Cardinals Survive Heinz Soup 52-31 The Cardinals open up their season in a wet and muddy Heinz field to face the steelers. After last years embarassing season, this was their first chance to show what they were made of, and they almost let it slip away early. The Cardinals started out with John Skelton at the helm and moved down the field on the legs of Beanie Wells and Darren Sproles. At the 40 yard line the drive stalled and on 4th and 3 they attempted a 57 yard FG.... It fell 6 yards short and Leon Washington catchs the kick and runs it back 104 for the TD 7-0 Steelers. On the very next drive the Cardinals shell shocked by the TD answer back with a pass from Skelton to Roberts for a 77 yard strike, Tied 7-7. The next Steeler drive stalls and the Cardinals get the ball back and are driving deep in to Steeler territory when John Skelton finds Beanie Wells for a 17 yard TD 14-7 Cardinals. On the next drive the Steelers find themselves again stalled on their drive and they punt it away to the Cardinals. However, Skelton throws a bad pass on the drive and the Steelers find their best field position of the game after the punt. They are only able to muster up enough yards for a 37 yard FG try and its good, 14-10 Cardinals. End of the first 14-10 Cardinals The second quarter if much like the first with a muddy field and sloppy play. Skelton on the ensuing drive after the Steeler score throws an INT to Coleman and gives the steelers yet again their best field position of the game. The Steelers were able to capitalize again, this time with a drive that ended in a 1 yrd run by Mendenhall, 14-17 Steelers. The Cardinals take the ball down by 3 and during the drive after yet another wild throw decide to put in the veteran Jason Campbell to take over under center. On the next few plays, this seemed to pay off until, due to the slipery conditions, the Cardinals cough up the the ball and Troy Polamalu returns it 58 yards for the score, 24-14 Steelers. The Cardinals realizing that playing conservatively was no longer an option take to the sky throwing too 4 different receivers and put Beanie Wells in place to score his second TD on the day, this time a run from 2 yards out, 21-24 Steelers. The Steelers were still unable to move the ball, and are forced to punt with around 2 min left to play. When the Cardinals took back over Jason Campbell was able to find Michael Garvin with running room and he scampered down the field for a 58 yard TD from Campbell, 28-24 Cardinals. The Steelers only have one min left to score and are unable to get themselves in position to do so. End of First Half 28-24 Cardinals After an inspiring talk from Coach Tomlin the Steelers come out with guns blazing and move themselves down the field with a mix of running and passing, seemingly at will, but on 2nd and Goal from the 6 yard line Big Ben attempts to throw to his TE and it is picked off by speedy OLB D. Washington and taken 96 yrds for a Touchdown, 35-24 Cardinals. The Steelers get the ball back again but, get a little too aggressive and throw their 2nd interception of the day giving the Cardinals good field position to start off the 3rd quarter. End of third 35-24 With good field position and the lead the Cardinals opt to play it safe and stall their drive out at the 7 yard line, the field goal is good, 38-24 Cardinals. With nothing to lose the steelers come out with guns blazing, and receivers tripping over themselves in the now soupy Heinz Field and find Mike Wallace over the top for a 29 yard Touchdown Pass, 31-38 Cardinals. With only a narrow lead now, the Cardinals get back to the air on the offense and move the ball well until Jason Campbell throws his first pick for the game on a ill-advised pass, and the Steelers take over. Steelers get back the ball, and begin driving to tie the score and deep in Cardinal turf Big Ben throws a pick to DRC for a 79 yard touchdown, 31-45 Cardinals. The Steelers take back over and in clean up duty Justin Tuck tears his shoulder up and is out for 4 weeks. Then Big Ben throws his 4th int for the day. Cards take over, keep it on the ground while running out the clock, and sproles finds some room and runs it in from 5 yards out for the last score of the game. 52-31. Final 52-31 The Cardinals find themselves at 1-0 ready to take on the Lions next week. Overall the game was a success with only one key injury too Justin Tuck for 4 weeks. GG Jethro, and good luck for the remainder of the season.