Arizona Cardinals defeat New York Giants, 24-17

It was easy for the Giants to dismiss their loss in New Orleans as an aberration.

But they couldn't dismiss what happened to them Sunday night.

Even though it wasn't as ugly, it was just as disheartening when the Giants lost their homecoming game to the Arizona Cardinals, 24-17. It was their second straight loss and left them with just a half-game lead in the NFC East.

Worse, it left them scratching their heads trying to figure out what's gone wrong.

"This was a g...

These aren't the same old Cardinals.

Seven-point underdogs against what was supposed to be an angry Giants team, the defending NFC champs proved themselves just that Sunday night with a 24-17 victory.

"We made a statement," said Cards QB Kurt Warner. "To come in here and beat the Giants, one of the best teams in the league, is huge."

They did it mostly with some timely scores and an opportunistic defense that had the Giants off balance most of the night, forcing f...

Tom Coughlan was frustrated with a lot of things Sunday night, but Ahmad Bradshaw's fumble wasn't one of them.

Bradshaw, however, would like to forget the last four minutes of Sunday night's 24-17 loss to the Cardinals. The sparkplug running back lost a fumble in Arizona territory with 3:52 remaining and the Giants trailing by seven.

Then when the Giants were backed up at their own 5-yard line with 2:52 left, Bradshaw was whistled for an unnecessary roughness penalty...