Blowout loss in New England woke up Cards' defensePosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals embarrassing 40 point loss to New England was a wake up call.
The Cardinals have not lost since in their improbable run to Sunday's NFC Championship game at home against Philadelphia.
An Arizona defense that allowed 183 yards on the ground at New England shut down the league's No. 2 and No. 3 rushing teams -- Atlanta and Carolina by forcing nine turnovers in the process.
Atlanta managed 60 yards on the ground against the Cardinals, Carolina 75.
Five different players intercepted passes in Saturday night's 33-13 victory over Carolina. The Cardinals got a sixth turnover when defensive end Antonio Smith stripped the ball from Jake Delhomme and recovered to set up a touchdown.