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Game 3 Sunday, September 24, 2006 – 1:15 PM
Arizona Cardinals Football Club Game Release
ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-1)
ST. LOUIS RAMS (1-1)
THIS WEEK’S GAME The Cardinals enter the third of three consecutive division games to open the season this week as they host the St. Louis Rams in their first visit to Cardinals Stadium. Both teams enter this week’s game at 1-1 and are coming off divisional losses on the road. The Cardinals fell to the Seahawks 21-10 while the Rams were defeated 20-13 by the 49ers. This week’s game marks the third time that Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner will face his former team. Warner spent 1998-2003 with the Rams and led them to two Super Bowl appearances. Warner was the league’s MVP in 1999 and 2001 and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV. Warner needs 254 yards this week in his 76th career game to become the second-fastest player to reach 20,000 passing yards (Dan Marino, 75). In two games against the Rams in 2005, Warner passed for 327 and 285 yards while completing a combined 69.1% of his passes. The Cardinals will face their first non-divisional opponent of ’06 next week as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. The Rams will return to St. Louis to host the Detroit Lions. These two teams will meet again on December 3, 2006 in St. Louis.
THE SERIES The Cardinals and Rams have met 41 times since 1946 with the Rams holding a 23-16 advantage in the series. Two games have ended in a tie. The Cards and Rams have met twice annually since the Cardinals joined the NFC West in 2002. The Cardinals have won two of the last three meetings between the two teams, but the Rams have taken six of eight since the Cards joined the division. The Rams relocated to St. Louis from Los Angeles in 1995. The Cardinals left St. Louis following the 1987 season for Arizona.
SERIES NOTES Overall Regular Season Series: 16-23-2 Cardinals at home against StL: Cardinals last win: 11/20/05, W, 38-28 @ St. Louis First Meeting: 10/27/46, W, 34-10 vs. L.A. Rams Last Meeting: 11/20/05, W, 38-28 @ St. Louis Next Meeting: 12/3/05, @ St. Louis
CARDS & RAMS SINCE 2002 Date Site Result Nov. 20, 2005 St. Louis W, 38-28 Sep. 18, 2005 Arizona L, 12-17 Dec. 19, 2004 Arizona W, 31-7 Sep. 12, 2004 St. Louis L, 10-17 Nov. 23, 2003 Arizona L, 27-30 (OT) Sep. 28, 2003 St. Louis L, 13-37 Dec. 15, 2002 St. Louis L, 28-30 Nov. 3, 2002 Arizona L, 14-27
THE COACHES Dennis Green Scott Linehan 113-92-0 Overall Record 1-1 109-84-0 Regular Season Record 1-1 4-8 Playoff Record 0-0 13th Years as Head Coach in NFL 1st 3rd Years with team 1st 0-0 Head-to-Head 0-0
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CARDINALS SPANISH RADIO Flagship: KMIA 710 AM
Play-by-Play: Gabriel Trujillo Color Analyst: Luis Zendejas
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CARDINALS STADIUM OPENS
Three years and four months passed between ground- breaking and the preseason opener vs. Pittsburgh, but who’s counting? Cardinals Stadium opened as the most innovative stadium ever built in North America. The first stadium in North America to feature a retractable, natural grass playing field, Cardinals Stadium was named one of the 10 most impressive sports structures in the world by Business Week, before it ever hosted an event. The Cardinals opened their 2006 NFL preseason against the reigning Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers with a 21-13 victory.
RING OF HONOR The Cardinals have inducted nine former Cardinals into the team’s Ring of Honor in the inaugural season at Cardinals Stadium. The team will also induct two more former Cardinals in 2006, Dan Dierdorf and Pat Tillman. At halftime of the first preseason game, the Cardinals inducted eight members into their Ring of Honor: Charles W. Bidwill Sr. (HOF 1967) Jimmy Conzelman (HOF 1964) John “Paddy” Driscoll (HOF 1965) Marshall Goldberg Dick “Night Train” Lane (HOF 1974) Ollie Matson (HOF 1972) Ernie Nevers (HOF 1963) Charlie Trippi (HOF 1968) At halftime of the Cardinals regular season opener vs. San Francisco on September 10, the team added Larry Wilson (HOF 1978) to the Ring of Honor. On October 16 at halftime of the Cardinals Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears, the team will induct Dierdorf (HOF 1994). On November 12, Veterans Day weekend, the team will add Pat Tillman to the Ring of Honor when the team hosts Dallas.
A HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
With every game sold out and the stadium filled primarily with Cardinals season ticket holders, fans of the Cardinals opponents can no longer count on a trip to the desert to root on their favorite team. Cardinal fans dominated the season opener, overwhelming opposing fans that were able to acquire tickets. The home crowd did not go unappreciated as the Cardinals players noticed the home crowd as soon as they stepped foot on to the field. "It actually feels like home now,” said Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin. “You go out and see everyone in Cardinals' jersey or Cardinals' colors - so it's good. The fans came out and supported us. I've been here going on four years now and we haven't had that kind of crowd, so it was good.”
CARDINALS EXTREME HOME FIELD MAKEOVER
CARDS SELL OUT REGULAR SEASON
The Cardinals sold out of their 2006 season ticket allotment in early May following the NFL Draft. However fans did have an opportunity to purchase single game tickets. On Saturday, July 22, remaining tickets for the Cardinals 10 home games went on sale to the public and within a short time, every seat to all 10 home games was sold.
STADIUM FIRSTS (REGULAR SEASON)
Coin Toss: San Francisco wins, elects to receive National Anthem: Jordin Sparks Play: San Francisco's Frank Gore off left tackle for 32 yards Tackle: Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson on Gore’s run Completion: Alex Smith to Bryan Gilmore, 4 yards, 14:14 of the first quarter Cards Completion: Kurt Warner to Bryant Johnson, 12 yards, 11:02 of the first quarter Score: Smith 31-yard pass to Vernon Davis at 11:56 of the first quarter Field Goal: Cardinals' Neil Rackers, 36 yards, 4:46 of second quarter Penalty: Offensive holding on San Francisco’s Antonio Bryant at 13:36 in the first quarter Sack: San Francisco's Brandon Moore sacks Warner at the Arizona 31 for a 5-yard loss at 13:22 of the second quarter Halftime Score: Cardinals 24, 49ers 14 Victory: Cardinals 34, 49ers 27 Weather conditions: 76 degrees indoors with roof closed; 91 degrees outdoors Replay challenge: Cardinals coach Dennis Green challenged a call of no touchdown on Edgerrin James' first-quarter run up the middle for no gain to the 49ers' 1-yard line. Original call upheld. Referee: Ed Hochuli Attendance: 63,407 Game time: 3:23
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242 x 361 Size in feet of the roof opening; when panels are open it exposes the entire playing field 700 Length in feet of each of the two Brunnel trusses that support the stadium roof; each one is as long as three 747’s lined up end-to-end 490,000 Square feet in the surface area of the roof 18.5 million Approximate weight in pounds of the total roof 550 Weight in tons of each roof panel 10 Approximate number of minutes to open or close the roof 25 Speed in feet per minute at which the roof will move (1/4 m.p.h.) 1 Number of other retractable roof venues In the NFL (Houston’s Reliant Stadium)
1.7 million Square footage of stadium 88 Total number of luxury lofts in stadium 7,501 Total number of club seats in stadium 7 Number of club lounges 63,400 Seating capacity for Cardinals games (expandable to 73,000 for Super Bowls and college Bowl games) 1,250 Approximate number of shade trees used throughout the stadium plaza 21 Number of vertical slots on the exterior wall of stadium 30 Height in feet of the giant numbers designating the three main entrances to the stadium 19 Width in inches of the stadium seats; club seats are 21 inches 10 Number of elevators for public use in stadium 18 Number of escalators for public use in stadium 115+ Number of event days already booked for first year at Cardinals Stadium 1.1 million Projected number of visitors to stadium in its first year 14 Number of new NFL venues HOK has designed 1,175 Total restroom fixtures for public use in the stadium (33 women’s restrooms, 28 men’s, and 12 family restrooms) 310 The number of fixed locations for fans to purchase food and beverages (does not include additional portable locations) 8,000 Tons of cooling used by the stadium’s air conditioning 2,300 Number of Valley homes that could be accommodated by the air conditioning provided at the stadium 14,000 Number of on-site parking spaces (not including additional 11,000 on