Cards win coin toss, elect to defer. Cardinals will kickoff, Denver to receive.
Neil Rackers' kickoff sails five yards deep into end zone for touchback. Denver takes over first and 10 from the 20. Darrell Hackney at quarterback for Denver. Anthony Aldridge gains one up the middle, then gains 17 around right end then cuts back to middle of field. Hackney passes complete to Aldridge for five, now second-and five at the 43. Michael Pittman goes for three yards, and then on third-and-2 at the 46, Pittman nailed for loss of one by Card tackle Alan Branch. Sam Paulescu punts 48 yards, ball downed at the seven-yard line.
Cardinals' first-and-10 at their seven, 11:57 on the game clock. Kurt Warner in at quarterback for Arizona. Warner throws quick out to Anquan Boldin near left sideline for six yards, then Warner flushed out of pocket and runs middle for two yards. On third-and-2 at the 15, Edgerrin James takes pitchout running left, tackled for loss of five. Fourth-and-7 at the 10, Dirk Johnson's punt fielded by Glenn Martinez at the 48, loss of three on the return after fine tackle by Aaron Francisco.
Denver possession, first-and-10 at the 45, 10:06 on the clock. Alridge gains two off right tackle, then Hackney play-action, passes over the middle to Keary Colbert for eight and a first down at the 45. Alridge runs for 16 to the 29 and a first down. Denver timeout #1 with 8:15 left in the first quarter. First-and-10 at the 29, Hackney bootleg right throws incomplete along right sideline. Alridge runs left for four, and on third-and-5 from the 24, Hackney runs up middle for 15 yards and a first down at the Cardinal 10. Alridge up middle for no gain on first down, then Denver called for false start. Five-yard penalty pushes the ball back to the 15. Hackney sacked by Kenny Iwebema and Calais Campbell for loss of two. On third-and goal from the 17, Pittman runs left for three yards. Fourth-and goal at the 14, Matt Prater's 32-yard field goal is good and Denver takes 3-0 lead with 4:34 left in the first quarter. Drive was 10 plays, 41 yard, 5:32 time of possession.
Prater's kickoff goes into the end zone for a touchback. Cardinals take over first-and-10 at their 20, 4:34 on the clock. Warner complete over middle to Leonard Pope for eight, then Tim Hightower gains two up the middle for a first down at the 30. Warner finds Boldin on a quick slant for nine yards on first down, then Hightower tries the left side but loses three yards. Card tackle Mike Gandy down with injury to left knee and walks off under his own power. On third-and-4 at the 36, Warner finds Larry Fitzgerald, but Cards' Boldin called for offensive pass interference, 10-yard penalty. Now third and 14 at the 26, Warner throws strike to Boldin in a seam left for 25 yards. On first down, Hightower loses the ball, Denver recovers at the 49.
Denver first-and-10 at the 49, 56 seconds left in the first quarter. Denver called again for a false start, now first-and-15 at the 46. Alridge cuts left for three yards, then Hackney overthrows pass right. Gandy has left knee sprain, but returns to game. Third-and-11 at the 50, Hackney incomplete deep right. Fourth-and-11, Brett Kern's punt rolls out of bounds at the 10-yard line, a punt of 41 yards.
Cards first-and-10 at the 10, four seconds left in the opening quarter. Matt Leinart at quarterback for Arizona. On first down, Leinart sacked for loss of five at the end of the period.
With Leinart at quarterback, Cards open second quarter second-and-15 at their own five. J.J. Arrington runs for one yard, and on third-and-14, Leinart with plenty of time finds Jerheme Urban open in left flat for gain of 23 to the 29-yard line. Leinart passes left to Steve Breaston for 12 and another first down at the 41. Hightower runs middle, cuts left for seven, and on second-and-3 Leinart passes complete to Urban on post pattern for 31 yards to the 17. On first down, Leinart finds Pope wide open over middle for a touchdown. Rackers' extra point gives Cards 7-3 lead, 11:25 to play in the first half. Drive was seven plays, 90 yards, 3:39 time of possession.
Rackers' kickoff taken by Alridge three yards deep, returns to the 26. First-and-10 at the 26, 11:20 left in the second quarter. Alridge runs up the middle for six, then tries the left side for one yard. Third-and-3 at the 33, Hackney finds no one open, runs for nine and a first down at the 42. Denver takes timeout #2, 9:55 on the clock. Colbert tries end-around going right for three yards, then Alridge starts right, shoots up the middle for 27 yards to the 28-yard line. Alridge gains one on first down, then Hackney passes to Clifford Russell on left sideline for five. Now third-and-3 at the 21, Hackney complete to Cecil Sapp in left flat for eight yards and a first down at the 14. Russell takes end-around for 13. First-and-goal at the one, Pittman runs over left tackle into the end zone. Prater's extra point is good, Denver takes 10-7 lead with 6:14 left in the first half. Drive was 10 plays, 74 yards, 5:11 time of possession.
