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Cardinals confuse Eli Manning, beat Giants, 24-17

The New York quarterback threw three interceptions and was bewildered by Arizona's blitzing.

October 26, 2009|Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Arizona Cardinals conquered their House of Horrors, thanks to an opportunistic defense and big plays by their veterans.

Arizona erased some bad memories in its last regular-season visit to Giants Stadium, creating four turnovers and bewildering Eli Manning with its blitzes in a 24-17 victory Sunday night.

The Cardinals finished 3-15 at Giants Stadium, but this win lifted the defending NFC champions into first place in the West Division at 4-2 with their third straight win.

Kurt Warner, who was 6-2 as a starter with the Giants in 2004, threw one touchdown pass and got help from star receiver Larry Fitzgerald and a defense led by safety Adrian Wilson.

"Tonight," Warner said, "we definitely fed off our defense."

Wilson had an interception and a fumble recovery, Antrel Rolle picked off a Manning pass to clinch it, and Jason Wright, Tim Hightower and rookie Chris Wells found the end zone.

The Giants (5-2) lost their second straight and were let down by their normally solid punter. Jeff Feagles struggled, helping give the Cardinals a solid edge in field position for much of the prime-time matchup.

Feagles said he used the wrong kicking angles trying to keep the ball away from Steve Breaston.

Wilson, Rolle and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left late in the third quarter with an ankle injury -- X-rays were negative -- in the Arizona secondary benefited from the confusion the defense caused for Manning, who was 19 for 37 and had three passes intercepted.

"We played team defense," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "Everybody stepped up. When we had interception opportunities, we made them."

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