Cardinals beat Lions 31-24, clinch NFC West title for 2nd year

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DETROIT -- Kurt Warner threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 1:54 left, lifting the Arizona Cardinals to a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

With the win in Detroit and a San Francisco 49ers loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona (9-5) clinched the NFC West for the second year in a row. It's the first time the team has taken consecutive division titles since 1974-75.

The Lions (2-12) had the ball with 1:46 left and a chance to come back, but gained just 7 yards, losing their fourth consecutive game.

Arizona led 17-0 at halftime, then let the Lions make it 17-all in the third quarter and 24-all with 3:48 left.

The Cardinals went 58 yards on their game-winning drive, gaining 34 yards on Beanie Wells' run, and Boldin broke two tackles on a third-and-3 to score to give Warner two TD passes.
  
Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers out, Mike Nugent in vs Lions
  
Arizona Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers was inactive Sunday against the Detroit Lions because of a groin injury.

The Cardinals activated newly acquired Mike Nugent to replace Rackers.

Nugent was released by Tampa Bay on Oct. 5, a day after he missed two field goals in a three-point loss to Washington. He signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent after playing for the New York Jets.

Detroit didn't put kick returner Brian Witherspoon on the active roster. Jim Schwartz said Wednesday the Lions wouldn't have claimed him off waivers from Jacksonville if they didn't think it would help, adding the idea of adding him was he could immediately return kicks.

Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach was inactive with a concussion and replaced by Nathan Hodel.

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