News & Notes following Cardinals win over Rams
TEMPE, Ariz. – It was a bittersweet Sunday for the Arizona Cardinals. They knocked off the St. Louis Rams 31-14, but in the process they lost quarterback Carson Palmer to a left knee injury.
Arizona maintains their top seeding in the NFC, their lead in the NFC West and the best record in the NFL [8-1].
Some news and notes following the win over the Rams:
- The Cardinals are 8-1 for the first time since 1948, when they were the Chicago Cardinals. They went 11-1 that year and won the NFL Championship, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 7-0 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pa.
- With the win over the Rams, Arizona is now 15-3 in their last 18 games dating back to Week 8 of the 2013 season. That’s the best record in the league over that time span.
- Arizona has a five-game winning streak, tying the New England Patriots for the longest active streak in the NFL. The five-game streak is the longest in a single season for the franchis since the Cardinals won six straight in 1977.
- The win keeps the Cardinals two games ahead of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. The Seahawks beat the New York Giants on Sunday to keep pace with Arizona.
- Arizona is 2-0 in the NFC West and 6-0 in the NFC. They’re the only team in the NFL that’s undefeated in conference play.
- The Cardinals improved to 9-1 in its last 10 home games following the win.
- Arizona assured themselves of another winning season at home – their fifth season with a winning record at home since University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006. It’s also their third winning record at home in the last four years. The Cardinals had four winning records at home in 18 seasons at Sun Devil Stadium [1988-2005].
- Arizona’s defense allowed 14 points to the Rams on Sunday. They’re the only team in the NFL that hasn’t allowed a team to score 20 points or more on them at home.
- The Cardinals outscored the Rams 21-0 in the fourth quarter, increasing their dominance over teams in the final frame. They’ve now outscored opponents 91-34 in the fourth quarter this season. Their +57 point margin in the fourth quarter is the best in the NFL.
- Sunday’s game was the second time this season [49ers, Week 3] that the Cardinals held an opponent scoreless in the second half.
- Through the first nine games of the season, Arizona has 19 takeaways – 12 of them in the fourth quarter, a league high. They also have a +11 turnover margin in the fourth, also the best in the NFL.
- Arizona’s 12 takeaways in the fourth quarter are more than 10 teams have total for the season [Jaguars, Eagles, Rams, Titans, Saints, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders, Redskins, Jets].
- In five home games this season, the Cardinals have outscored opponents 59-10 in the fourth quarter.
- The Rams had just 70 yards rushing on 22 attempts on Sunday. It was the eighth time in nine games this season that the defense has held an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing.
- Arizona’s allowing 78.6 yards rushing per game. They’re third in the league in that department, behind the Broncos [67.0] and Lions [71.3].
- Bruce Arians improved to 18-7 as head coach of the Cardinals. His 18 wins are more than any head coach in franchise history through his first 25 games.
- Arians has a 27-10 record over his first 37 games as head coach [9-3 as interim HC with Colts]. Only John Fox , Bill Belichick  and Pete Carroll  have more wins than Arians in their last 37 games.
- Arizona had eight sacks in its first eight games of the season. The defense sacked Rams QB Austin Davis six times on Sunday. Safety Deone Bucannon and linebacker Marcus Benard both recorded the first sacks of their NFL careers.
- The Cardinals defense, in addition to the six sacks, had nine tackles for loss and eight QB pressures.
- Arizona’s trailed at some point in eight of their nine games this season. They are 7-1 in those games. Sunday was the fourth time this season that Arizona came back to win despite trailing in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals are 5-1 this season when trailing in the second half.
- After Palmer went out, quarterback Drew Stanton promptly took the offense on a four-play, 89-yard scoring drive. Stanton was in on every yard – completing three pass attempts for 85 yards and a four-yard run.
- Stanton was 3-of-5 for 85 yards, one touchdown and a 143.8 rating on Sunday. Including his three starts this season, Stanton is 46-of-93 for 614 yards, three touchdowns [all to wide receiver John Brown], zero interceptions and an 81.6 passer rating.
- Cornerback Patrick Peterson had two interceptions on Sunday, including one he returned 30 yards for a touchdown. That was his first career interception return for a touchdown. It was Peterson’s second career multi-interception game, and first since he had two in the final four minutes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last September.
- Peterson has 14 interceptions in his career. Since his 2011 rookie season, only the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman  and the Bears’ Tim Jennings  have more picks than Peterson.
- Of the five touchdown passes wide receiver John Brown’s caught this season, four of them were game winners. Brown set an NFL rookie record with those four TDs.
- Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald continues to move up the record charts. With a season-high nine catches on Sunday, Fitzgerald is now at 890 receptions for his career, moving past Keenan McCardell  and Steve Smith  for 18th place on the all-time receptions list. With his 112 yards against the Rams, it put Fitzgerald at 11,992 career receiving yards, moving him past NFL Hall-of-Famer Michael Irvin [11,904] and former Cardinal Anquan Boldin [11,982] for 23rd place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list.
- Fitzgerald now has 38 career 100-yard receiving games, increasing his franchise record over Boldin  to 11 games.
- Defensive end Calais Campbell had six tackles, two sacks, four tackles for loss and two QB hits on Sunday. It was Campbell’s sixth career game with at least two sacks and his first since he had two against the Seahawks last December.
- Four of Campbell’s career two-sack games have come against division opponents.
- Kicker Chandler Catanzaro hit his 17th straight field goal – a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter. Catanzaro tied Redskins kicker Kai Forbath [17, 2012] for the NFL record for most consecutive field goals to begin a career. The streak came to an end when he missed a 53-yarder I the fourth quarter.
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