Sunday against St. Louis is most certainly a game to remember. After upsetting the 49ers and Seahawks, the Rams came into Glendale with a third NFC West upset in mind and came close.
The 31-14 win can certainly be credited to a few players who jump off the stat sheet, but just as the team has looked all season there were some standout performers who made plays when they were most needed. Time to vote for who was most important:
Statistically, it wasn't his finest game going 25 of 36 for 241 yards, 6.7 YPA, three sacks and an interception. But what the stats don't show is that every single receiver excluding Andre Ellington averaged over 10 yards per catch. Those three sacks were all due to the Palmer staying in the pocket while the rejuvenated Rams D-line ran roughshod all over the Cards pass defense. The run game was non-existent and Palmer led for three quarters to keep the Cards in the game.
He only was on for one series due to the 4th quarter domination by the Cards defense. But Stanton came in and caught the Rams off guard since everyone, but Cardinals coaches, players and fans expected Arians to play more conservatively. He did the opposite, unleashing Stanton who made two first down passes before striking John Brown on a 49-yard touchdown catch that signed the death notice for the Rams.
9 catches for 10 targets for 112 yards. Fitzgerald has dealt with a lot of crap of being over the hill, but he came out and was the most consistent player to help Palmer move the ball down the field. 60 of those yards were indirectly responsible for the Cardinals 10 first half points.
3 for 3 for 35 yards. The catches were for 15, 7 and 13 yards. It's not impressive except for two reasons. Every single catch was on third down and this is a player who officially is the 5th receiver on the depth chart. I don't care how it looks, Jaron Brown made plays when they mattered most.
5 for 5 for 73 yards and the funky town touchdown. If John Brown followed up his late game touchdown receptions from Philly two weeks ago with another game-changing play. While Jaron Brown caught only on third down, John only caught on 1st and 2nd and is the team's clear cut deep threat receiver.
His real only fault was a questionable defensive holding on 2nd and 10. Then Peterson caught his first interception of the year on the very next play. Only to follow up with a second interception for a touchdown on the very next defensive series to make it a two score game.
6 tackles, 2 sacks, one of them to push the Rams out of field goal range after Palmer's interception was huge. One of the reasons the blitzes work so well is because of Campbell is so often double teamed and today he showed why opponents have to keep fearing him.
Time to vote on who you think was the most important player Sunday.