TEMPE, Ariz. (Oct. 9, 2005) -- The Carolina Panthers finally stopped Josh McCown's passing show and with a 94-yard touchdown drive pulled above .500 for the first time this season.
Delhomme completed 18 of 29 passes for 243 yards and two scores. He was intercepted once.
"To come across the country on a short week to win and fight back the way we did," Delhomme said, "it was pretty nice."
Arizona (1-4), leading 20-10 after three quarters, had the ball twice after Carolina's go-ahead score.
"We moved the ball OK, but you've got to be able to score points and you've got to be able to slam the door," Arizona coach Dennis Green said.
McCown completed 29 of 46 passes for 394 yards, a career high for the second week in a row. He threw for two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times. McCown threw for 385 yards a week earlier in the victory over San Francisco in Mexico City, a game he started in place of injured Kurt Warner.
Boldin caught 10 for 158 yards and a touchdown, Fitzgerald nine for 136 yards and a score.
After beating Green Bay on Monday night, the Panthers were in trouble most of the afternoon in the desert.
With Arizona leading 20-10 late in the third, McCown threw to Boldin, who dodged a tackler -- but Thomas Davis stripped the ball, and Ken Lucas picked it up and ran to the Arizona 5.
"The ball got away from my body. He hit it as he was coming. It was just a bad play on my part," Boldin said.
Two plays later, Stephen Davis scored from the one on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 20-17.
With two cornerbacks already sidelined, Arizona lost another, Robert Tate, on the drive. Safety Quentin Harris moved to cornerback and on the 6-yard winning touchdown, Smith fought the ball away from him.
Boldin broke four tackles on a 20-yard scoring play that put Arizona up 17-10 in the second period. Fitzgerald's leaping grab of McCown's 26-yard pass for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter gave the Cardinals a 7-3 lead.
The Cardinals blew a chance for a late first-half score. McCown connected with Charles Lee on a 49-yard pass to the Carolina 2, but on second down from the 4, Lucas deflected McCown's pass to Fitzgerald and McCree intercepted.
Lucas took the place of cornerback Chris Gamble, hobbled by a sore ankle, late in the first half. Fitzgerald caught three passes for 30 yards in the second half.
The Cardinals are off in Week 6. If Warner's groin injury is healed by then, Green will have to decide whether to stay with McCown. He hinted that it would be hard to go away from the youngster after his two performances while Warner was down.
"That's a lot of yardage," Green said. "Josh has been able to find the wide receivers, that's a big plus."
McCown said he wasn't going to concern himself with job security.
"I'm just going to fight and play as hard as I can and whatever happens happens," he said. "I just hate that we didn't get a win today. As a quarterback, with the opportunity to make plays, you hate that you walked off this field a loser. That's what hurts the worst."
- Eric Green left the game with a shoulder injury after he was fooled badly on Smith's 65-yard TD run.
- All three of McCown's interceptions were deflected, one by Julius Peppers.
- Neil Rackers kicked two field goals to improve his club record to 18 for 18 this season.