GIANTS 14 Just like the old days in Dallas, Emmitt Smith made life miserable for the New York Giants on Sunday.
And the Giants aided greatly in their own demise.
Smith rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Arizona sacked Kurt Warner six times, including four by Bertrand Berry, in the Cardinals' 17-14 victory over New York.
Smith rushed for 67 yards on 19 carries -- and 30 of those yards came on Arizona's go-ahead touchdown drive. He had scoring runs of two and three yards en route to passing 18,000 yards rushing in his career.
It was the first time in two seasons that Smith had run for two scores in a game.
Arizona (4-5) won its second straight, improved to 3-1 at home and is just a game back in the weak NFC West. After a 4-1 start, the Giants (5-4) have lost three of four.
Tiki Barber rushed for 108 yards on 21 carries, but had only 28 on nine attempts in the second half.
New York was penalized 10 times for 97 yards, including infractions that played big roles in all three of Arizona's scores. The Cardinals had three penalties for 15 yards.
New York's futility included a bizarre fake punt, with punter Jeff Feagles throwing incomplete in an odd formation with players spread all over the field.
With Arizona trailing 14-10, Karl Williams's best punt return of the season -- 38 yards -- put the Cardinals at the Giants 37. Reggie Taylor sacked Josh McCown for a 12-yard loss, but a hands-to-the-face penalty against Will Peterson negated the play.
Smith carried six times for 30 yards on the drive, including the final three for the score that put the Cardinals up for the first time, 17-14, with 1 minute 9 seconds left in the third quarter.
New York's hopes for a comeback ended when Karlos Dansby, who had two sacks, deflected Warner's pass on fourth and two at the Giants 33 with 1:04 to play.
New York's offensive line pushed the Cardinals around like playground bullies on a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives to start the game.
The Giants used 61/2 minutes and 11 plays on the first drive, getting 40 yards through the air and 40 on the ground. Warner threw two yards to a wide-open Jeremy Shockey for the score with 3:38 left in the first quarter.