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Drew Stanton gets emotional with win over San Francisco

The journeyman has career come full circle with start and win over the 49ers.

Christian Petersen

We know the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-14 last Sunday. We know they did it with Drew Stanton, their backup quarterback.

What you might have missed is Stanton getting emotional on the sideline near the end of the game.

I didn't see it from the press box, but I got a text from my wife while I was downstairs in the press room. She told me that Stanton had been crying on the sideline. I thought that might make a decent question.

So when Stanton came in to address  the media, I asked him to tell us about his emotion at the end of the game. It was a good story.

"This is my eighth year in the league and my sixth start. My first start was against these guys (the Niners) and I got benched and threw three picks in the first half," he explained. "It felt really good to some out here and get a win."

He continued.

"I've never been a guy that's worried about my stats. I think I care more about a team and about winning, but that one stung me. It'll test you in this league and you have to constantly go out there and prove yourself. I feel like a little bit of a weight came off my shoulders today, without a doubt."

Stanton certainly has had his patience tested. I wonder how many times doubt crept in and he thought he might never get a chance. Now he has had a chance and had been successful, and now Cardinals fans can be confident should something else happen to Palmer this year or if Palmer doesn't return for next season.

Did you feel the same weight off your shoulders when Stanton was able to lead the team to a win?