There was a time when Carson Palmer was not known as a clutch performer. He would pile up numbers in losing efforts. He didn't pile up wins. It is different now. He is piling up numbers and wins, and he is leading the team in clutch moments.
Palmer has led his teams to game-winning drives in the fourth quarter 29 times in his career, but none of those have come in the three seasons he has played in Arizona. In fact, four have come in the last five weeks.
Down 29-25 in the fourth quarter in Seattle, he led the Cardinals to a go-ahead touchdown. The very next week at home against the Cincinnati Bengals, with the game tied and just over a minute left, he took them down the field for the winning field goal. The next week in San Francisco, with the score tied at 13, he took them down to score a touchdown. Then, on Thursday, with the score tied, he led them to the winning field goal.
That makes four this season. There were two last season in his six starts. There were three in 2013.
With the season winding down and the postseason coming for the Cardinals, winning games late is becoming a habit. That is something teams frequently must do in the playoffs.
Palmer says "no doubt" they expect to win games at the end like that. "I think we are a confident group," he said. He talked about how the defense getting the stop at the end of the win over the Vikings.
How many more will the Cardinals have this season, and when will it end?