Sports
6:45 am
Mon December 21, 2009

Cardinals score with 1:54 left to beat Lions 31-24

DETROIT – Kurt Warner threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 1:54 left, lifting the Arizona Cardinals to a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Arizona (9-5) moved a step closer toward clinching the NFC West.

The Cardinals needed a victory in Detroit and a San Francisco loss or tie later in the day in Philadelphia to win consecutive division titles for the first time since 1974-75.

The Lions (2-12) had the ball with 1:46 left with a chance to come back, but gained just 7 yards, and lost their fourth straight game.

Arizona led 17-0 at halftime, then let the Lions make it 17-all in the third quarter and 24-all with 3:48 left.

The Cardinals went 58 yards on their game-winning drive, gaining 34 yards on Beanie Wells' run, and Boldin broke two tackles on a third-and-3 to score to give Warner two touchdown passes.