The Washington Post
Monday, Oct. 22, 2007; Page E13
FIRST QUARTERRedskins 7 Cardinals 0 TThe teams traded punts to start the game, with Arizona's Matt Ware giving the Cardinals excellent field position by blocking Derrick Frost's offering. But the Cardinals gave the ball back almost immediately on a Sean Taylor interception; his 48-yard return gave Washington the ball at the Arizona 25-yard line. A methodical eight-play drive ended with Clinton Portis's two-yard touchdown run, his fourth of the season. Quarterback Jason Campbell threw two passes on the drive. Arizona moved the ball well on its ensuing possession, but the drive fizzled after an illegal block, the team's fourth penalty of the quarter.
SECOND QUARTERRedskins 14 Cardinals 6 After an eight-play drive stalled at the Cardinals 38-yard line, the Redskins' defense managed to break up the scoring drought. Kurt Warner was intercepted over the middle by linebacker London Fletcher, whose 27-yard return put the Redskins up 14-0. Arizona moved the ball on its next drive but was stopped on fourth and two at the Washington 48. But Campbell's screen pass on first down was picked off by linebacker Calvin Pace and returned to the 23-yard line. On fourth and goal, Warner found Anquan Boldin in the back of the end zone to pull the Cardinals within 8. The ensuing extra point was blocked, and Carlos Rogers and Cardinals place kicker Neil Rackers tangled as the half ended.
THIRD QUARTERRedskins 21 Cardinals 6 Rock Cartwright returned the opening kickoff 80 yards, but the Redskins got nothing after Shaun Suisham missed a 41-yard field goal attempt wide left. Arizona failed to do anything on offense, and the Redskins then padded their lead with an 11-play, 59-yard drive, highlighted by a 26-yard catch from Antwaan Randle El and Portis's second touchdown run of the afternoon. The Cardinals then embarked on a bizarre drive that included a third-down unnecessary roughness call on LaRon Landry, and a third-down unsportsmanlike conduct call against Fletcher for taunting the Arizona bench. As the quarter ended, the Cardinals had the ball at the Washington 5.
FOURTH QUARTER, OTRedskins 21 Cardinals 19 The Cardinals dominated the quarter, cutting the lead to 21-13 with a 10-yard pass from Kurt Warner to Boldin. Boldin got open in the middle of the end zone after Warner scrambled out of pressure. The touchdown capped a 12-play drive that began in the third quarter. The Cardinals scored their second touchdown of the quarter when backup quarterback Tim Rattay completed a one-yard pass to Leonard Pope. The two-point conversion failed, forcing Arizona to attempt an onside kick. The Cardinals recovered with 20 seconds to play and advanced to the Redskins 37 to set up a 55-yard field goal attempt by Rackers, but the kick sailed wide left with a second to play.