St. Louis Rams vs Arizona Cardinals: Game Balls


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Good performances were seen on both sides of the ball on Sunday that was eventually decided by the Arizona Cardinals defense

A number of players could have received game balls this week but for awhile it appeared all three were going to go to the St. Louis Rams.  The Arizona Cardinals struggled to score and allowed the Rams offense to run out to a 14-10 lead by halftime.

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Then the fourth quarter happened and the rest is history.  The Arizona Cardinals offense woke up as did their defense.  They were too much for the Rams and overwhelmed them with big plays on both sides of the ball.

Offense game ball:

Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  Fitz had nine receptions for 112 yards.  He didn’t get a touchdown but one of his receptions feel short of the goal line at three yard line.  Running back Andre Ellington ended up running it in for the score.  Fitz caught nine of his 10 targets.  He was very much involved on Sunday and a huge reason why they were able to continue drives.

Defense game ball:

You can’t give it to anyone other than Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.  Peterson came up with his first two interceptions of the season in the fourth quarter.  He returned one of them for a touchdown.  It was his first interception return for a touchdown of his career.

Special teams game ball:

Punter Drew Butler was an important player in Sunday’s game.  He punted six times and averaged 44.7 yard per punt.  It was his foot that helped in the field position game.  The Rams offense was jelling early.  With the Cardinals not moving the ball on offense, they had to play the field position game and it helped keep them in a tight game