Cardinals Lose Stanton; Use Defense To Stop Rams 12-6

Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals and the Cardinals overcame the loss of quarterback Drew Stanton with stifling defense, moving closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 12-6 victory over the Rams on Thursday night.

The Rams (6-8) were held to Greg Zuerlein’s two short field goals and had five three-and-out series in the third quarter. Catanzaro’s 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter ended nine quarters of shutout defense by St. Louis, which beat Washington and Oakland by a combined 76-0 the previous two weeks.

Ryan Lindley was ineffective in his first appearance since 2012 in relief of Stanton, who injured his right knee on a sack in the third quarter, but it didn’t matter. The Cardinals lost Carson Palmer to a season-ending knee injury during their 31-14 victory over St. Louis at home last month.

The Cardinals (11-3) entered tied for the top overall record in the NFC and will clinch a playoff spot if Sunday’s Dallas-Philadelphia game doesn’t end in a tie, or a Detroit loss combined with a Green Bay victory.

Cardinals at Rams NFL Week 15 Capsule

ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-3) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (6-7)

SERIES

CARDINALS RAMS
THURS. RECORD 7-20-2 6-7
SERIES LEADER 35-34-2
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Arians: 2-1 Fisher: 5-4
LAST WEEK W 17-14 vs. Chiefs W 24-0 at Redskins
LAST GAME 11/9/14: Rams 14 at Cardinals 31. Arizona CB Patrick Peterson has 2 interceptions, including 30-yard INT-TD. Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie adds 14-yard FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Rams 27, Cardinals 24. St. Louis TE Jared Cook catches 7 passes for 141 yards & 2 TDs. Rams DE Robert Quinn records 3 sacks and 2 FFs.
BROADCAST NFL Network (7:25 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Ari.), 92 (StL.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Ari.), 226 (StL.).

STATS

PASSING Stanton: 120-220-1602-7-5-79.0 Hill: 75-121-895-6-3-90.8
RUSHING Taylor: 31-102-3.3-1 Mason (R): 142-628-4.4-3
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 50-692-13.8-2 Cook (TE): 41-534-13.0-3
OFFENSE 325.3 317.2
TAKE/GIVE +10 (T3L) +4
DEFENSE 355.4 344.9
SACKS Campbell, Okafor: 7 Quinn: 10.5
INTs Johnson: 4 (T2C) Johnson: 3
PUNTING
  1. Butler: 42.7
Hekker: 45.5
KICKING Catanzaro (R): 91 (25/25 PAT; 22/26 FG) Zuerlein: 85 (31/32 PAT; 18/24 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: QB DREW STANTON has won 6 of past 9 starts…RB KERWYNN WILLIAMS rushed for 100 yards last week in 1st career game with att…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 131 rec. & 16 TDs vs. StL, his most vs. opp. Has catch in 160 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 4 come-from-behind GW TDs, incl. 3 in 4th Q. WR JARON BROWN had GW TD last week…CB PATRICK PETERSON has 5 INTs & 3 return TDs (1 INT, 2 PR) vs. StL. In Week 10, had 2 INTs, incl. TD. Since 2011, is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (14) & 5+ return TDs (5). In last meeting, rookie DE KAREEM MARTIN had sack & FF which CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE returned 14 yards for TD. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 7 sacks in past 9 vs. StL. In past 5, LB ALEX OKAFOR has 5 sacks & INT. DT FROSTEE RUCKER had career-high 2 sacks last week… RAMS: Have back-to-back shutout wins for 1st time since 1945…QB SHAUN HILL has 4 TDs, 0 INTs & 124.8 rating in past 2…Rookie RB TRE MASON has 363 scrimmage yards (121 per game), 315 rush yards (105 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3 at home. Leads NFC rookies with 628 rush yards…WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN had 78-yard PR-TD last week & has TD in 3 games in row (2 rush, 1 PR). Has 9 career TDs (4 rec., 3 rush, 2 PR)…TE JARED COOK had 2 TDs last week. In last home meeting, had 7 catches for 141 yards & 2 TDs…DE ROBERT QUINN has 7 sacks in 3 home games vs. Az. Has 10.5 sacks & 5 FFs in past 8. DT AARON DONALD leads NFL rookies with 7 sacks. Has sack in 6 of past 8. Since entering NFL in 2009, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only player in NFL with 15+ sacks (15.5) & 9+ INTs (9).

