2011 Arizona Cardinals Season
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2011 Arizona Cardinals Season
2011 Arizona Cardinals season
Arizona Cardinals logo (2005).png
OwnerBill Bidwill
Head coachKen Whisenhunt
General managerRod Graves
Home fieldUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersLarry Fitzgerald, WR
Patrick Peterson, CB
Adrian Wilson, SS
Ariz Cardinals uniforms.png

The 2011 season was the Arizona Cardinals' 92nd in the National Football League, their 24th in Arizona and their fifth under head coach Ken Whisenhunt. This was going to be the Cardinals first season with new starting quarterback Kevin Kolb, but he was injured and replaced by John Skelton. The team improved on their 5-11 record from the 2010 season, but missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

The 2011 Cardinals won four overtime games, an NFL record.[1]



Pos. Player 2010 Team Contract
G Daryn Colledge Green Bay Packers 5 years, $27.5 million
LB Stewart Bradley Philadelphia Eagles 5 years, $25 million
C Lyle Sendlein Arizona Cardinals 5 years, $16 million
TE Jeff King Carolina Panthers 3 years, $5.5 million
DE Nick Eason Pittsburgh Steelers 2 years, $1.9 million
S Michael Adams Arizona Cardinals 2 years, $1.7 million
G Floyd Womack Cleveland Browns 1 year, $1.7 million
RB Chester Taylor Chicago Bears 1 year, $810,000
CB Matt Ware Arizona Cardinals 1 year, $855,000
C Ben Claxton Arizona Cardinals 1 year, $700,000


2011 NFL Draft

Arizona Cardinals 2011 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College
Round Choice Overall
1 5 5 Patrick Peterson CB 6'0" 219 lbs. LSU
2 6 38 Ryan Williams RB 5'9" 212 lbs. VT
3 5 69 Rob Housler TE 6'5" 215 lbs. FAU
4 6 103 Sam Acho OLB 6'2" 262 lbs. Texas
5 5 136 Anthony Sherman RB 5'10" 242 lbs. UConn
6 6 171 Quan Sturdivant ILB 6'1" 241 lbs. UNC
19 184[A] David Carter DE 6'5" 297 lbs. UCLA
7[B] 46 249[C] DeMarco Sampson WR 6'2" 204 lbs. SDSU


On July 28, 2011 the Cardinals acquired Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 2nd-round pick. The next day they signed former Carolina Panthers starting CB Richard Marshall.



Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 11 at Oakland Raiders W 24-18 1-0 O.co Coliseum Recap
2 August 19 at Green Bay Packers L 20-28 1-1 Lambeau Field Recap
3 August 27 San Diego Chargers L 31-34 1-2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 September 1 Denver Broncos W 26-7 2-2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 11 Carolina Panthers W 28-21 1-0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 September 18 at Washington Redskins L 21-22 1-1 FedExField Recap
3 September 25 at Seattle Seahawks L 10-13 1-2 CenturyLink Field Recap
4 October 2 New York Giants L 27-31 1-3 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
5 October 9 at Minnesota Vikings L 10-34 1-4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
6 Bye
7 October 23 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20-32 1-5 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
8 October 30 at Baltimore Ravens L 27-30 1-6 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
9 November 6 St. Louis Rams W 19-13 (OT) 2-6 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
10 November 13 at Philadelphia Eagles W 21-17 3-6 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
11 November 20 at San Francisco 49ers L 7-23 3-7 Candlestick Park Recap
12 November 27 at St. Louis Rams W 23-20 4-7 Edward Jones Dome Recap
13 December 4 Dallas Cowboys W 19-13 (OT) 5-7 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
14 December 11 San Francisco 49ers W 21-19 6-7 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
15 December 18 Cleveland Browns W 20-17 (OT) 7-7 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at Cincinnati Bengals L 16-23 7-8 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
17 January 1 Seattle Seahawks W 23-20 (OT) 8-8 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 2: at Washington Redskins

Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 4: vs. New York Giants

Despite the Cardinals holding a 10-point lead twice in the fourth quarter, the Giants scored three touchdowns in the final frame as Arizona dropped its third straight game and fell to 1-3.

Week 5: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Coming off their bye week, the Cardinals went home for a Week 7 interconference duel with the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII. Arizona trailed early in the first quarter as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller. Pittsburgh would add onto their lead in the second quarter as Roethlisberger completed a 95-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace. The Cardinals would answer with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Alfonso Smith. The Steelers would close out the half with kicker Shaun Suisham getting a 41-yard field goal.

Arizona opened the third quarter with quarterback Kevin Kolb finding running back LaRod Stephens-Howling on a 73-yard touchdown pass, but Pittsburgh struck back with Roethlisberger completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, along with Kolb's intentional grounding penalty in the endzone resulting in a safety. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers continued to pull away with Suisham making a 42-yard and a 39-yard field goal. The Cardinals tried to rally as Kolb found wide receiver Early Doucet on a 2-yard touchdown pass (with a failed two-point conversion), but Pittsburgh held on to preserve the victory.

With the loss, Arizona fell to 1-5.

Week 8: at Baltimore Ravens

The Cardinals blew a 21-point first half lead and lost their sixth straight game to fall to 1-6.

Week 9: vs. St. Louis Rams

The Cardinals snapped their six-game losing streak as rookie Patrick Peterson returned a punt 98 yards for a game-winning touchdown in overtime. With the win, the Cardinals improved to 2-6. The game also featured the Rams' scoring the four points in the third quarter as the got two safeties on consecutive drives. This was first time in NFL history that a team had recorded four points in a quarter.

Week 10: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 11: at San Francisco 49ers

Week 12: at St. Louis Rams

Week 13: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 14: vs. San Francisco 49ers

The Cardinals came back from 12-point halftime deficit to stun the 10-2 49ers. With the win, the Cardinals improved to 6-7.

Week 15: vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 17: vs. Seattle Seahawks


NFC West
(2) San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 380 229 W3
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 4-2 7-5 312 348 W1
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 321 315 L2
St. Louis Rams 2 14 0 .125 0-6 1-11 193 407 L7

Coaching staff

Final roster


  1. ^ The Cardinals acquired this sixth-round selection (No. 184 overall) in a trade that sent guard Reggie Wells to the Philadelphia Eagles.
  2. ^ The Cardinals traded their original seventh-round selection (No. 208 overall) and a 2010 fourth-round selection to the New York Jets in exchange for safety Kerry Rhodes.
  3. ^ Compensatory selection.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g The state of Arizona lies entirely within the Mountain Time Zone, but does not observe Daylight saving time (excluding the Navajo Nation), so it is effectively the same as Pacific Daylight Time from mid-March until the first Sunday of November. Therefore, all kickoffs during the preseason and from Weeks 1-8 during the regular season are listed as Pacific time, while kickoffs from Weeks 9-17 are listed as Mountain time.


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