Final

Cardinals 21

(2-7, 0-4 away)

Lions 29

(4-5, 3-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 13, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
ARI 0 3 8 1021
DET 9 10 7 329

Top Performers

Passing: K. Warner (ARI) - 359 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: K. Jones (DET) - 14 CAR, 81 YDS

Receiving: L. Fitzgerald (ARI) - 9 REC, 141 YDS, 1 TD

Williams catches 3 TDs in Lions' win over Cardinals

DETROIT (AP) -- Roy Williams found a way to silence his critics.

It was over when ...
Jason Hanson's 20-yard field goal gave Detroit a 29-14 lead with just over 8½ minutes to go. It's possible that once upon a time Kurt Warner could have led an injury-depleted team back from 15 points down with that kind of time left. He can't anymore.
Game ball goes to ...
Detroit wideout Roy Williams. Playing in his first full game since the second day of October, Williams caught seven passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns. He might have even gotten Joey Harrington his job back.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen We should expect more of this from Harrington and Williams and especially Harrington since he's trying to put a stamp on his career as he plays for his next contract. Williams isn't a myth, when he's healthy he's a heckova talent and is a fine football player. He can make guys look bad because of his combination of speed, athleticism and guile. The Lions need this type of output from one of those receivers.
-- Eric Allen

Williams caught a career-high three touchdown passes from Joey Harrington to lead the Detroit Lions past the Arizona Cardinals 29-21 Sunday.

Playing an entire game for the first time since Oct. 2, Williams had seven receptions for 117 yards and caught TD passes of 7, 21 and 29 yards. The last Lion to catch three TDs in a game was Herman Moore in 1995.

Williams had been out with a quadriceps injury until returning last week, when he was in for three plays. Early in the season, teammate Kevin Jones screamed at him on the sideline for a route he ran, and Williams publicly lamented a lack of chemistry with Harrington.

"Winning cures all," Williams said with a grin.

The second-year receiver might be forgiven after his latest performance, in which he made Harrington look good by making tough catches.

"You don't have to be perfect with him," Harrington said. "A guy like Roy can make plays that aren't there."

Harrington was 22-of-32 for 231 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. He started his second straight game in place of the banged-up Jeff Garcia and didn't hear many boos at home for a change.

"You complete balls and people tend to keep the boos in their pocket," Harrington said.

Detroit (4-5) ended a two-game losing streak and Arizona (2-7) lost its third straight.

The Lions led 19-3 at halftime and by 15 with 8:35 left before Arizona came back.

The Cardinals pulled to 29-21 with 2:24 left on Kurt Warner's 8-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald. After not recovering the onside kick, Arizona got the ball back at its 18 with 1:01 left. The Cardinals' hopes ended at their 39 with a deflected pass on fourth down.

"It was obviously good to see everybody fought in the second half and put ourselves in a position to win," Warner said. "But I guess when you spot someone 30 minutes it's tough to battle back in this league, no matter who you're playing."

Unlike Arizona, the Lions had some success running the ball with Jones gaining 81 of Detroit's 157 yards rushing.

Cardinals coach Dennis Green said his defense had its worst tackling game of the season.

"We didn't really make any big plays on defense," he said.

Warner started for the Cardinals over Josh McCown and completed 29 of 45 passes for a season-high 359 yards with a TD and no interceptions. Fitzgerald had nine receptions for 141 yards and a score.

The Cardinals had their first TD rushing this year when J.J. Arrington scored from 1 yard in the third quarter, but they had just 38 yards on the ground.

"They throw the ball well, but when we can take away the run it makes them one-dimensional," Lions coach Steve Mariucci said.

Despite Harrington's performance, Mariucci wouldn't say if he would start next week at Dallas.

Arizona had to rely on its kicker to be a bright spot, as usual. Neil Rackers connected from 51 and 28 yards, making him 28-for-28 on field goals this season. He also made two tackles on kickoffs, one that might've prevented a TD.

"He's like a safety," Detroit's returner Eddie Drummond said.

The Lions had a pair of 16-point leads before Arizona mounted a failed comeback in the final minutes.

Game notes


Lions WR Mike Williams (knee) was not active, but WR Charles Rogers caught a pass for 4 yards in his first game since Oct. 2 after serving a four-game suspension and not traveling to Minnesota last week after a bad week of practice. ... Arizona was without WRs Anquan Boldin (knee) and Bryant Johnson (shoulder). ... Already missing its top two CBs, Detroit was without its third best, Andre Goodman (hamstring). ... Cardinals OG Reggie Wells (ankle), LB Karlos Dansby (groin), TE Eric Edwards (head) and Detroit LBs Boss Bailey (ankle) and Earl Holmes (knee) left the game with injuries. ... Detroit DT Dan Wilkinson had his first career safety.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARI
DET
1st Downs2122
Passing 1st downs
1812
Rushing 1st downs
36
1st downs from penalties
04
3rd down efficiency
6-135-14
4th down efficiency
0-11-1
Total Plays6164
Total Yards397383
Yards per play6.56.0
Total Drives1016
Passing359226
Comp-Att
29-4521-31
Yards per pass
8.07.1
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-01-5
Rushing38157
Rushing Attempts
1632
Yards per rush
2.44.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-3
Penalties9-807-50
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:3234:28

Passing Leaders

ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Warner29/453598.0100-0
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Harrington21/312317.5301-5

Rushing Leaders

ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Arrington8243.018
Ayanbadejo3113.7011
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones14815.8036
Bryson7446.3015

Receiving Leaders

ARIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fitzgerald914115.7127
McCoy67011.7024
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams711716.7329
Pollard44711.8033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARIDET
detTD11:23Roy Williams, 7 yd pass from Joey Harrington (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yds, 3:30
07
ariSF2:50Safety
Drive info: 1 plays, -2 yds, 0:00
09
SECOND QUARTERARIDET
detTD11:17Roy Williams, 21 yd pass from Joey Harrington (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 56 yds, 3:17
016
ariFG5:38Neil Rackers 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 44 yds, 5:28
316
detFG0:00Jason Hanson 18 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 59 yds, 2:34
319
THIRD QUARTERARIDET
ariTD9:58J.J. Arrington, 1 yd run( run for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 9 plays, 79 yds, 4:57
1119
detTD6:10Roy Williams, 29 yd pass from Joey Harrington (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 72 yds, 3:36
1126
FOURTH QUARTERARIDET
ariFG14:12Neil Rackers 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 67 yds, 11:15
1426
detFG8:38Jason Hanson 12 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yds, 5:30
1429
ariTD2:28Larry Fitzgerald, 8 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 62 yds, 1:07
2129