The Arizona Cardinals came away on Sunday night with a dominant 40-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. They clinched the NFC West and earned their 12th win of the season (a franchise record) and their ninth straight. As we do every week, we poll you as to who should be the player of the game. This is probably an obvious choice, but here are your choices.
Johnson was a workhorse and a star. He carried the ball 29 times and gained 187 yards. He caught four passes for 42 more yards. He scored three touchdowns. He consistently moved the pile forward and was even effective in short yardage situations. I could recall only one play of negative yards. He also had a highlight reel touchdown, when he turned what appeared to be a short gain into a 47-yard touchdown. It had elusiveness, speed, footwork and a stiffarm, too.
He was 20/32 for 274 yards and a touchdown. His passes were perfectly placed. He had five passes dropped, including a pair that would have been touchdowns, so his stat line was not what it could have been. It was more flawless play from the Cardinals' unquestioned leader.
Buc had 11 total tackles and an interception he returned for a touchdown. It was the first time he had ever scored as a defensive player at any level.
Mathieu had five total tackles, an interception and a pass defended. It was another solid prime time performance.