Week 5: Saints at Cardinals The Cards came away with a nail-biting win on Sunday, defeating the New Orleans Saints 27-21. Cardinals QB Matt Leinart was named player of the game, throwing for 235 yards and a touchdown. Leinart utilized every one of his receivers on multiple drives from deep in Cards territory. The Saints red zone defense proved frustrating though, twice managing goal line stands that turned sure TDs into field goals. Larod Stephens-Howling had a spectacular kick return early in the first quarter that resulted in a Cardinals TD. Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees also had an outstanding game, throwing for 230 yards and three TDs. Saints RB Pierre Thomas also lit up the Cardinals defense, running for over 100 yards. The Cards couldn't find an answer for the Saints multi-dimensional offensive attack as the Saints easily marched up the field for scores on nearly every possession. Safety Adrian Wilson intercepted Brees in the 3rd quarter that allowed Leinart and company a quick TD. The Saints answered back with a strike to Marques Colston that had them ten yards away from a game-winning TD. On the next play, Brees went to Colston again but newly acquired Cardinals linebacker Joey Porter was able to force a critical fumble that was recovered by the defense. With two minutes to go, no timeouts, and the score 28-21, Brees took to the air and quickly pushed the Saints into Cardinals territory. Standout DBs Gregory Toler and Matt Ware managed to tip two passes that would have put the Saints on top as time ran out. The Cardinals are currently tied with the Seahawks for the NFC West lead as they head into a well-deserved bye week. Game Notes: Cardinals second-string linebacker Paris Lenon broke his collarbone in the first half and will miss the rest of the regular season. Moving up the depth chart will be Daryl Washington, who had a solid season with 7 tackles, a sack, and an interception.