Arizona Cardinals Beat Carolina Panthers In Season Opener, 28-21

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Kevin Kolb #7 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass during the NFL season opening game against the Carolina Panthers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Cardiac Cards were at their finest today.  

In a game that was close right to the end, the Arizona Cardinals managed to defeat Cam Newton (who had a record-breaking debut) and the Carolina Panthers.  It was mostly an Offense dominated game, although the Defense managed to step-up at the end, and win the game for the Cardinals.

Hit the jump for some quick details from the NFL season opener.

Cam Newton was good.

Actually, that's an understatement.  He was really good.  In fact, he broke the NFL record for most passing yards by a rookie QB, passing for 422 yards and 2 touchdowns vs the Cards Defense.  Luckily, Kevin Kolb put on a show of his own, going 18-27, with 309 yards, 2 TD's (A 45 yard pass to TE Jeff King, and a 70 yard TD play to Early Doucet), and no interceptions. 

Another Offensive star was RB Chris Beanie-Wells, who rushed for 90 yards on 18 carries, with 1 TD of his own.  Although his 1st half was vastly superior to his 2nd half, he still managed to get the job done.  

Cam Newton wasn't the only 1st Round pick that decided to show up.  Rookie CB Patrick Peterson returned an 89 yard punt return for the go-ahead TD.  Fun fact: That's the longest punt return in Cardinals history.  The last time that record was set: 1930.  I think we're set at Punt Returner.

Early Doucet led the Cardinals receivers with 109 yards off 3 receptions, and a TD.  The time of possession for the Cardinals Offense was 27:13, vs. 32:47 for the Panthers.

The Cardinals travel to Washington to take on the Redskins next week.  Oh, and I almost forgot: We're undefeated!

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