Cardinals 41

(5-3, 4-0 away)

Bears 21

(4-4, 3-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 8, 2009

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 

1 2 3 4 T
ARI 14 17 3 741
CHI 7 0 0 1421

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (CHI) - 369 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Hightower (ARI) - 15 CAR, 77 YDS

Receiving: L. Fitzgerald (ARI) - 9 REC, 123 YDS, 2 TD

Warner rebounds by matching career best with 5 TDs in Cards' win

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- From five interceptions to five touchdown passes, Kurt Warner's one-week turnaround couldn't have been more emphatic. Nor could the beating the Arizona Cardinals put on the Chicago Bears.

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Warner tied a career high by throwing for five touchdowns after getting picked off five times the previous week, Larry Fitzgerald added 123 yards receiving, and the Cardinals easily handled the Bears 41-21 on Sunday.

Warner was at his best after a miserable performance in a 34-21 loss to Carolina. He handled a team that had a chance to sign him as a backup four years ago, matching the record for TD passes by a Bears opponent without getting intercepted.

"So much of this business is how you respond and how you come back," Warner said. "I always want my teammates to know that I'm going to be there every week battling with them. And if I have a bad week, hopefully they can pick me up. If not, I'll try to do my best the next."

Two of his touchdowns went to Fitzgerald, who had his way with Charles Tillman before the cornerback left with a shoulder injury in the second quarter.

"Kurt played just phenomenal again," said Fitzgerald, who has family in Chicago and spent summers here as a child. "He was making the right reads and getting the ball to the guys who were open. When we're clicking like that, it's hard to stop us."

Fast Facts

• The Cardinals improved to 4-0 on the road for the first time since 1982, when their fourth road victory of the season also came in Chicago.

• Kurt Warner matched a career high with five pass TDs. He also threw zero picks a week after throwing five vs. the Panthers.

• Larry Fitzgerald had 123 yards and two TDs, his fifth multitouchdown game over the last two seasons (most in NFL).

• The 41 points are the most by Arizona on the road since it scored 45 at Washington in 1998.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Warner was 22 of 31 for 261 yards and threw touchdown passes on the first four possessions as the Cardinals surged ahead 34-7 after three quarters.

The Bears (4-4) got within 34-21 after Zack Bowman returned an interception by backup Matt Leinart 39 yards to the Arizona 28, setting up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Greg Olsen with 9:04 left. That prompted the Cardinals to put Warner back in the game.

Olsen had five catches for 71 yards and three touchdowns. Otherwise, it was a rough afternoon for Chicago, which is in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight year.

Tim Hightower ran for 77 yards, Beanie Wells added 72 rushing and the Cardinals' offense racked up 438 yards even though Arizona was missing wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

He missed the game with a sprained right ankle, although he said it was fine.

"I'd felt better if somebody had been man enough and walked up to me and told me what the situation was," Boldin said.

Despite missing one of their top receivers, the Cardinals (5-3) improved to 4-0 on the road.

And they didn't have to contend with Chicago's Tommie Harris. The three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle slugged offensive guard Deuce Lutui in the head as they were on the ground on the game's first possession, resulting in his ejection, and the Bears quickly unraveled.

Particularly troubling to coach Lovie Smith was Harris' hit.

High Fives

Kurt Warner picked apart the Bears' secondary to tie his career high with five touchdown passes. Warner has his offensive line and running backs to thank as they did a great job of picking up Chicago's added pressure.

Warner vs. 5-plus Pass
Rushers In 2009
Weeks 1-8 Week 9
Comp pct 56.9 63.2
TD-INT 1-3 3-1
Pass rtg 61.3 104.8
Sacked 6 0

"I know the result," Smith said. "There's nothing Tommie can really tell me."

Lutui said he was "really shocked" by the hit and called it "such a surprise that it happened."

Harris did not make himself available to reporters after the game.

Cutler passed for 369 yards while completing 29 of 47 passes and was sacked four times.

The Bears have little time to regroup, with a Thursday night game at San Francisco.

Things weren't looking good for the Bears after Harris got tossed for slugging Lutui near the face after they ended up on the ground following a run play. They only got worse from there.

His 11-yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald capped the opening drive, giving the Cardinals a 7-0 lead. The Bears quickly tied it thanks to two long passes by Cutler -- a 42-yarder to Devin Hester and a 33-yard touchdown to Olsen -- but the Cardinals wasted no time busting open this game.

Arizona responded with a 74-yard drive Warner finished with a 6-yard pass to Ben Patrick that made it 14-7.

Game notes

Warner also threw for five touchdowns twice while with St. Louis: against San Francisco in October 1999 and against Minnesota in the playoffs in January 2000. ... Arizona held out LB Gerald Hayes with a back injury. ... Besides Harris and Tillman, the Bears lost S Al Afalava (shoulder) and backup RB Garrett Wolfe (back).

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2720
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6563
Total Yards438417
Yards per play6.76.6
Total Drives1312
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)5-61-1
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

ariTD12:19Larry Fitzgerald 11 Yard Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 81 yds, 2:48
chiTD9:21Greg Olsen 33 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 90 yds, 2:59
ariTD3:31Ben Patrick 6 Yard Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 74 yds, 5:47
ariTD11:27Larry Fitzgerald 17 Yard Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 70 yds, 3:30
ariTD2:56Anthony Becht 15 Yard Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 86 yds, 5:01
ariFG0:02Neil Rackers 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 24 yds, 0:22
ariFG7:51Neil Rackers 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 5:32
chiTD11:55Greg Olsen 3 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 93 yds, 4:26
chiTD9:09Greg Olsen 20 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 28 yds, 0:52
ariTD4:37Steve Breaston 4 Yard Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 17 yds, 2:11