Controversial penalties, a blown fourth-quarter lead and a potential concussion to Larry Fitzgerald could not faze the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Through all the adversity, they found a way to beat the Tennessee Titans in overtime, 37-34.
There are some good candidates for player of the game, but one man stood above the others despite not finding the end zone.
As a whole, the team will take this victory and learn from the mistakes that occurred throughout, like nine penalties for 69 yards -- seven of those came on defense. It's probable that head coach Bruce Arians will be sending in more tape of blown calls to the league this week, but there were some avoidable penalties as well.
The Cardinals (9-5) have some work left to do, but before then, let's celebrate a Cardinals win by voting for the Week 15 player of the game.
Stats: 4 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 2 INT (1 returned for TD), 1 FR
Overall, it wasn't a bad game for cornerback Antoine Cason. He did allow the first of two fourth-quarter comeback touchdowns, but his two interceptions proved to be massive plays for the Cardinals.
It was his first major action of the season after Tyrann Mathieu's injury. Two picks including one to ensure the victory in overtime is not a bad way to kick off his Cardinals career on defense.
Stats: 20 of 30 (66.7%), 231 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 100.8 passer rating
It's apparent that Carson Palmer has head coach Bruce Arians' offense down pat. During Arizona's upswing in which they have won six of the past seven games, Palmer has completed 69.0 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions for a 106.0 passer rating.
On Sunday, Palmer was efficient without forcing the ball downfield just because. His protection wasn't great at all, but he found ways to get the ball out quickly and accurately. He is a big reason for the team's recent success.
Stats: 3 of 3 on field goals (25, 47, 41[OT]), 4 of 4 on extra points, 13 total points
Jay Feely struggled last week against the St. Louis Rams. He missed twice and has missed three times against the Rams this season. But he bounced back in a big way in Nashville.
Feely connected from 41 yards out in overtime to send the Cardinals to 9-5 and keep their playoff hopes and dreams alive. He also executed a perfect pooch kick to start the third quarter -- linebacker and up-man Patrick Bailey muffed the kick, which was recovered by Cason.
Stats: 10 carries, 71 yards, 7.1 YPC; 4 receptions, 87 yards, 21.8 YPC
If those stats seem historic, it's because they are. Rookie running back Andre Ellington is the ninth player since 1960 to carry at least 10 times and average at least 7.0 yards per carry while having at least four receptions and averaging at least 20.0 yards per catch in the same game.
There's also this from Cardinals vice president of media relations, Mark Dalton:
Before Andre Ellington today last Cardinal to lead tm in rushing & rec yds same gm: Marcel Shipp 12/15/02 vs STL (79 & 79)— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) December 16, 2013
Ellington needs 91 yards over Arizona's final two games to become the fourth Cardinals rookie running back with 1,000 yards or more from scrimmage. He would join Ottis Anderson (1979), Johnny Johnson (1990) and Ronald Moore (1993). He is also just the second rookie running back in franchise history with multiple games of 150-plus yards from scrimmage. Sunday's game makes two for Ellington, while the great Ottis Anderson had five in 1979.
Stats: 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss
He must have been feeling young again in Tennessee, because Darnell Dockett was in the backfield a lot against the Titans. He didn't stack the stat sheet, but he was a menace to running back Chris Johnson and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick much of the afternoon.
Dockett was matched up against rookie right guard and top-10 pick Chance Warmack for much of the contest, and he made the youngster look bad at times. Warmack will be a great player for a lot of years, but Dockett has a knack for destroying young offensive linemen. He takes rookies to school on a regular basis.