Kicker Greg Davis joined the Phoenix Cardinals this season after the Atlanta Falcons left him unprotected under Plan B.
The Atlanta native made his former team pay for it Sunday by kicking field goals of 29, 51 and 49 yards during the Cardinals' 16-10 victory.
"I was scared stiff, because I wanted to do so well against them," Davis said. "I left a lot of roots there."
Atlanta Coach Jerry Glanville wasn't surprised by Davis' performance. "We knew what kind of guy he was, and what he did today was unfortunately so typical," Glanville said.
The Cardinals (4-4) ended a two-game losing streak by winning a game that was played in temperatures which neared 100 degrees before the smallest crowd--24,124--in the four years since the Cardinals moved from St. Louis.
Cardinal quarterback Tom Tupa completed only nine of 23 passes for 139 yards.
But Tupa's 31-yard touchdown pass to rookie Randal Hill tied the score, 10-10.
The touchdown came at the expense of Falcon cornerback Tim McKyer, who appeared to jump too soon and was falling when Hill rose for the catch in the end zone.
McKyer protested that Hill pushed him.
"The guy pushed me in the back," said McKyer, who has played for San Francisco and Miami and criticized 49er receiver Jerry Rice last week.
"The worst receiver in the world is going to beat the best defensive back if they let them push you," McKyer said. "It was a terrible call; it was blatant. Coming from a guy from Miami, it was typical."
Atlanta quarterback Chris Miller completed 13 of 35 passes for 220 yards and four interceptions.
Strong safety Tim McDonald sealed the win with two interceptions in the last 3:37.