Prater's kickoff taken by Arrington three yards deep in the end zone, returns to 19 for a 23-yard return. Cardinals first-and-10 at the 19, 6:09 on the clock. Leinart at quarterback for Arizona. Leinart bootleg left, throws incomplete, then on second down again incomplete intended for Early Doucet. On third-and-10 from the 19 Leinart complete to Doucet for 21 yards, but ruled Doucet did not have possession while running out f bounds. Cards challenge the call, overturned. Cards now first-and-10 at the 40, 5:53 on the clock. Leinart complete to Urban on left side for nine, then again complete to Urban for 27 yards as Cards decline pass interference call on Denver. First-and-10 now at the 24, under five minutes left. Arrington takes handoff but slips down for loss of one. Leinart passes laterally left, ruled backwards pass for Arrington and Denver recovers at the 27-yard line.
Broncos first-and-10 at the 27, 4:15 on the clock. Hackney throws incomplete. Cards tackle Alan Branch has ankle sprain and will not return. On second down, Alridge runs for one yard, and on third-and-9 at the 28, Hackney passes in left flat to Alridge for three, short of a first down. Fourth-and-6 at the 31, Paulescu punts 41 yards, Breaston returns seven yards.
Cardinals' ball first-and-10 at the 36, 2:37 left in the first half. Denver takes timeout #3. Leinart still in at quarterback for Arizona. Leinart complete left side to Lance Long for 16 and a first down at the 48. Leinart throws incomplete on first down, then Arrington runs up the middle for three at the two-minute warning. Third-and-7 at the 45, Leinart complete to Long left at the first-down marker for eight yards and a first down at the 37. 1:53 left in the period. Arrington runs left for two yards, then Leinart and Long connect again for nine and a first down at the 26, 1:42 left. Leinart passes incomplete to Jamaica Rector in the end zone, and then a draw to Arrington goes up the middle for 26 yards and a touchdown. Rackers' extra point is good, Cards lead 14-10 with 1:28 left in the half. Drive was eight plays, 64 yards, 1:09 time of possession.
Rackers kicks to Alridge two yards deep in end zone, returns 23 yards. Denver first-and-10 at its 20. Hackney complete to Russell near right sideline for six, then hits Russell on slant right for 10 yards and a first down at the 36. Denver called for false start, now first-and-15 at the 31, 40 seconds left. Hackney scrambles up the middle for seven, then passes complete to Colbert on right side for four. 15 seconds left. Third-and-4 at the 42, Hackney complete to Russell for eight yards and a first down at the midfield stripe. 10 seconds left in the first half. Hackney again runs out of the pocket, gains nine as the first half ends.
Cards deferred in pre-game coin toss, set to receive to open second half. Prater's kickoff goes into end zone for touchback. Cardinals take over first-and-10 at the 20. Brian St. Pierre in at quarterback for Arizona. On first down, St. Pierre throws ball away deep right sideline. Steve Baylark carries up middle for three. Third-and-7 at the 23, St. Pierre incomplete right side. Johnson's punt on fourth down taken by Daniel at the 28, returns six yards to the34, a 49-yard punt.
Denver first-and-10 at the 32, Alridge loses one yard, then runs for nine. Third-and-2 at the 42, Pittman runs for four yards and a first down at the 46 with 12:20 to play in the third quarter. Hackney passes incomplete, then Alridge runs wide right but Denver called for holding. Now second-and-20 at the 36, Hackney screen pass to Alridge goes for eight. Third-and-13 at the 43, Denver called for false start, now third-and-18 at the 38. Hackney passes incomplete. Fourth-and-18, Brett Kern punts 39 yards, fair catch by Long at the 22-yard line.
Cardinals first-and-10 at the 22, 10:30 to play in the quarter. Baylark runs up the middle for 10 yards, fumbles the ball, recovered by Denver at the 44-yard line, returned to the 40.
Denver first-and-10 at the 40, 10:14 on the clock. Alridge gains two yards, then takes swing pass from Hackney but loses two yards. On third-and-10 at the 40, Alridge up the middle for five yards. Fourth-and five at the 45, Paulescu's punt rolls out of bounds at the eight-yard line, a 47-yard kick.
Cardinals ball, first-and-10 at their eight-yard line, 8:13 left in the third quarter. Chris Vincent on the carry, goes for six to the 14, then St. Pierre on bootleg passes incomplete for Alex Shor. Third-and-four at the 14, St. Pierre intended again for Shor but incomplete. Johnson in to punt from his own goal line, kick fair caught by McDaniel on the 39, a 47-yard punt.
