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                === Wells helps Cardinals snap 9-game slide ===
 
 Glendale,  AZ  (Sports Network) - Beanie  Wells had three scores on the ground
 and Arizona returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the Cardinals snapped
 a nine-game skid with a 38-10 win over the reeling Detroit Lions.
 
 Arizona  (5-9)  managed just 196  yards of offense in  the game, but took full
 advantage  of four Detroit turnovers by turning them into 28 points to win for
 the first time since winning the first four games of the season.
 
 Wells  finished the  game with  17 carries  for 67  yards  while  Ryan Lindley 
 was  a paltry  14-for-21 with 104 yards and an interception for the Cardinals,
 who avoided tying the longest losing streak in franchise history when the 1943
 team, then based in Chicago, dropped 10 in a row.
 
 "This game's about winning, and when you go through a stretch like we did it's
 tough,"  Arizona  head coach Ken  Whisenhunt said.  "It's really hard, but our
 guys stuck together."
 
 Detroit  (4-10), meanwhile, is in the midst of a six-game losing streak and is
 now in double-digit losses after going 10-6 last season.
 
 Matthew  Stafford  was picked off three  times and finished the game 24-for-50
 with 246 yards.
 
 "That's  about as bad as I can play," Stafford said. "For us to be successful,
 I need to play a whole lot better than that and I understand that."
 
 The  lone bright  spot of  the game  for Detroit  was superstar  wide receiver
 Calvin  Johnson,  who caught 10  passes for 121 yards.  He tied the NFL record
 with   his   seventh  straight   100-yard  receiving   game,  which  was  also
 accomplished by Charley Hennigan in 1961 and Michael Irvin in 1995.
 
 With  1,667 yards  this season, he is  just 182 yards away from breaking Jerry
 Rice's  single-season  record that was set  in 1995. Also, with 106 catches he
 set  a new career-high for a single season and became the first player ever to
 have consecutive 1,600-yard receiving campaigns.
 
 Neither  team got  much going offensively in the first quarter, with the Lions
 blowing  a  big opportunity after  an interception  at midfield as they didn't
 move the ball at all.
 
 The Lions ended the frame with the ball and were finally able to put points on
 the  board  when Mikel Leshoure punched  it in from a  yard out for a 7-0 lead
 with  12:51 left in the half. The 11-play, 73-yard drive saw Detroit convert a
 pair of third downs.
 
 Arizona  followed with  a couple of first  downs, but wound up having to punt.
 However,  a Detroit player  ran into Stefan Logan as he was trying to make the
 catch, resulting in a fumble that the Cardinals recovered at the Detroit 5. On
 the next play, Wells bulled his way up through the middle to tie the game with
 9:18 to play.
 
 Following an exchange of punts, Detroit was pinned back at its own 7-yard line
 and  a pair of  false starts moved the ball to the two. Stafford then heaved a
 pass  down  the right sideline  for Johnson, but it  was picked off by Patrick
 Peterson, who took it down to the Lions' 3-yard line.
 
 Two plays later, Wells punched it in from a yard out for a 14-7 lead with 3:16
 remaining.
 
 Arizona  again benefited  from  a  Detroit turnover  on  the Lions'  following
 touch.  On  a  3rd-and-15  near  midfield, Stafford's  pass  attempt  to  Tony
 Scheffler  was  nabbed by Rashad  Johnson, who went  the distance on a 53-yard
 score to give the team a 21-7 lead going into the break.
 
 The Cardinals' first possession of the second half bore fruit as the team went
 30 yards in eight plays and got a 51-yard field goal from Jay Feely for a 24-7
 advantage with 9:19 left in the third.
 
 Detroit  responded  with a march  of its own as  an 11-play, 57-yard drive was
 capped  on  a 41-yard  field goal from  Jason Hanson with  4:11 showing on the
 clock.
 
 In  the fourth,  the Lions started a drive  at their own 13 and the first play
 saw  Calvin  Johnson catch a pass  for 30 yards. The  team then got in the red
 zone  and opted  to go for it on  4th-and-2 at the Arizona 4. Stafford threw a
 pass  to  the left corner,  but it was  grabbed by Greg  Toler and he went the
 other  way for a franchise-record 102-yard return to seal the win with 5:07 to
 play.
 
 Stafford  was  sacked on a  4th-and-10 and Wells put  the emphasis on the rout
 with a 31-yard score to account for the final margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Calvin  Johnson has at least one catch in all 90 of his NFL games ... Detroit,
 which went 2-6 on the road this season, plays its final two games at home with
 a  matchup against Atlanta next Saturday ... Arizona hosts Chicago next Sunday
 ... The Cardinals have won four straight against the Lions ... Detroit totaled
 312  yards  in offense ...  Leshoure finished the game  with 14 carries for 55
 yards.
 
 12/16 21:01:00 ET

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