Final

Dolphins 10

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Cardinals 31

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, September 14, 2008

U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 0 3 710
ARI 14 3 14 031

Top Performers

Passing: K. Warner (ARI) - 361 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: E. James (ARI) - 18 CAR, 55 YDS

Receiving: L. Fitzgerald (ARI) - 6 REC, 153 YDS

Cards' offense goes off as Boldin rips Dolphins for 3 TDs in Arizona win

Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Kurt Warner was completing pass after pass in a flashback to his heady MVP and Super Bowl days.

"When you have one of those days when everything's clicking and you feel like you can't be stopped, it brings back a lot of memories of those great years," he said.

This performance came at age 37 for an Arizona team that may finally be escaping its sorry history after a 31-10 victory over Miami that has the Cardinals 2-0 for the first time in 17 years.

Fast Facts

• Arizona's win was just its second win in 10 all-time meetings between the two clubs.

• Sunday was Anquan Boldin's first career three-TD game and the first by a Cardinals receiver since Rob Moore against the Redskins on Dec. 7, 1997.

• The Dolphins have lost 11 straight road games dating back to 2006 and are just 7-27 in 34 games since closing 2005 with six straight victories.

• Dating back to last season, the Cardinals have scored 301 points in their last 10 games (30.1 PPG).

-- ESPN research

Anquan Boldin had six receptions for 140 yards, a franchise record 22nd time he's passed the century mark. He caught all three of Warner's TD passes. Larry Fitzgerald, meanwhile, caught six for 153 yards, his 14th 100-yard game. It was the sixth time the pair had topped 100 yards in the same game.

Warner had a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the third time in his career, tying Peyton Manning for the NFL record.

Arizona's Edgerrin James gained 55 yards on 18 carries to become the 14th player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 career yards from scrimmage. The Dolphins (0-2) lost their 11th straight road game.

"You're always going to hit some adversity," Miami's first-year coach, Tony Sparano, said, "and we've hit some adversity right now."

The Cardinals, who have won four straight dating to last year, led 14-0 in the first quarter, 24-0 early in the third and 31-3 in the fourth.

Boldin says he wants to be traded because the Cardinals didn't give him a new contract, but he vowed to continue playing hard. He's lived up to that promise, catching eight in the second half last week at San Francisco, then having an even better day in Week 2.

"I'm a Cardinal," he said, "and every time I go out on that field I'm going to give it my all. I'm not going to deviate from that."

Warner completed his first nine passes for 221 yards, including two touchdowns to Boldin, and Arizona had a quick two-touchdown lead.

"The game was slowing down," Warner said. "I was putting the ball where I wanted to put it, and it felt good."

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The Cardinals felt coming in that they could exploit some matchups in the passing game. Boy, did they ever.

The completions included a 79-yarder to Boldin for the first touchdown and a 75-yarder to Fitzgerald to set up the second score.

It was the second time in Cardinals history that the team had two passes in a game of 75 yards or longer. The other came for the then-St. Louis Cardinals against Dallas on Oct. 13, 1974.

Warner, who beat out Matt Leinart for the starting job, had completed his last four passes in the team's 23-13 victory at San Francisco last weekend. That made his string 13 straight, third-most in franchise history and two shy of the team record.

After two penalties pushed Arizona back to its 21, Boldin ran past linebacker Akin Ayodele and was alone down the middle. Warner found him for a 79-yard touchdown play that put the Cardinals up 7-0 just 2:40 into the game.

The next possession brought another big play. This time, Warner threw to Fitzgerald, who broke one tackle and spun away from another on a 75-yard gain to the Miami 5. Three plays later, Warner threw to Boldin for the score and it was 14-0 with 5:40 still to go in the first quarter.

"We still had a chance to dig ourselves out of that hole and still make some plays," Miami nose tackle Jason Ferguson said. "What we did was pretty much duck our heads, and they kept rollin'."

Leading 17-0, Arizona took the second-half kickoff and went 71 yards in 10 plays, culminated by Tim Hightower's 1-yard touchdown run that made it 24-0 with 10:29 left in the third quarter.

The drive was aided greatly by three Miami penalties. Arizona was stopped, and Neil Rackers' 47-yard field goal try was wide left. But the Dolphins were called for 12 men on the field.

Then a pass interference call on Andre Goodman against Fitzgerald in the end zone put the ball on the Dolphins 1. Miami again held but Joey Porter was called for a facemask on a sack of Warner.

Boldin's most remarkable catch was an 8-yarder for his third touchdown. The ball was thrown behind him but he somehow grabbed it between two defenders, and the Cardinals led 31-3 with 1:27 left in the third.

Pennington's backup, rookie Chad Henne, directed Miami to its lone touchdown, an 18-play, 89-yard drive that ended with Ronnie Brown's 1-yard TD run on fourth down.

Pennington struggled to a 10-for-20 day for 112 yards.

Game notes


Boldin's 22 100-yard receiving games ties Jackie Smith for the franchise record. ... The Cardinals have the longest active streak of 20-point games in the league at 10. ... Arizona lost starting RT Levi Brown with a strained knee. ... Warner's passing yards were the most against the Dolphins in five years.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
ARI
1st Downs1722
Passing 1st downs
913
Rushing 1st downs
65
1st downs from penalties
24
3rd down efficiency
3-127-13
4th down efficiency
2-20-0
Total Plays5859
Total Yards236445
Yards per play4.17.5
Total Drives88
Passing164364
Comp-Att
17-3220-26
Yards per pass
4.813.0
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-152-12
Rushing7281
Rushing Attempts
2431
Yards per rush
3.02.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-23-4
Penalties6-428-45
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:0631:54

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pennington10/201125.6002-15
Henne7/12675.6000-0
ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Warner19/2436115.0302-12
Leinart1/2157.5000-0

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams11282.508
Brown11252.3111
ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
James18553.1012
Hightower10242.4113

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Hagan35117.0020
Camarillo44912.3018
ARIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fitzgerald615325.5075
Boldin614023.3379

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIAARI
ariTD12:31Anquan Boldin, 79 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 69 yds, 0:29
07
ariTD5:43Anquan Boldin, 3 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 92 yds, 4:19
014
SECOND QUARTERMIAARI
ariFG8:51Neil Rackers 45 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 6:42
017
THIRD QUARTERMIAARI
ariTD10:34Tim Hightower, 1 yd run (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yds, 4:31
024
miaFG5:30Dan Carpenter 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 58 yds, 5:03
324
ariTD1:34Anquan Boldin, 8 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:59
331
FOURTH QUARTERMIAARI
miaTD2:42Ronnie Brown, 1 yd run (Dan Carpenter kick is good)
Drive info: 18 plays, 89 yds, 7:04
1031