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article imageNFL: Saints Stop the Cardinals

By Michael Bearak     Jan 16, 2010 in Sports
New Orleans has regrouped and in the process ran all over the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals. Reggies Bush led the way with 2 touchdowns as Drew Brees throw for 3 additional touchdowns.
The New Orleans Saints hadn't looked good for awhile and people were questioning whether their fast start would lead to a quick exit from the playoff, but not so. The Saints after a week off came out and overwhelmed the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals 45-14.
Reggie Bush led the way for the Saints taking a punt return 83-yards for a touchdown and then added a 46-yard touchdown run for his second score of the day. Bush had 84 yards on just 5 carries and a record setting 16.8 yards per carry day.
Bush was complimented by Drew Brees who added a 23 for 32 passing day for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The day never really went right for Kurt Warner and the Cardinals, even though it started out very well with Tim Hightower ripping off 70 yard run for a touchdown from the first play at the line of scrimmage. From there it sort of all fell apart as the Saints stripped the ball on the Cardinals next possession, which was after they had tied the game at 7 all.
The Arizona Cardinals allowed 90 points in their 2 post season games this year. Teams that allowed 50 points or more are 1-6 in their following game. Kurt Warner is 0-3 in the Superdome in the post season, which also renews speculation that he will return now that his season is over.
For the Saints, Bush had 217 all purpose yards and tied Charlie Trippi as the only two players to ever to have a punt return for a touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the same game in the post season.
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