Fight of the Birds: Arizona Cardinals Get Shut Down By Atlanta Falcons

Jordan SingerContributor ISeptember 19, 2010

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jason Snelling #44 of the Atlanta Falcons dives over for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at Georgia Dome on September 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals were in the Georgia Dome Sunday to take on the Atlanta Falcons behind Matt Ryan and crew.

Trust me, it wasn't pretty. If you've got it recorded on TiVo, I don't recommended taking a look.

Ryan and Roddy White took flight early, connecting for a touchdown pass on the opening drive. As for the Cardinals, it all spun out of control from there. Derek Anderson didn't look his best, completing only 17 of his 31 attempts. Anderson did not put up any scores, throwing two interceptions while throwing for 161 yards.

Tim Hightower stole the Cardinals offensive showing, rushing for 115 yards on 11 carries. Hightower broke out an 80-yard run for a touchdown, which is also the longest run of his career.

On the Falcons side of things, Ryan connected on 21 passes, missing only 11 throws. Ryan took the spotlight in passing, giving the Falcons 225 yards through the air. Ryan threw for three scores, while throwing no interceptions.

On the running side of the Falcons, Michael Turner ended his day a bit early with a groin injury. Besides the injury, he produced 75 yards on nine attempts.

Jason Snelling then took over for Turner, coming out big. Snelling ran two touchdowns into the end zone, ending his day with 129 yards on 24 attempts.

Larry Fitzgerald and White, two outstanding wide outs, both caught seven passes. Fitz came out on top in yards, with 83, just five more than Whites 78 yards.

While White caught a touchdown off of Ryan, Anderson and Fitzgerald were unable to find the end zone.

Ken Wisenhunt saw enough of Anderson by halftime, and went to the rookie Max Hall to try and give flight to the Cardinals.

Hall made his NFL debut, connecting on one pass while missing another—only getting three yards through the air.

Atlanta's offense and defense both stole the show, beating the Cardinals in a 41-7 blowout win. Both of the birds now stand with a 1-1 record.

Arizona lands at home in Week 3, while looking to rebound against the Oakland Raiders.

Atlanta heads to the Superdome to take on the reigning Super Bowl champion Saints.