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Saints vs Cardinals Capsule

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    <span style=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;">SERIES</span>  
<span style="">SERIES LEADER:</span><span style=""> The [Arizona Cardinals](http://www.azcardinals.com/) lead the all-time regular season series, which dates back to 1967, 13-12. </span>   
<span style="">STREAKS: </span><span style="">The Saints have won seven-of-the-last 10 meetings between the two teams, including the past five games played at the Louisiana Superdome.</span><span style=""> </span>   
<span style="">COACHES VS. OPP: </span><span style="">New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton owns a 1-0 record in the regular season against the Cardinals, while Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt is 0-1 against the Saints.</span>  
<span style="">LAST WEEK: </span><span style="">The Saints were idle, having received a first round bye in the NFC Playoffs by virtue of their 2009 regular season record (13-3). The Cardinals defeated the [Green Bay Packers](http://www.packers.com/), 51-45 in overtime, at Arizona in an NFC Wild Card game.</span>  
<span style="">LAST GAME: </span><span style="">The Saints defeated the Cardinals, 31-24, on December 16, 2007 at the Louisiana Superdome. QB Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes and completed 87% of his passes, while RB Aaron Stecker added two rushing scores. The Saints' defense intercepted QB Kurt Warner once and sacked and stripped him of the ball on another occasion, as the Saints held the high-powered Cardinals offense to 321 yards and only allowed the Cardinals to converted 27% of their third down attempts.</span>  
<span style="">LAST GAME AT SUPERDOME: </span><span style="">See Above</span>  
<span style="">BROADCAST INFORMATION:</span> FOX (3:30 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter).  The game can heard regionally on the Saints Radio Network (WWL 870 AM and 105.3 FM locally) with Jim Henderson handling play-by-play, Hokie Gajan serving as color analyst and Kristian Garic reporting from the Saints sidelines. A Spanish language broadcast can be heard on WFNO 830 AM with Emilio Peralta handling play-by-play and Marco Garcia serving as color analyst.  


KEY STATISTICS (2009 Regular Season)

Category
New Orleans Saints    
Arizona Cardinals
Passing
Drew Brees: 514-363-4,388-34 TD-11 INT
Kurt Warner: 513-339-3,753-26 TD-14 INT
Rushing
Pierre Thomas: 147-793-5.4 avg.-6 TD
Beanie Wells: 176-793-4.5 avg.-7 TD
Receiving
Marques Colston: 70-1,074-15.3 avg.-9 TD
Larry Fitzgerald: 97-1,092-11.3 avg.-13 TD
Take/Give
+11
-7
Offense 403.8 yards per game average
 344.4 yards per game average
Defense
357.8 yards per game average
 346.4 yards per game average
Sacks
Will Smith: 13.0
Calais Campbell & Darnell Dockett: 7.0
Interceptions   
Darren Sharper: 9
D. Rodgers-Crommartie: 6
Punting
Thomas Morstead: 43.6 yard average
Ben Graham: 47.0 yard average
Kicking
Garrett Hartley: 9-11 FG; 10-11 XP
Neil Rackers: 16-17 FG; 37-38 XP

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