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Play-action game keeps working for Cardinals

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Kurt Warner and the Cardinals keep shredding opponents on play-action passes, which is natural when teams must account for Arizona's running game.

Warner completed all four play-action attempts against the Eagles if we count that 62-yard fleaflicker touchdown strike to Larry Fitzgerald.

The Cardinals' play-action numbers were also strong against the Falcons and Panthers earlier in the playoffs.

Edgerrin James and Tim Hightower have combined for 335 yards rushing in three playoff games. Their per-carry average is an underwhelming 3.9 yards, but that number isn't crucial for a team with big-play ability in the passing game.

Total rushing attempts matter at least as much; James and Hightower have combined for 86 in the playoffs.

Arizona ran the ball on a season-high 58.8 percent (10 of 17) of its first-down plays in the first half. The Cardinals averaged 6.6 yards per carry on these plays, with runs of 12, 16 and 22 yards. Arizona would certainly take that type of production in Super Bowl XLIII.