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Taylor shines in Arizona's 17-0 preseason winSubmitted: 08/09/2013
Story By Associated Press

GREEN BAY - Stepfan Taylor rushed for 64 yards on 20 carries in his rookie debut, and the Arizona Cardinals picked apart the Green Bay Packers on both sides of the ball on their way to a 17-0 preseason victory Friday night.

Tyrann Mathieu had a sack in his first game in two years, and also returned two punts for Arizona, which was playing its first game under new coach Bruce Arians.

Aaron Rodgers connected with James Jones on a 50-yard gain in his only series, and Vince Young showed flashes of potential just three days after signing with Green Bay. But those were among the only highlights for the Packers, who were shut out in a full preseason game for the first time since 1987. The Packers also were shut out in the 2003 Hall of Fame game, although that game was called because of lightning with 5:49 left in the third quarter.




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