Cardinals vs Rams Wednesday Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Status Report
OUT G Paul Fanaika (ankle), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
QUESTIONABLE CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), DT Ed Stinson (toe)
PROBABLE LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Monday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
Tuesday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
Wednesday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Monday CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), G Paul Fanaika (ankle)
Tuesday G Paul Fanaika (ankle)
Wednesday G Paul Fanaika (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Monday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), DT Ed Stinson (toe), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Tuesday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), DT Ed Stinson (toe), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Wednesday CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), DT Ed Stinson (toe)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
  1. LOUIS RAMS
(St. Louis conducted a walk-through on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)
Status Report
QUESTIONABLE DE Chris Long (ankle)
PROBABLE WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), TE Cory Harkey (knee), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Monday WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), DE Chris Long (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
Tuesday DE Chris Long (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Monday TE Cory Harkey (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Tuesday WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), TE Cory Harkey (knee), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
Wednesday WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), TE Cory Harkey (knee), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), DE Chris Long (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)

Cardinals Get Big Effort From RB Williams, Top Chiefs 17-14

Kerwynn Williams took over as hero Sunday as the Cardinals won a game they had to have, topping the Chiefs at home 17-14.

With starting tailback Andre Ellington out for the season, the Cardinals turned to a guy who had been called up two days earlier from the practice squad. Williams delivered, rushing for 100 yards, and helping the Cardinals win a huge game.

“That’s who we are,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. “A team is what it takes. That’s what we’ve built this thing on.”

The NFC West-leading Cardinals took the lead when Drew Stanton threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown on third-and-18 in the third quarter.

The Cardinals’ seven wins are the most at home for the franchise since when the Chicago Cardinals won 11 of 13 in 1925.

Arizona held on after winning a crucial reversal.

Kansas City was driving with five minutes remaining when Arians challenged that tight end Travis Kelce fumbled after a 19-yard reception to the Arizona 22. The officials ruled that Kelce lost the ball before he rolled on his back and got to his feet. Kelce grabbed the ball back, but apparently not soon enough.

“He tried to maintain possession,” referee Craig Wrolstad told a pool reporter, “but he did not, did not regain possession.”

Kelce said he was “shocked” by the ruling.

“I thought I regained control of the ball,” he said. “But you can’t go back in time. I fumbled the ball. It was called as a fumble and I’m just going to have to live with that.”

Coach Andy Reid said “from my vision, I thought he regained possession of the ball, but I’m not making the call.”

Justin Bethel recovered at the Arizona 15, ending the last serious Kansas City threat.

Jamaal Charles scored two first-half touchdowns on a 63-yard run and 18-yard pass from Alex Smith, but the Chiefs were shut out in the second half.

The day belonged to the unknown Cards running back. The seventh-round draft pick of Indianapolis in 2013 revved up what has been a sluggish Arizona running game.

He carried 19 times, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. The Cardinals had rushed for 99 yards in the last two games combined. They got 141 on Sunday.

In the first half, Smith completed 12 of 13 passes for 109 yards and a score. In the second half, he was 11 of 23 for it 182 yards and an interception.

Charles gained 91 on 10 carries, 63 of them in one attempt.

Chiefs vs Cardinals Thursday Injury Report

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Practice Report
Thursday Practice Not Complete
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Allen Bailey (concussion), WR Junior Hemingway (concussion), G Mike McGlynn (quadricep)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Donnie Avery (groin), TE Anthony Fasano (knee), LB Tamba Hali (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Jamaal Charles (knee), P Dustin Colquitt (right calf), CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), LB Dee Ford (quadricep), LB James-Michael Johnson (back, knee), LB Joshua Mauga (back), CB Christopher Owens (knee), CB Sean Smith (groin)
ARIZONA CARDINALS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
Thursday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Andre Ellington (hip, foot), G Paul Fanaika (ankle), DT Ed Stinson (toe), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Thursday RB Andre Ellington (hip, foot), G Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (foot), DT Ed Stinson (toe)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Kenny Demens (hamstring), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee)
Thursday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday LB Kenny Demens (hamstring)

