3 Third down efficiency told the story of the gam

first_img3Third down efficiency told the story of the game, as the Cardinals held the Rams to a lowly 1-for-10 on the critical down while Arizona converted on six of its 15 third down attempts.158Larry Fitzgerald had a big game, finishing with nine catches for 112 yards for his 38th career 100-yard game. It was his 158th consecutive game with at least one reception, the longest active catch streak in the NFL. 1Patrick Peterson’s fourth quarter pick-six was the first defensive touchdown of his career. 6The Cardinals pressured Austin Davis all day, dropping him for a season-high six sacks — a marked improvement for a team that came into the game with only eight sacks for the season.5St. Louis’ 59-yard touchdown pass from Austin Davis to Jared Cook with 1:50 remaining in the first half was the fifth score the Cardinals have allowed this season in the final two minutes of the first half (three touchdowns, two field goals).17Chandler Catanzaro tied the NFL record for most consecutive field goals made to start a career with 17 (Kai Forbath). Unfortunately, he also missed his first kick of the season in the fourth quarter. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals overcame adversity in the past, but it was nothing compared to the obstacles they had to navigate against their division rival St. Louis Rams on Sunday.Arizona trailed most of the second half and then lost their leader, quarterback Carson Palmer. The Cardinals responded in the only way they know how — the way that has fans slowly falling in love with them — without missing a beat.Bruce Arians’ “next man up” mentality has not just sunken in with his players — they appear to thrive when the going gets tough. The Cardinals pulled out a 31-14 victory over the Rams thanks to a dominate fourth quarter performance that saw back-up QB Drew Stanton throw a long TD pass and the defense respond with a pair of scores of their own.Patrick Peterson’s pick-six followed by a fumble recovery returned by Antonio Cromartie for a touchdown, capped off a fourth quarter in which the Cardinals scored 21 unanswered points to improve their record to 8-1. Arizona will remain atop the NFC West, NFC and NFL for another week.Here’s a look at Sunday’s win by the numbers:66The last time the Cardinals began a season 8-1 was 66 years ago as the Chicago Cardinals (Nov. 21, 1948).3-5The Cardinals made the transition from No. 3 to No. 5 with ease as Drew Stanton replaced the injured Palmer, going 3-for-3 on his first drive including a 48-yard TD pass to John Brown to put the Cardinals ahead for good.21Arizona continued its fourth quarter success on Sunday by outscoring the Rams by 21 points (21-0). They improve upon a league-best fourth quarter point differential that is now +57, outscoring opponents 91-34. 6-0The Cardinals improved to 6-0 in games started by Palmer this season. Arizona hopes they can improve on that number next week with a healthy Palmer. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   last_img

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