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  • Game # 11 Sunday, November 29, 2009 – 2:15 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

    THE COACHES Ken Whisenhunt Jeff Fisher 27-19 Overall Record 143-113 24-18 Regular Season Record 132-108 3-1 Playoff Record 11-5 3rd Years as Head Coach in NFL 16th 3rd Years with team 16th

    BROADCAST INFORMATION TELEVISION CARDINALS RADIO Network: FOX Flagship: Sports 620 KTAR Play-by-Play: Sam Rosen Play-by-Play: Dave Pasch Analyst: Tim Ryan Analyst: Ron Wolfley

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

    ARIZONA CARDINALS (7-3)

    vs.

    TENNESSEE TITANS (4-6)

    LP Field

    THIS WEEK’S GAME The Cardinals will make their first-ever appearance in Nashville and play just their second game ever against the Tennessee Titans. The Cards have won three in a row and six of their last seven. They enter Sunday’s game at 7-3, the same mark they had a year ago at the same point. Arizona enjoys a three-game lead atop the NFC West and has been very strong away from home in ’09. They are 5-0 on the road for the first time since 1948 and join the Colts & Saints as the NFL’s only undefeated road teams. The most recent Cardinals road win was a 21-13 decision last Sunday in St. Louis, their 6th straight win against the Rams. Kurt Warner improved to 26-4 as a starter at the Edward Jones Dome and had Arizona up 21-3 before exiting late in the 2nd quarter with a head injury. RB Tim Hightower had a career-best 110 rushing yards, Beanie Wells ran for another 74 yards and a TD, and the Cards gained a season-high 183 rushing yards. They rolled up 400 yards of offense for the 3rd straight game, the team’s first such streak since 1969. Like the Cards, the Titans are coming off a win in a city they once called home and are riding a hot streak. Rob Bironas’ 53-yard FG with 0:47 left gave TEN a 20-17 win at Houston. It was the team’s 4th straight victory after starting 0-6, making them the first team in NFL history to accomplish that. Arizona will return home next week to face the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings (9-1). On Tuesday, it was announced that next week’s Cards- Vikings game has been flexed onto NBC’s Sunday Night Football, moving the start from 2:15 to 6:20 PM (MST).

    ARIZONA CARDINALS 2009 SEASON SCHEDULE

    Regular Season Sun., Sep. 13 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS L, 16-20 Sun., Sep. 20 @ Jacksonville Jaguars W, 31-17 Sun., Sep. 27 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS & L, 10-31 Sun., Oct. 4 BYE Sun., Oct. 11 HOUSTON TEXANS W, 28-21 Sun., Oct. 18 @ Seattle Seahawks W, 27-3 Sun., Oct. 25 @ New York Giants & W, 24-17 Sun., Nov. 1 CAROLINA PANTHERS L, 21-34 Sun., Nov. 8 @ Chicago Bears W, 41-21 Sun., Nov. 15 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS W, 31-20 Sun., Nov. 22 @ St. Louis Rams W, 21-13 Sun., Nov. 29 @ Tennessee Titans 2:15 PM Sun., Dec. 6 MINNESOTA VIKINGS & 6:20 PM Mon., Dec. 14 @ San Francisco 49ers # 6:30 PM Sun., Dec. 20 @ Detroit Lions * 11:00 AM Sun., Dec. 27 ST. LOUIS RAMS * 2:05 PM Sun., Jan. 3 GREEN BAY PACKERS* 2:15 PM # Monday night on ESPN & Sunday night on NBC * Subject to flexible scheduling decisions

    2009 NFC WEST STANDINGS The Cardinals won their first NFC West title in 2008, finishing the season with a perfect 6-0 record in the division.

    The Cardinals 21-13 victory over the Rams last week, coupled with losses by the 49ers and Seahawks, gives the Cardinals a three-game lead in the NFC West with six weeks remaining in the season.

    Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Arizona 7 3 250 197 2-3 5-0 3-1 San Francisco 4 6 208 210 3-2 1-4 3-0 Seattle 3 7 196 233 3-2 0-5 1-3 St. Louis 1 9 113 270 0-5 1-4 0-3

    Arizona Cardinals Football Club Game Release

  • CARDINALS CATEGORY TITANS 7-3 Record 4-6 250 Points Scored 209 197 Points Allowed 272 31 Touchdowns Scored 23 23 Touchdowns Allowed 33 9 Rushing TDs 12

    20 Passing TDs 8 2 Return TDs 3 7 Rushing TDs Allowed 8

    15 Passing TDs Allowed 25 1 Return TDs Allowed 0

    17/137 Sacked/Yards Lost 7/46 18/9 Fumbles/Lost 18/10 12 Had Intercepted 10

    11/12 Field Goals Made/Attempted 16/20 364.1 Total Yards Per Game 333.2 350.4 Opp. Total Yards Per Game 375.8 94.1 Rushing Yards Per Game 168.4

    103.2 Opp. Rushing Yards Per Game 104.1 270.0 Passing Yards Per Game 164.8 247.2 Opp. Passing Yards Per Game 271.7

    -5 Turnover Ratio -4 31:04 Average Time of Possession 28:14

    10/27/4 NFL Rank-Total Offense/Run/Pass 18/1/29 21/8/27 NFL Rank-Total Defense/Run/Pass 26/9/31

    0/0 2-Point Conversions 1/2 vs. Min Next Week @ Ind

    CARDINALS & TITANS IN 2009 THE SERIES The Cardinals and the Titans meet this week for the ninth time in the history of the rivalry. It marks just the third meeting between the two teams dating back to 1997. Overall, the Cardinals hold a 5-3 advantage in the series.

