The Arizona Cardinals won on Sunday, defeating the St. Louis Rams 27-3. That is what matters most, but there were some milestones to be met. They met them.
Larry Fitzgerald met two personal milestones in the win. After a 23-yard reception, he passed the 1000-yard mark for the season. It is the first time since 2011 he reached that amount. With four games to go, he still has a lot of yards to gain.
With his final catch of the game -- his eighth on Sunday -- he also reached 1000 receptions for his career. That made him the youngest player to ever reach 1000 receptions. That gives him 91 on the season after just 12 games. he already has more catches this season than he has since 2009, when he caught 97 passes. With four games to go, his career high of 103 receptions seems well within reach. He is 384 yards away from his career high as well.
It is safe to say he might be having the finest season of his NFL career -- something special considering many believe he has already had a Hall of Fame career.
But his milestones were not the only ones met.
Kicker Chandler Catanzaro passed 100 points on the season with his first kick. He became the first Cardinals player to pass 100 points in each of his first two seasons.
With his touchdown reception, David Johnson joins Larry Centers as the only running backs in the last 39 years to catch at least four touchdowns in a season. Johnson also leads the team in touchdowns with nine on the season and leads all rookies in the NFL.
With the win, the Cardinals reached the 10-win plateau for the third straight season. It is only the second time in franchise history to occur, and the last time was 1974-1976 -- before I was even born.
Carson Palmer, throwing for 356 yards, passed 300 yards for the eighth time this season. That sets the franchise record for a season. He also now is in the top 10 in franchise history for passing yards, despite only playing his third season with the team.
Bruce Arians became only the 10th coach in NFL history to win 10 games in each of his first three seasons as a head coach.