While I am still not a fan of switching QB’s around like Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is currently doing with Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner, the stragety worked on Sunday. The Cardinals used both QB’s in key touchdown drives that helped out as Arizona improved to 2-2 with a 21-14 home win over the formerly unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers. The other play of the game was rookie Steve Breston breaking a punt return 73 yards that gave the Cards a lead they would not lose. The punt came as the Cards had accepted a penalty on the Steelers, making them re-kick, and Breston made them pay.
The Steelers were out of character for their first loss of the 2007 season. They were unable to run the ball much of the day, as top rusher Willie Parker was held to just 37 yards on 19 carries. Parker had started the season with three straight 100+ yard games. The defense was unable to get off the field in key situations, as they allowed the clinching drive to go 82 yards and kill about 7 minutes off the 4th quarter clock. Edgerrin James didn’t go over 100 yards, but did grind out 77 tough yards and scored the TD that put Arizona ahead 21-7.
Warner and Leinart combined to throw 21-35 for 225 yards and one TD. Neither was picked, and the only big mistake was Warner coughing up the ball on the Cards 4-yard line. The turnover didn’t hurt the Cards, as three plays later Ben Roethlisberger threw a huge INT in the end zone that took the Cardinals off the hook. “I thought (Wilson) was gone,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “I honestly didn’t see him. I thought (Miller) was wide open. I didn’t see (Wilson) until after he caught it. So he made a great play.” It was a sweet win for Whisenhunt, who stuck it to the team that passed him up as their head coach some eight monhts ago.
The Steelers scored first, as on third-and-26 when Roethlisberger threw 43 yards to Santonio Holmes, who had six catches for 128 yards and two scores. Cards wide out Larry Fitzgerald caught 11 passes for 123 yards.