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Arizona Cardinals Pound Detroit Lions, 38-10, End Losing Streak

December 16th, 2012 at 7:15 PM
By Steve Smith

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The losing streak is finally over.

Beanie Wells ran for three touchdowns and Greg Toler and Rashad Johnson returned interceptions for touchdowns to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 38-10 triumph over the Detroit Lions this afternoon in Glendale. The victory ended the Cardinals' nine-game losing streak, their longest skid since 1944.

Arizona improved to 5-9 while the Lions dipped to 4-10, their sixth straight loss. It was Arizona's first win since Sept. 30, a 24-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

''There was a lot of talk about if our team had quit,'' Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt told the Associated Press. ''When it was 7-0 (Detroit) and we were punting the ball there, I didn't see any quit in our guys.'' 

The Red Birds intercepted Matthew Stafford three times, returning two of them for scores. Toler's 102-yard interception return in the fourth quarter was the longest interception return in franchise history and gave the Red Birds a 31-10 lead. Johnson's interception return for a TD was a 53-yarder that closed out the first half.

It was a complete domination and a shocking one at that. The 38 points were the most the Cardinals scored all season and there were plenty of contributors.

Wells rushed for a game-high 67 yards while cornerback Patrick Peterson added his seventh interception of the season. Larry Fitzgerald actually made more than one catch – he had four although they totaled just 22 yards. It's a step in the right direction though.

Detroit's Calvin Johnson had 10 receptions for 121 yards and became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 1,600-yard receiving seasons. Megatron also tied an NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard receiving game.

Rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley made his third NFL start and was 14 of 21 for 104 yards and one interception. 

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Beanie Wells, Calvin Johnson, Football, Greg Toler, Ken Whisenhunt, Larry Fitzgerald, Matthew Stafford, NFL, Patrick Peterson, Rashad Johnson, Ryan Lindley

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