Chiefs vs Cardinals NFL Week 14 Capsule

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-5) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (9-3)

SERIES

CHIEFS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER 8-2-1
STREAKS Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Reid: 5-7 Arians: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 29-16 vs. Broncos L 29-18 at Falcons
LAST GAME 11/21/10: Cardinals 13 at Chiefs 31. Kansas City WR Dwayne Bowe catches 6 passes for 109 yards & 2 TDs. Chiefs RB Thomas Jones rushes for 71 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/06: Chiefs 23, Cardinals 20. Kansas City QB Damon Huard throws for 288 yards & 2 TDs. Chiefs RB Larry Johnson catches 6 passes for 106 yards & TD & rushes for 36 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (2:05 PM MT): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 137 (KC), 119 (Ari.). XM: 229 (Ari.).

STATS

PASSING
  1. Smith: 228-350-2364-15-5-92.8
Stanton: 105-190-1363-6-5-77.6
RUSHING Charles: 162-807-5.0-8 (1C) Ellington: 201-660-3.3-3
RECEIVING Bowe: 46-569-12.4-0 Fitzgerald: 46-658-14.3-2
OFFENSE 312.0 321.9
TAKE/GIVE -3 +8 (3C)
DEFENSE 333.3 352.5
SACKS Houston: 14 (1L) Campbell, Okafor: 6
INTs 4 tied: 1 Johnson: 4 (T1C)
PUNTING Colquitt: 44.1
  1. Butler: 42.5
KICKING Santos (R): 79 (31/31 PAT; 16/18 FG) Catanzaro (R): 82 (25/25 PAT; 19/21 FG)

NOTES

CHIEFS: In past 10 overall, QB ALEX SMITH has 1,907 pass yards & 14 TDs vs. 2 INTs with 101.1 rating, incl. 4 games with 100+ rating. Smith’s teams are 21-1-1 (.934) when he starts & has 100+ rating. Needs 43 pass yards to reach 20,000 career…In only career meeting, RB JAMAAL CHARLES had 126 scrim. yards (88 rush, 38 rec.). Has 12 TDs in past 9 (8 rush, 4 rec.). Averages 5.5 yards/att. for career, highest of any NFL RB in history (min. 750 att.). RB KNILE DAVIS has rush TD in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC…WR DWAYNE BOWE has 6,970 career rec. yards & needs 30 to join TONY GONZALEZ (10,940) & OTIS TAYLOR (7,306) as only Chiefs to reach 7,000 career. TE ANTHONY FASANO has TD catch in 3 of past 4…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 12 sacks & 2 FF in past 10. Leads NFL with 14 sacks & needs 1 to join HOFer DERRICK THOMAS, JARED ALLEN & NEIL SMITH as only players in KC history with 15+ sacks in season… CARDINALS: Are 6-0 at home for 1st time since 1970. Have won 10 of past 11 at home…QB DREW STANTON has 101.8 rating at home (3 games) & has won both starts…RB ANDRE ELLINGTON has 542 scrimmage yards (135.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC. Has 1,055 scrimmage yards & joined OTTIS ANDERSON (1979-80) as only Cards with 1,000+ yards in each of 1st 2 seasons…WR LARRY FITZGERALD aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with TD. Had 6 catches for 90 yards & TD in last meeting. Has catch in 159 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). In past 6 vs. AFC, WR MICHAEL FLOYD has 3 100-yard games & 2 games with TD. Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 5 TDs in 1st 6 home games. Has 4 come-from-behind GW TDs, incl. 3 in 4th Q… S RASHAD JOHNSON had 88-yard INT-TD last week. Ties for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs. Since 2011, CB PATRICK PETERSON is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (14) & 5+ return TDs (5). CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE has 2 INTs & FR-TD in past 3 at home. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 10.5 sacks in past 16 at home. Has 5 sacks & FF in past 4.

Week 12 NFL Capsule – Cardinals vs Seahawks

ARIZONA CARDINALS (9-1) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-4)

SERIES

CARDINALS SEAHAWKS
SERIES LEADER 16-14
STREAKS 3 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Arians: 1-1 Carroll: 6-3
LAST WEEK W 14-6 vs. Lions L 24-20 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 12/22/13: Cardinals 17 at Seahawks 10. Arizona WR Michael Floyd catches game-winning 31-yard TD with 2:13 remaining. Cardinals defense holds Seahawks to 192 total net yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/22/13
BROADCAST FOX (1:05 PM PT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Ari.), 85 (Sea.). XM: 85 (Sea.).

