Receiver Steve Breaston was the difference for Arizona in Week 1, even on a day when safety Adrian Wilson became the first player in franchise history with two interceptions, a sack and a blocked field goal in one game.
Breaston was everywhere for the Cardinals during their 17-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams. He hustled downfield to force a fumble just as Rams defensive tackle Clifton Ryan was about to score a touchdown on a fumble return. The Cardinals trailed by three at the time and they were struggling to get much going offensively. A Rams touchdown in that situation might have won the game for St. Louis. Breaston made another touchdown-saving tackle earlier in the game, bringing down Rams cornerback Bradley Fletcher after a 43-yard fumble return.
When the Cardinals needed Breaston on offense, he was catching each of the seven passes thrown his way, good for 132 yards. Six of the seven receptions produced first downs. Breaston had a 16-yarder on third-and-6, a 22-yarder on third-and-16 and a 35-yarder on third-and-10.
"The one that really stands out for me was the forced fumble on the turnover because that’s a game-changing play for us," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters Monday. "When you talk about kids watching this game and how it should be played, if you want to point to one thing, that play is what you point to. ... He had a very good game as an offensive player, but that play really distinguished who Steve is and what he means to our team."