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              === Fitzgerald, Palmer push Cardinals past Colts ===
 
 Glendale,  AZ  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Larry  Fitzgerald  caught two  touchdown
 passes  from  Carson Palmer  as the  Arizona Cardinals  used a 20-point second
 quarter to beat the Indianapolis Colts by a 40-11 margin.
 
 Fitzgerald  caught  five passes for 52  yards, becoming the youngest player in
 NFL  history  to reach 11,000  yards receiving.  Michael Floyd hauled in seven
 passes for 104 yards for the Cardinals (7-4), who have won  four in a row.
 
 "I  don't think  we're well respected throughout the league and that's not any
 body's  fault  but our  own," Palmer  said. "I think  we're better than people
 think."
 
 Palmer completed 26-of-37 passes for 314 yards for Arizona. Rashard Mendenhall
 carried the ball 13 times for 54 yards and a score.
 
 Bruce Arians faced the Colts for the first time since leaving the team for the
 head coaching job in Arizona.
 
 Last  season,  Arians became  the Colts'  interim head  coach after their head
 coach  Chuck  Pagano was diagnosed  with leukemia.  Arians was 9-3 in Pagano's
 absence  and  helped Indianapolis to  the playoffs one  year after it had gone
 2-14  while Peyton Manning stood injured on the sidelines. He became the first
 interim  coach  to be named  the league's coach of  the year, and parlayed the
 success into a four-year deal with the Cardinals in January.
 
 Andrew  Luck  completed 20-of-39  passes for  163 yards,  one touchdown and an
 interception  for the Colts  (7-4), who lead the Titans by two games for first
 place in the AFC South. Tennessee beat Oakland on Sunday.
 
 "It's  embarrassing,"  Luck admitted. "They  executed and we didn't. Credit to
 them."
 
 The  Cardinals  got the  ball to  start the  game and  scored a touchdown. Rob
 Housler  caught passes of 15 and 20 yards to move the ball to the Indianapolis
 19-yard  line. Andre  Ellington added a 12-yard run before Fitzgerald caught a
 4-yard TD pass.
 
 The  Arizona offense  continued  to  move the  ball  on  its next  possession.
 Mendenhall's 24-yard catch and a defensive pass interference penalty moved the
 ball to the Indianapolis 28. Ellington's 13-yard run helped the Cardinals move
 the  ball to the  10-yard line. Jay Feely came on to try a 28-yard field goal,
 but it was blocked.
 
 The  Colts  got some offense going  on their second possession. Coby Fleener's
 16-yard  catch,  T.Y. Hilton's 12-yard  grab and a defensive pass interference
 penalty  moved  the ball to the  Arizona 10-yard line. Indianapolis stalled on
 offense  from there  and had  to settle  for a  27-yard field  goal from  Adam
 Vinatieri.
 
 The  Cardinals created  some distance  with a  20-point second  quarter. Floyd
 caught  a 29-yard  pass  prior to  Fitzgerald's 26-yard  TD  catch with  13:29
 left in the half.
 
 Feely added a 48-yard field goal with 8:15 remaining.
 
 On the second play of the ensuing Indianapolis possession, Luck was picked off
 by Karlos Dansby. The linebacker returned the ball 22 yards for a touchdown.
 
 Feely's  50-yard  field goal at  the end  of the half  made it a 27-3 contest.
 Fitzgerald made the field goal possible with a 16-yard catch on 3rd-and-14.
 
 The Colts turned the ball over on downs to start the second half. Luck led his
 team down to the Arizona 36. He threw three straight incomplete passes and the
 Indianapolis offense left the field with no points.
 
 The  Cardinals then put together an 11-play, 64-yard march that took over five
 minutes off the clock. The home team faced a trio of third downs on the drive.
 Jaron  Brown  and Floyd  converted  the  first  two  before a  defensive  pass
 interference  call  gave Arizona a  first down  at the 5-yard line. Mendenhall
 followed with a 5-yard TD run.
 
 With  10:26  left in the  fourth quarter, Fleener caught  a 17-yard TD pass. A
 successful two-point conversion got the Colts within 34-11.
 
 Feely made two more field goals to account for the final margin.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Arizona  racked up  410 yards of total  offense, compared to 239 for the Colts
 ...  Indianapolis fullback  Stanley Havili and linebacker Kavell Conner missed
 the game ... Ellington carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards.
 
 
 11/24 22:49:40 ET

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