    This week marks the Cardinals first-ever trip to Nashville to face the Titans. The last road game for the Cardinals in this rivalry was a 30-12 victory in 1994 against the Houston Oilers at the Astrodome.

    LP Field is one of three current NFL stadiums in which the Cardinals have never played.

    SERIES NOTES Overall Regular Season Series: 5-3 Cardinals on the road vs. Ten: 3-1 Cardinals last win: 10/23/05 vs. Ten, 20-10 First Meeting: 11/1/70 vs. Hou, W, 44-0 Last Meeting: 10/23/05 vs. Ten, W, 20-10

    All-Time Meetings 4

    Date Site Result Oct. 23, 2005 Arizona W, 20-10 Oct. 26, 1997 Arizona L, 41-14 Dec. 2, 1994 Houston W, 30-12 Nov. 20, 1988 Houston L, 38-20 Oct. 27, 1985 St. Louis L, 10-20 Oct. 7, 1979 Houston W, 24-17 Oct. 20, 1974 Houston W, 31-27 Nov. 1, 1970 St. Louis W, 44-0

    LAST WEEK’S GAME CARDINALS 21, Rams 13

    November 22, 2009 – Edward Jones Dome (59,839)

    With a 21-13 win in St. Louis, the Cardinals upped their record to 7-3 and extended their division lead to 3 games after losses by the 49ers and Seahawks. The victory was Arizona’s 6th straight against the Rams and gave the Cards a 5-0 road mark for the first time since 1948. Kurt Warner improved his record as a starter at the Edward Jones Dome to 26-4 and had the Cards up 21-3 before exiting late in the 2nd quarter with a head injury. RB Tim Hightower gained a career-best 110 rushing yards while Beanie Wells ran for another 74 yards and a TD. The Cards rolled up 400 yards of offense for the 3rd straight game and had a season-high 183 yards rushing. WR Anquan Boldin topped 100 receiving yards for the 2nd straight week and finished with 103 on 8 catches.

    The Rams scored first when they capitalized on a Cardinal turnover. After Wells mishandled a pitch from Warner, St. Louis took over at the AZ25 but the Cards defense held them to just a FG. Arizona would score TDs on 3 straight drives to go up 21-3. A 50-yard Hightower rush set-up a 5- yard Warner TD pass to Boldin. That 87-yard scoring drive was followed by another of 90 yards that ended with an 11-yard scoring pass from Warner to Larry Fitzgerald. After stopping a 4th-n-1 Rams run, the Cards took over on downs and Wells capped a 9-play, 78-yard drive with his 1-yard TD run. Six plays before the score, Warner was injured when he hit his head on the turf after scrambling for a completion. He finished the drive but left the game after the TD. Matt Leinart came on in relief and completed 10 of 14 passes with no INTs or TDs.

    The third quarter was scoreless until Rams RB Steven Jackson raced 48 yards to the AZ4 but the Cardinal D again stiffened and allowed just a FG. On the next series, Cards TE Anthony Becht fumbled after a catch and the Rams took over at the AZ44. After converting 3 straight 4th downs that included a 4th-n-11 at the AZ26, Jackson’s 1-yard TD run made it 21-13 with 7:08 left. The next St. Louis drive reached the AZ7 but Marc Bulger’s 4th down pass fell incomplete and the Rams again turned it over on downs. Leinart picked up a key 1st down with a 20-yard completion to Early Doucet on 3rd-n-4 at the AZ13 allowing the Cards to chew up key clock time and the Rams did not seriously threaten again.

    CARDINALS 7 14 0 0 21 RAMS 3 0 3 7 13

    Team Qtr. Time Scoring Play Drive Score Rams 1 12:20 Brown 40-yard FG 4-3, 0:11 0-3 CARDS 1 2:28 Boldin 5-yard pass from Warner (Rackers kick) 6-87, 3:00 7-3 CARDS 2 11:48 Fitzgerald 11-yard pass from Warner (Rackers kick) 9-90, 4:09 14-3 CARDS 2 2:23 Wells 1-yard run (Rackers kick) 9-78, 4:50 21-3 Rams 3 0:13 Brown 20-yard FG 9-77, 4:35 21-6 Rams 4 7:08 Jackson 1-yard run (Brown kick) 12-44, 4:47 21-13

    STATISTICS AZ STL

    First Downs 24 16 Rushes-Yards 30-183 27-123 Net Passing Yards 261 191 Total Net Yards 444 314 Passing (A-C-I) 33-25-0 37-19-1 Sacked by Opp.-YL 2-16 3-24 Punts-Average 5-40.4 4-51.3 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0 Penalties 6-40 7-50 Time of Possession 31:28 28:22

    Weather: Indoors

    RUSHING CARDS: Hightower 14-110; Wells 14-74, TD; Warner 1-0; Leinart 1-(-1). Rams: Jackson 24-116, TD; Avery 1-4; Bulger 1-3; Gado 1-0.

    PASSING CARDS: Warner 15-19, 203 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; Leinart 10-14, 74 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT. Rams: Bulger 19-37, 215 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT.

    RECEIVING CARDS: Boldin 8-103, TD; Fitzgerald 8-87, TD; Hightower 2-15; Wells 2-11; Patrick 1- 27; Doucet 1-20; Wright 1-8; Kreider 1-7; Becht 1-(-1). Rams: Gibson 5-61; Avery 4-65; Amendola 4-61;