4:05 PM ET, November 19, 2006
U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Leinart was admittedly awkward taking a victory knee in the waning seconds against the Detroit Lions on Sunday."I haven't taken one in a while," he explained.It was the long-awaited first NFL win for the Heisman Trophy quarterback.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
Detroit lost to Arizona due, in part, to the offensive play calling being much too pass happy and lacking balance. By not running the football, Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz put Detroit's patchwork offensive line in a bad position of having to back up versus the pass rush. The result was Jon Kitna getting sacked and Kitna hurrying into poor decisions and throws, including an interception.
The Cardinals game plan included getting production from Edgerrin James by sticking with the run game and giving this bad offensive line a chance. Quarterback Matt Leinart (above) eluded the Detroit rush, avoided being sacked and looked sharp -- throwing with both accuracy and touch. Leinart spread the ball around like a veteran, hitting eight different receivers. Arizona's receivers ran good routes, beat coverage and made big catches when afforded the opportunity.
Detroit lost three others to injuries -- defensive tackle Shawn Cody (toe), wide receiver Eddie Drummond (concussion) and wide receiver DeVale Ellis (shoulder). ... Berry said his elbow problem was not serious. ... Leinart's current and USC teammate, rookie starting guard Deuce Lutui, played after attending the birth of his daughter at 9 a.m., five hours before kickoff.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.5||5.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||8:32||Bryant Johnson 2 Yd Pass From Matt Leinart (Neil Rackers Kick) |
Drive: 11 plays, 88 yds, 6:39
|FG||13:07||Neil Rackers 36 Yd |
Drive: 7 plays, 68 yds, 3:01
|TD||3:03||Matt Leinart 9 Yd Run (Neil Rackers Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 86 yds, 3:03
|FG||12:10||Jason Hanson 32 Yd |
Drive: 15 plays, 66 yds, 9:07
|TD||10:25||Arlen Harris 1 Yd Run (Jason Hanson Kick) |
Drive: 14 plays, 97 yds, 5:13