Arizona Cardinals With 4th Quarter Charm, Beat Rams 31-14
By Scott Allen
Another fourth quarter come from behind victory for the Arizona Cardinals makes them 8-1 for the first time since 1948
If you missed the first three quarters of today’s Arizona Cardinals victory over the St. Louis Rams, then you certainly saved your viewing for the best quarter of the day. If you only saw the first three quarters, well, all I can say is I’m sorry.
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Not much offense to speak of for awhile. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer really only found his rhythm on a couple of drives on Sunday. Unfortunately he left the game early in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. Head coach Bruce Arians was asked after the game by Paul Calvisi of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on his status.
"It’s a knee obviously…..we’ll know more by Tuesday"
Palmer had been sacked three times in the game but two of them were early on, so the offensive line did improve as the game progressed. He was 25-36 for 241 yards and one interception before he exited the game.
The Cardinals just couldn’t get the running game going. Running back Andre Ellington carried the ball 18 times for 23 yards. Credit the Rams defense though. They stymied the Cardinals offense for three quarters on Sunday.
Then there was that fourth quarter. Backup quarterback Drew Stanton came in and threw a big touchdown strike to receiver John Brown for 48-yards. Then the defense took over. Cornerback Patrick Peterson got his first two interceptions of the season. The first one was returned for a touchdown. Tha was his first interception return for a touchdown in his career.
Then Rams quarterback Austin Davis fumbled, cornerback Antonio Cromartie picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown and that was the game. The Cards 21 points in the fourth quarter is just a true testament to the resolve of this team.
So they sit 8-1 now and continue their their first place standing in the NFC West. We’ll see what happens to Palmer. There are reports out there that Palmer maybe have a torn ACL. We’ll see though. He needs to have an MRI. Let’s hope for the best. Next week the 7-2 Detroit Lions come knocking on the door. Next man up.