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               === Mendenhall's TD lifts Cardinals over Lions ===
 
 Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall's touchdown run late in the
 game lifted the Arizona Cardinals to a 25-21 victory over the Detroit Lions on
 Sunday.
 
 Mendenhall  finished with  66 yards on 15 carries, while Carson Palmer was 22-
 for-39  with  248 yards, one touchdown  and one interception for the Cardinals
 (1-1), who bounced back from last week's 27-24 loss in St. Louis.
 
 Matthew  Stafford  was 24-for-36 for 278  yards and two scores, both to Calvin
 Johnson.  Johnson  finished the  game with  six catches for  116 yards for the
 Lions  (1-1),  who opened  their season  with a 34-24  victory at home against
 Minnesota.
 
 "We didn't execute as well as we needed to in the second half," Stafford said.
 
 The game-winning drive began at the Arizona 39 with 4:28 to play and the first
 snap  saw Andre Ellington  run it around the right end for 16 yards. Two plays
 later, Michael Floyd caught a pass for 11 yards. Facing 3rd-and-8, Palmer went
 deep  for Andre Roberts  and got a pass interference call to set up a 1st-and-
 goal at the 1-yard line.
 
 Two  plays after that, Mendenhall stretched it over the line and, after the 2-
 point conversion failed, it was 25-21 with 1:59 to play.
 
 Detroit failed on a 4th-and-4 and Arizona killed off the rest of the clock for
 the win.
 
 Stafford  fumbled a  handoff to  Reggie Bush  early in  the third  quarter and
 Arizona  recovered at the  Detroit 7. However, the team was unable to move the
 ball  and a 23-yard  field goal from Jay Feely cut the deficit to 14-13 just 4
 1/2 minutes in.
 
 Following  a  Detroit punt, Arizona was  driving and got the ball into Detroit
 territory,  buy  Deandre Levy stepped  in front of a  Palmer pass and went the
 other  way  for a 66-yard score  and a 21-13 lead  with 7:04 left in the third
 quarter.
 
 The  Cardinals answered  on their next touch with a 7-play, 55-yard drive that
 saw  Feely hit a  43-yard field goal to make it a 21-16 game with 4:13 left in
 the third.
 
 With  a  drive that  spanned the  third and fourth  quarter, the Cardinals cut
 their deficit to two points on Feely's fourth field goal of the game, this one
 from 33 yards out.
 
 David  Akers  had a  47-yard field  goal attempt  blocked on Detroit's ensuing
 possession.
 
 After  exchanging punts to  start the game, Detroit had a chance to get on the
 board when Akers lined up for a 52-yard field goal that me missed to the left.
 A  running-into-the-kicker call  gave him another shot from five yards closer,
 but he missed that one to the right.
 
 In  the second quarter,  Arizona started a drive near midfield and was able to
 get  a 47-yard field  goal from Feely for a 3-0 lead with 11:44 to play in the
 second quarter.
 
 Detroit  came right back with a quick score as the third play saw Stafford hit
 Johnson  with a  quick pass to the  left and he raced through the middle, then
 down the right sideline for a 72-yard score and a 7-3 lead.
 
 Arizona  came right  back with a six-play  drive that covered 80 yards in just
 under  three  minutes as  Palmer went  deep and found  Ellington for a 36-yard
 score and a 10-7 lead with 7:32 to play in the half.
 
 "It was a perfect call," Ellington said of his touchdown. "We kind of snuck
 one on them."
 
 Starting at their own 8-yard line, Stafford converted a third down with a pass
 to  Bush that he took for 26 yards. A 20-yard run from Joique Bell followed by
 a  pair of  penalties to Arizona saw  Detroit have a first down at the Arizona
 15.  Following a  12-yard catch from Nate Burleson, Stafford tossed a score to
 Johnson for a 3-yard score and a 14-10 lead with 1:55 left in the half.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Palmer  moved over 30,000  yards passing in the game and is the seventh active
 quarterback  to reach  that mark ... Bush  only played the first series in the
 second  half due to a knee injury. He sat on the sidelines for the rest of the
 game  ...  Arizona wide receiver Larry  Fitzgerald, who had two catches for 33
 yards,  left the game after tweaking a hamstring injury that had him listed as
 questionable  for  the game ... Arizona  has won five straight against Detroit
 ...  Detroit plays  in Washington next Sunday ... Arizona plays in New Orleans
 next week.
 
 09/15 23:02:42 ET