ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Running back Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball ahead of middle linebacker James Laurinaitis #55 of the St. Louis Rams in the second half of the game on November 27, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 23-20. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
There were positives from the game, but the offense once again sputtered, only to pull it out in clutch time. Hit the jump to see what the organization had to say about the performance today.
Beanie Wells. The Beanie Wells. 8.4 YPC. 1 TD. A franchise record 228 YDS in the game. He ran all over the Rams. Like a mad bull. Two breakaway runs. John Skelton should thank him. When asked about the day and the record, Wells answered, "I don't really think about records." He then followed that with, "We wanted to prove we were a good football team and capable of competing." This all stems from Coach Whisenhunt challenging the RB and the OL after their slow start.
Patrick Peterson also tied an NFL record with his fourth punt return for a TD. Peterson had this to say, "Nine out of ten times, when you make a big play like that on special teams, you'll win the game." And today game wasn't the tenth time.
Daryl Washington and the rest of the defense were exceptional. Harrying Sam Bradford. Separating the Rams from the ball. Keeping Steven Jackson to under 64 YDS. But Washington didn't sugarcoat his words. "We stuck it out and it was another ugly win." He followed that up with a familiar manta. "But we kept staying positive."
John Skelton spoke of the game as seen from a man pressured most of the day. "It was a grinder." And after some prodding from Larry Fitzgerald, Skelton added, "We've had a couple of those, those different kind of wins."
Daryn Colledge was happy to be part of the record setting day, but he stressed something else. "It just sets a standard that certain things will be expected in games. We have to keep it at that level."
Agreed. And then learn how to pass protect OL.
But in the very end, Larry Fitzgerald said it best. "Today was Beanie's day."
Yes it was. And until next weekend, when the Cards are home with Dallas coming to the house, enjoy the victory.