Chicago (AP) — Kurt Warner envisioned doing this on a regular basis at
Soldier Field. Good thing for the Arizona Cardinals, the Chicago Bears
took a pass on him.
One week after throwing five interceptions,
Warner tied a career high by throwing five touchdown passes while Larry
Fitzgerald added 123 yards receiving to lead the Arizona Cardinals to
an easy 41-21 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Warner was at
his best after a miserable performance in a 34-21 loss to Carolina. He
handled a team that had a chance to sign him as a backup four years
ago, matching the record for TD passes by a Bears opponent without
getting picked off.
Two of them went to Fitzgerald, who had his
way with Charles Tillman before the cornerback left the game with a
shoulder injury in the second quarter, but this was Warner's afternoon.
completed 23 of 32 for 261 yards and threw touchdown passes on the
first four possessions. Neil Rackers added field goals on the next two,
booting a 43-yarder at the end of the half and a 30-yarder in the third
quarter to make it 34-7, sending Arizona (5-3) to an easy win and
Chicago (4-4) to a damaging loss.
The Bears got within 34-21
after Zackary Bowman returned an interception by Matt Leinart 39 yards
to the Arizona 28, setting up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler
to Greg Olsen with 9:04 left in the game. Olsen had five catches for 71
yards and three touchdowns.
Otherwise, it was a rough afternoon for Chicago, which is in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight year.
Hightower ran for 77 yards, Beanie Wells added 72 rushing and the
Cardinals' offense racked up 438 yards even though Arizona was missing
wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
He missed the game with a sprained right ankle. The Cardinals, however, did not miss a beat.
helped that they didn't have to contend with Chicago's Tommie Harris
after the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle slugged offensive tackle
Deuce Lutui in the head as they were on the ground on the game's first
possession. He got ejected, and the Bears unraveled.
wasted a good effort by Jay Cutler, who threw for 369 yards while
completing 29 of 47 passes. He got sacked four times for the second
straight week and got shaken up on a hit early in the third quarter,
dropping his helmet and taking a knee after he walked to the sideline.
He was fine. The Bears are far from it, and they have little time to regroup, with a Thursday night game at San Francisco.
Bears then close out the month against Philadelphia and the first of
two games against NFC North leader Minnesota, a difficult stretch for a
team whose playoff hopes are hanging in the balance.
weren't looking good for the Bears after Harris got tossed for slugging
Lutui near the face after they ended up on the ground following a run
play. Things only got worse from there, and leading the way was Warner,
who wound up signing with the Cardinals in 2005 in part because the
Bears were committed to Rex Grossman.
His 11-yard touchdown pass
to Larry Fitzgerald capped the opening drive, giving the Cardinals a
7-0 lead. The Bears quickly tied it thanks to two long passes by Cutler
— a 42-yarder to Devin Hester and a 33-yard touchdown to Olsen — but
the Cardinals wasted no time busting this game open.
responded with a 74-yard drive that Warner finished off with a 6-yard
touchdown pass to Ben Patrick that made it 14-7 with 3:26 left in the