Defense was the name of the game for the Arizona Cardinals against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The 30-10 win provided a few offensive highlights, but coordinator Todd Bowles' unit was spectacular throughout.
Outside linebacker John Abraham had himself a day, recording three sacks and moving into the top 10 all-time in sacks. Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby led the team once again with eight more tackles and now leads the NFL with 100 solo tackles.
Quarterback Carson Palmer was on fire all afternoon, as was wideout Larry Fitzgerald. The two connected 12 times, including on Palmer's lone touchdown pass -- a 7-yard catch-and-run on Fitz's end.
Here are the candidates for Arizona's play of Week 14. Choose wisely.
The stunt -- or twist -- blitz is a play perfected by the San Francisco 49ers with Justin Smith and Aldon Smith. They run it weekly, and it typically wreaks havoc on the left side of the offensive line.
This week, Calais Campbell and John Abraham ran it to perfection, and this safety was the result. Watch Campbell occupy both the left guard and left tackle, providing Abraham with a clear path to quarterback Kellen Clemens.
Ellington breaks ankles
It wasn't a touchdown, but this 21-yard run from rookie running back Andre Ellington is plenty worthy of being here. Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree thought he had the shifty back in his grasp for 2-yard loss, but he was very wrong.
Ellington did Ogletree like he did Darrelle Revis earlier this year by deking left before cutting right and leaving him in the dust. On the day, Ellington led the team with 46 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown, but this was by far the most impressive run of the game.
Dansby pick-six (again)
It appears after missing a handful of opportunities early in the season, Dansby isn't going to let another one slip away. This pick-six off Clemens came to the same corner of the end zone as the one two weeks ago against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
On the Rams first play from scrimmage after the half, Dansby stepped in front of tight end Jared Cook to take this one back, but it wouldn't have happened if not for Campbell providing pressure to Clemens' backside. The quarterback had to let it go or take a sack, and he chose the worse of two evils.
Palmer channels Russell Wilson
As immobile as he's said to be, Palmer sure looked spry on this play. It came amid a two-minute drive at the end of the half that resulted in his 7-yard touchdown to Fitz, but before he could do that, he had to elude pressure and find his top target for a first down.
The catch by Fitzgerald was equally impressive because safety Rodney McLeod was draped on his back as the ball got there. The All-Pro receiver made a few plays like this on Sunday, leading to the most receptions he's had in a game since 2009.
Dansby crushes Clemens
At first sight, this sack appeared to be Abraham's. The way Dansby came off the edge, he looked just like the future Hall of Fame pass-rusher. But on this play, you can see Abraham coming off the edge from the bottom, giving him the best seat in the house as Dansby levels Clemens.
The career backup quarterback thrust into starting action due to Sam Bradford's season-ending knee injury stayed on the turf after the play, likely regaining his breath. Dansby should be the player of the game after his performance. Go vote if you haven't already.