STATS

PASSING Stanton: 67-125-920-5-2-84.1 Wilson: 182-291-2019-13-5-90.8
RUSHING Ellington: 186-624-3.4-3 Lynch: 177-813 (2C)-4.6-9 (1L)
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 46-658-14.3-2 Baldwin: 44-485-11.0-2
OFFENSE 333.0 366.0
TAKE/GIVE +11 (T2L) +5
DEFENSE 343.7 306.1 (3L)
SACKS Okafor: 5 Bennett: 4
INTs 3 tied: 3 (T3C) 6 tied: 1
PUNTING
  1. Butler: 42.6
Ryan: 44.8
KICKING Catanzaro (R): 75 (24/24 PAT; 17/18 FG) Hauschka: 84 (2C) (27/27 PAT; 19/21 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: Are 9-1 for 2nd time in team history (1948). Are 1 of 2 teams to win at Sea. in past 3 seasons…QB DREW STANTON passed for career-high 306 yards with 2 TDs last week. Has won 5 of past 6 starts (3-1 in 2014)…RB ANDRE ELLINGTON has 980 scrimmage yards (624 rush, 356 rec.) & can join OTTIS ANDERSON (1979-80) as only Cards with 1,000+ yards in each of 1st 2 seasons…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 159 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). WR MICHAEL FLOYD had 2 TDs last week. In last meeting, had GW 31-yard TD. Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 5 TDs, incl. 4 GWs…Have not allowed 100-yard rusher in 20 games in row. Team has 15 INTs, 2nd most in NFL. CB PATRICK PETERSON has INT in 2 of past 3 at Sea. Since 2011, is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (14) & 5+ return TDs (5). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 7 sacks in past 5 at Sea. LB LARRY FOOTE had sack in last game vs. Sea. (9/18/11 with Pit.). CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE has 3 INTs & FR-TD in past 4…SEAHAWKS: Have won 21 of past 23 at home (incl. playoffs)…QB RUSSELL WILSON has 36 TDs, 11 INTs & 101.4 rating in 23 home starts (incl. playoffs)…In past 3 meetings, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has rushed for 290 yards (96.7 per game) & 4 TDs. Has TD in 7 of past 8 home games (incl. playoffs). Has 14 TDs (13 rush, 1 rec.) in those 8. Has TD in 10 of past 14 (incl. playoffs) & has 17 TDs in those 14 (14 rush, 3 rec.)…WR DOUG BALDWIN had TD last week & leads team with 44 catches & 485 yards. WR JERMAINE KEARSE is 2nd on club with career-high 25 catches & 361 yards…CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 6 INTs (1 TD) in past 5 meetings, incl. 4 INTs (1 TD) in past 2 vs. Az. at home. Has 10 INTs in past 17 at home. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 21 INTs. S EARL THOMAS had 15 tackles & INT in 2 games vs. Az. last year. In past 2 games, has 17 tackles, 47-yard INT & 2 FFs. Incl. playoffs, S KAM CHANCELLOR has 2 INTs & FF in past 4 at home. Had 11 tackles & INT in last meeting. LB MALCOLM SMITH has 19 tackles, sack, INT & FR-TD in past 3 meetings.

Cardinals Place Rookie TE Troy Niklas on IR; Sign TE Mulligan

The NFC West leading Cardinals have placed rookie tight end Troy Niklas on season-ending injured reserve and signed tight end Matthew Mulligan, the Associated Press reports.

Niklas, a second-round draft pick from Notre Dame, missed much of the early season with an ankle injury, then sustained a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s win over Detroit.

Niklas appeared in seven games with three receptions for 38 yards.

Mulligan, in his sixth NFL season, was released by Chicago on Sept. 16. He appeared in two games, one as a starter for the Bears.

Mulligan, an undrafted free agent from Maine in 2008, has appeared in 67 games, 25 as a starter, with the New York Jets, St. Louis, New England and Chicago.

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