televised Sunday Night game on October 2, 2005. That game started the Cardinals current four-games winning streak over the 49ers. The Cardinals-49ers game will be the first for the broadcasting team of Mike Greenberg, Mile Golic and Mike Ditka. Bonnie Bernstein will be reporting from the sidelines


    It is not just players who get excited to play on Monday Night Football. Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt will be making his head coaching debut on MNF and recently shared his memories of watching Monday Night Football growing up. “When I was a kid I remembered watching Monday night games,” said Whisenhunt. “Being on the east coast, the games didn’t end until after midnight so I could only watch the first half.” “But I always remember hoping it could get to that last situation right before the half where they throw the ball deep, throw the long bomb. That’s what I was always excited for. I was excited for the big play, because it seemed like there was so much more excitement about it.” “I have played in a number of Monday night games and coached in a number of Monday night games and the atmosphere is as close to a playoff-type atmosphere as you can get.” FIRST TIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    A Monday Night Football appearance is always special for NFL players. The chance to play in primetime in front of a national audience is a big opportunity.

    It will be especially memorable for the 12 Cardinal players who have never been part of MNF before.

    Those players include: WR Steve Breaston G Lyle Sendlein P Mike Barr DE Quentin Moses FB Tim Castille T Levi Brown TE Tim Euhus DT Alan Branch FS Terrence Holt TE Troy Bienneman


    Since entering the league in 1999, Edgerrin James has played in eight Monday Night Football games and totaled 811 yards. In that span, only one other player, Ahman Green, has totaled more yards and Green has played in six more games than James.

    MNF RUSHING YARDS SINCE 1999 Player G Att. Yds Avg TD

    Ahman Green 14 266 1,182 4.4 10 Edgerrin James 8 217 811 3.7 8

    Curtis Martin 10 182 704 3.9 7 Warrick Dunn 8 123 649 5.3 4 Marshall Faulk 13 177 642 3.6 7

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