Cardinals have a kick at NFL fiesta

first_img Josh McCown passed for a career-high 385 yards and two touchdowns and Neil Rackers kicked a career-best six field goals. But the sloppy play and one-sided result in a game between two of the NFL’s worst teams seemed secondary to the goodwill and international exposure of a foreign venture the league hopes to turn into an annual affair. @Roundup Score:At Falcons 30, Vikings 10 @Roundup Text:Michael Vick went down midway through the second quarter with a sprained right knee and watched the rest of the game from the sideline as backup Matt Schaub and the defense finished off Atlanta’s rout. Warrick Dunn rushed for 126 yards, including his 50th career touchdown on a 37-yard run, to lead a 274-yard performance on the ground. Vick ran for 58 yards and threw a touchdown pass before getting hurt. The Falcons’ defense made things miserable for Daunte Culpepper, who was sacked nine times, intercepted twice and lost a fumble for the Vikings (1-3). Coleman, Brady Smith and Demorrio Williams had two sacks apiece for the Falcons (3-1), who had their most sacks since a franchise-record 10 against New Orleans in 1997. @Roundup Score:Broncos 20, at Jaguars 7 @Roundup Text:Jake Plummer threw two touchdown passes to backup offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell, while Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell combined for 175 yards rushing. The Broncos (3-1) won their third in a row despite a short week that followed a Monday night victory against Kansas City and improved to 3-10 in Florida. They had been 0-2 in Jacksonville. Denver played well without star cornerback Champ Bailey, whose streak of 99 consecutive starts ended when he was inactive with a hamstring injury. Fred Taylor carried eight times for 14 yards, and the Jaguars (2-2) finished with a franchise-low 12 yards rushing. @Roundup Score:At Buccaneers 17, Lions 13 @Roundup Text:Joey Galloway scored on an 80-yard reception and Brian Griese threw for 302 yards as Tampa Bay got off to its first 4-0 start since 1997. Rookie Carnell Williams was slowed by a sore hamstring and held to 13 yards on 11 carries. He left the game late in the third quarter and did not return. He also has been slowed by a sprained foot. Detroit (1-2) thought it would escape with a victory when Joey Harrington found Marcus Pollard in the right corner of the end zone, but the tight end’s sliding catch was reversed by instant replay. @Roundup Score:At Saints 19, Bills 7 @Roundup Text:Aaron Brooks ran for a touchdown, John Carney kicked four field goals and the defense kept Buffalo’s floundering offense bottled up after the first quarter as New Orleans won in the Alamodome. The Saints also snapped a two-game losing streak in their temporary home after Hurricane Katrina forced them from the Superdome. Donte’ Stallworth had eight receptions for 129 yards and Deuce McAllister rushed for 130 yards for the Saints (2-2). J.P. Losman continued to struggle for Buffalo (1-3), going 7 of 15 for 75 yards with an interception and three sacks before he was replaced by Kelly Holcomb at the start of the fourth quarter. @Roundup Score:At Ravens 13, Jets 3 @Roundup Text:Jamal Lewis scored on a 1-yard run, Matt Stover kicked two field goals, and Baltimore won its first game of the year. The Ravens (1-2) held Curtis Martin to 30 yards on 13 carries, sacked third-string quarterback Brooks Bollinger five times and limited the Jets (1-3), to eight first downs and 152 yards. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The cavernous arena was packed to the rafters with a crowd that exceeded the league’s most optimistic projections two days ago. It proved the sport’s avid following in Mexico is second to none outside the United States. “The experience in Mexico City has been wonderful, and this capped it off,” said Rackers, who fell one short of the NFL record for field goals in a game. “It was wonderful. They’re great fans, really into the game, more knowledgeable than I thought they would be. It was probably the best crowd I’ve been around.” The Cardinals (1-3) agreed to give up a home game to make history, and the NFC West rivals played in front of 68,398 more fans than they drew for last season’s meeting at Sun Devil Stadium. The crowd topped the previous NFL record for a regular-season game, when 102,368 fans saw the Los Angeles Rams play the 49ers at the Coliseum on Nov. 10, 1957. Rackers loved the mountain air in a city 2,000 feet higher than Denver and connected from 40, 45, 48, 23, 43 and 24 yards, but the Cardinals decided not to kick one last, late field goal to tie the league record held by four players. “I’d rather be a gentleman and not kick a field goal against a team we’ve got to play again this season,” Rackers said. center_img MEXICO CITY — The NFL threw a fiesta at Azteca Stadium, and the biggest regular-season crowd in league history turned up wearing vibrant colors and singing raucous cheers. Mexico’s 103,467 fans created a thrilling atmosphere at the league’s first regular-season game outside the United States — even though the Arizona Cardinals’ 31-14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t exactly the most savory version of “futbol americano.” last_img

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