For the first time this season, there were no disastrous Jake mistakes. Instead, Jake Plummer played almost error-free, rookie David Boston had a breakthrough game and Arizona's defense did the rest.
"David Boston is now a definite weapon," Plummer said. "It's a shame we didn't use him the first four games. He's going to be great for us."
The Cardinals (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 14-3 victory over New York today as the Giants' offense went from bad to worse under new starting quarterback Kerry Collins.
Plummer, who left the game early in the third quarter with a left hip pointer, but returned with 4 minutes 5 seconds to play, completed 13 of 19 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown, by far his best game of what had been an awful start to his third season. After throwing 13 interceptions in the first four games, he didn't throw one against New York.
Boston, Arizona's No. 1 draft pick and a prime target for Plummer in the absence of injured Rob Moore, caught eight passes for 101 yards, including a spectacular leaping 11-yard touchdown catch with 25 seconds left in the first half.
New York's offense wilted most of the day in the 100-plus-degree heat. Collins, starting in place of Kent Graham, who was out with a concussion, completed 24 of 38 passes for 202 yards and was intercepted once.
Giants Coach Jim Fassel had beaten the Cardinals four times with a pounding ground game, but it didn't work this time against an Arizona defense bolstered by the return of two-time Pro Bowl tackle Eric Swann, who had been out for nearly a year after undergoing two knee operations.
Collins's fumble in the first quarter was recovered by Arizona's Kwamie Lassiter at New York's 30. Plummer was sacked on the next play, but on second and 18, Boston's fingertip catch of a 37-yard pass from Plummer gave Arizona the ball on the 1. Plummer sneaked over on the first play of the second quarter to make it 7-0.