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               === Cardinals top turnover-prone Ryan, Falcons ===
 Glendale, AZ ( - Andre Ellington rushed for 154 yards with a
 touchdown  and the  Arizona defense  picked off  Matt Ryan  four times  in the
 Cardinals' 27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
 Carson  Palmer completed  13-of-18 throws for 172 yards, with touchdown passes
 to   Larry  Fitzgerald   and  Michael  Floyd  and  one  interception  for  the
 Cardinals (4-4), who snapped a two-game skid.
 Rashad  Johnson had  two  picks of  Ryan, while  Daryl  Washington and  Tyrann
 Mathieu   finished   with   one   interception  apiece.   Arizona   has   nine
 interceptions in its last two games against the Falcons.
 "I can't say enough about the young guys who stepped up today. Our veterans
 showed up as well. We won this game on Monday when we came out for practice
 with pads on. This defense has committed to defending every blade of grass on
 the field," said Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.
 Ryan completed 34-of-61 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown and Harry Douglas
 caught  12 passes  for 121 yards for  Atlanta (2-5), which is off to its worst
 seven-game start since going 1-6 in 2007.
 "Any time you give up explosive plays like we did in the first half we lose
 leverage and when you can't run the ball, it is a recipe for not playing
 efficient football, and that was the case today in Arizona," said Falcons head
 coach Mike Smith.
 Atlanta  cut  its deficit  to 7-6  following Matt  Bryant's 30-yard field goal
 midway  through  the second  quarter,  but  Ellington  ripped off  an  80-yard
 touchdown  to extend  the Cardinals' lead. The rookie was initially bottled up
 at  the line, but bounced out around the left side and raced down the sideline
 for the score.
 Palmer's  15-yard  touchdown pass to Floyd  5 1/2 minutes later put Arizona on
 top by a 21-6 score.
 Washington  picked  off Ryan  at the  Atlanta 22-yard line  early in the third
 quarter.  Despite the  excellent field position, Arizona came away with just a
 filed  goal  after Palmer's  throw on 3rd-and-long  fell incomplete. Jay Feely
 nailed a 39-yarder on the next play to make it 24-6.
 Feely's  second field goal, a 38-yarder with 8:40 left in the game, just snuck
 inside the left upright to put Arizona up by three touchdowns.
 The Falcons found the end zone on the 14th play of the ensuing drive when Ryan
 connected with a wide-open Drew Davis in the left corner for a 4-yard score.
 Atlanta  then recovered  an onside kick, but Johnson picked off Ryan with 2:58
 left to seal the win.
 Asante  Samuel  intercepted Palmer  at the  Arizona 31-yard  line in the first
 quarter  for the  game's first scoring chance. Atlanta picked up a first down,
 but  Ryan's  pass on 3rd-and-5 was  nearly intercepted and the Falcons settled
 for a 24-yard Bryant field goal.
 A  51-yard completion from  Palmer to Teddy Williams got the Cards down to the
 Falcons  8-yard  line  on  the  next drive.  Two  plays  later,  Palmer  found
 Fitzgerald  wide open  in the  end zone  for a  7-3 lead  early in  the second
                                   Game Notes
 Ellington's  80-yard touchdown  run was  the third-longest  offensive play  in
 franchise  history ... Fitzgerald, 30, became the youngest player to reach 800
 career  receptions ...  Mathieu finished  with  seven tackles  and two  passes
 defensed  ... The Falcons were held to just 27 yards rushing ... Atlanta tight
 end Tony Gonzalez was held to just three catches for 26 yards.
 10/27 22:05:39 ET

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