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24 - 10 Final
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Brees, Leinart sharp as Saints down Cardinals

Aug 8, 2008 - 2:56 AM GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- If Thursday was any indication, Matt Leinart may be on his way to becoming the unquestioned leader of the Arizona Cardinals. Drew Brees is already there for the New Orleans Saints.

Brees threw for a touchdown in his first and only drive as the Saints defeated the Cardinals, 24-10, in a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

In his third season with New Orleans, Brees was nearly flawless, going 6-for-7 for 40 yards, capping off a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a seven-yard scoring pass to David Patten.

Leinart finished an efficient 7-of-8 for 91 yards and gained the early upper hand on veteran Kurt Warner in the race for the Cardinals' starting quarterback job.

After fracturing his collarbone in early October last season, Leinart yielded to Warner, who enjoyed his finest season in three years with Arizona. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt declared in the offseason that Leinart and Warner would vie for the starting job in the preseason.

However, in this contest, after Leinart departed following rookie Tim Hightower's one-yard TD run early in the second, Whisenhunt turned to third-string Brian St. Pierre to finish out the game.

Hightower, a fifth-round pick from Richmond who has impressed early in camp, finished with five carries for 23 yards.

Robert Meachem, the Saints' 2007 first-round selection who missed all of last season with a knee injury, started in place of Marques Colston and fared well, catching four passes for 129 yards - including a 60-yard TD pass from Tyler Palko.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 7 0 10 7 24
    ARIZONA 0 10 0 0 10 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NOR - TD, DAVID PATTEN 7 YD PASS FROM DREW
    BREES (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK),
    6:45. NEW ORLEANS 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: ARI - TD, TIMOTHY HIGHTOWER 1 YD RUN (NEIL
    RACKERS KICK), 2:54. NEW ORLEANS
    7-7
    A

    Aug 7 10:51 PM


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    TD NOR
    ROBERT MEACHEM 60 YD PASS FROM TYLER PALKO
    (TAYLOR MEHLHAFF KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 24
    ARIZONA 10 10:36 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Saints 24, Cardinals 10  4th - 10:36Aug 7 10:26 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 7 0 10 17
    ARIZONA 0 10 0 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NOR - TD, DAVID PATTEN 7 YD PASS FROM DREW
    BREES (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK),
    6:45. NEW ORLEANS 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: ARI - TD, TIMOTHY HIGHTOWER 1 YD RUN (NEIL
    RACKERS KICK), 2:54. NEW ORLEANS

    Aug 7 10:11 PM


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    FG NOR
    MARTIN GRAMATICA 33 YD
    NEW ORLEANS 17
    ARIZONA 10 1:46 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints 17, Cardinals 10  3rd - 1:46Aug 7 10:07 PM


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    TD NOR
    AARON STECKER 1 YD RUN
    (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 14
    ARIZONA 10 6:42 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints 14, Cardinals 10  3rd - 6:42Aug 7 9:53 PM
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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 7 0 7
    ARIZONA 0 10 10 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NOR - TD, DAVID PATTEN 7 YD PASS FROM DREW
    BREES (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK),
    6:45. NEW ORLEANS 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: ARI - TD, TIMOTHY HIGHTOWER 1 YD RUN (NEIL
    RACKERS KICK), 2:54. NEW ORLEANS
    7-

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    FG ARI
    NEIL RACKERS 30 YD
    NEW ORLEANS 7
    ARIZONA 10 6:38 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints 7, Cardinals 10  2nd - 6:38Aug 7 9:01 PM


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    TD ARI
    ALI HIGHSMITH 1 YD RUN
    (NEIL RACKERS KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 7
    ARIZONA 7 12:06 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints 7, Cardinals 7  2nd - 12:06Aug 7 8:45 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 7 7
    ARIZONA 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NOR - TD, DAVID PATTEN 7 YD PASS FROM DREW
    BREES (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK),
    6:45. NEW ORLEANS 7-0

    Aug 7 8:37 PM


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    TD NOR
    DAVID PATTEN 7 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES
    (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 7
    ARIZONA 0 8:15 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Saints 7, Cardinals 0  1st - 8:15Aug 7 8:18 PM
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