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Cardinals vs. Rams: Player of the Game Poll

The Cardinals showed up to play against the Rams in week 17.

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There were many notable performances, which helps explain the final score of 44-6.  Let's take a look at a few of the standout players from the season finale.

1) Markus Golden

The second year LB capped off a fantastic 2016 outing with a dominating performance against QB Jared Goff.  Golden sacked Goff 2.5 times, and was constantly pressuring the rookie QB. With those sacks, Golden officially ends the season as the sophomore leading sacker, and is tied for third overall in the league with 12.5 sacks.

2) Larry Fitzgerald

Fitz's stats weren't mind-blowing.  He ended the day with 5 receptions for just 43 yards.  But it was his fifth reception that earned him a spot in this poll.  Fitz's final catch of the day was a 5 yard TD pass from Carson Palmer early in the 4th quarter.  With that catch, Fitz officially became the 2016 league leader in receptions, at 107.  Fitz has been far and away the most dependable Cardinal over the years.  This was a great way for him to end his 2016/17 campaign.

3) J.J. Nelson

Nelson really stepped up after Michael Floyd was cut, and the season finale was no exception. He was by far the leading receiver on both teams, tallying 75 yards off 4 catches.  His most impressive catch of the day came in the 3rd quarter on 4th and 4.  In a one-on-one showdown with CB E.J. Gaines, Nelson somehow managed to contort his body just enough to hang on to a 32 yard pass from Palmer to set the team up at the 4 yard line.  I'm excited to see what Nelson has in store for next season.

4) Chandler Catanzaro

Catanzaro was perfect on the day, nailing three FGs: 32 yards, 34 yards, and 47 yards each.  His kickoffs were deep, he made the kicks he needed to make, and overall Catanzaro seems to be finding his way again.

5) Justin Bethel

Bethel recorded six solo tackles, and was generally a lockdown corner all game.  His interception in the 4th quarter was just the cherry on top.  With 8:16 to go, Bethel intercepted a pass intended for WR Pharoh Cooper and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown.  Bethel finished the season with a string of nice performances, so this wasn't too surprising to see.

Who deserves the game ball?  Vote in the poll, or comment below if you feel it should go to someone not on this list.