Denver first-and-10 at the 39, 7:18 to play in the quarter. Alridge runs wide left, gains eight, then goes up the middle but dropped for loss of one by Oliver Celestine. On third-and-3, Hackney chased out of the pocket and throws incomplete. Kern in to punt for Denver, downed at the 14-yard line, a 40-yard punt.
Arizona first-and-10 at the 14, 5:47 on the clock. St. Pierre's pass intended for Long over the middle falls incomplete, then Tim Castille loses one. On third-and-10 from the 14, St. Pierre complete over the middle to Long, good for 13 and a first down at the 26. St. Pierre passes deep right for Doucet incomplete, then mishandles ball on handoff to Vincent but makes the recovery at the 21 for a loss of five. Third-and-15 at the 21, Castille runs right for seven but short of a first down. Johnson's 46-yard punt taken by Marquay McDaniel, returns four yards. Denver called for holding, now first-and-10 at the 16, 2:51 left in the third quarter. Alridge sweeps left for one yard, then tries the left side again, this time for two. Third-and-7 at the 19, Hackney complete to Chad Mustard for a first down at the 38-yard line. Second-and-10 at the 38, Hackney complete to Glenn Martinez for 20 to the 42-yard line. Martinez on end-around goes for nine as third quarter ends.
Denver begins the fourth quarter second-and-1 at the Arizona 33-yard line. Hackney complete to Brett Pierce for 11 yards and a first down at the 22-yard line. Hackney complete to Pittman in left flat goes for two yards, then passes over the middle to Colbert for seven more. On third-and-1 from the 13, Pittman tackled in the backfield by Campbell for loss of two yards. Denver called for a false start, so Prater's field goal now from 38 yards and is good. Denver pulls to within 14-13 with 12:06 to play. Drive was 11 plays, 64 yards, 5:44 possession.
Prater's kickoff goes nine yards deep in the end zone for touchback. Arizona takes over first-and-10 at its 20, 12:06 left to play. Anthony Morelli at quarterback for Cardinals. False start on Cards, now first-and-15 at the 15. Morelli passes incomplete on first down, then finds Brent Miller deep middle for 22 yards to the 27. Castille runs for 10 yards, then Morelli passes to Rector for 12 yards and another first down, this time to the 41-yard line. Vincent snowed under for loss of three, then Morelli under pressure throws incomplete. On third-and-13 from the 44, Morelli sacked, loses 12 yards. Johnson on to punt, his 48-yard kick taken by McDaniel at the eight, returned five yards to the 13.
Denver takes over first-and-10 at the 13, 9:05 to play. Hackney play-action, nearly sacked, then finds Colbert wide open over the middle for a touchdown, 87 yards on the catch and run. Denver will try for two-point conversion. Hackney fakes handoff right, bootleg left and dives into the end zone. Denver takes 21-14 lead, 8:51 to play. Drive was one play, 87 yards, 14 seconds time of possession.
Prater's kickoff goes out of bounds, Cards will have first and 10 at the 40. Morelli's pass batted down at the line,, and then throws incomplete for Castille. Third-and-10 at the 40, Morelli sacked for loss of eight yards back to the 32-yard line. Johnson punts 49 yards, taken by McDaniel on the 22 and loses one yard.
Denver first-and-10 at the 21, 7:58 to play. Hackney rolls right, passes deep incomplete to Russell. Alridge runs right for three, and on third-and-7 Hackney passes incomplete. Paulescu punts 53 yards, taken by Long at the 23 and returned to the 25, a two-yard return.
Arizona first-and-10 at the 25, 6:51 to play. Morelli passes incomplete to Shor, Denver called for pass interference, placing the ball at the 45-yard line. Morelli passes middle to Rector for 15 yards to the 40, then pass for Short intercepted by Jack Williams at the 11, returns 89 yards for a touchdown. Prater's extra point increases Denver's lead to 28-14, 5:42 to play.
Prater's kickoff taken by Urban at the five, returns to the 20. Cardinals first-and-10 at the 20, 5:37 left in the fourth quarter. Morelli back to pass, sacked for loss of three. On second down, Morelli complete to Doucet for 12. Third-and-one, Morelli up the middle for one yard and a first down. Morelli passes complete to Sean Morey for five yards, then finds Doucet again, for 11 yards and a first down at the 46-yard line. Morelli's pass intended for Morey pops up in the air, intercepted by Spencer Larson and returned 39 yards to the 17-yard line.
Denver first-and-10 at the 17, 3:41 remaining. Alridge runs up the middle for two yards, then Cecil Sapp carries for five. On third-and-3 at the 10-yard line, Sapp runs wide right for four and a first down at the six. Hackney takes a knee on first down at the two-minute warning. Hackney again takes a knee on second down, another on third down as clock ticking with just over one minute left. Fourth down, another knee and Cards possession with 28 seconds left.
Cardinals take over on their own nine, Baylark carries left for six yards as time runs out.
Final score: Denver 28, Arizona 14