The Arizona Cardinals secured one of their most impressive victories in recent memory Sunday when they defeated NFC West rival San Francisco, 23-14 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Here are some takeaways from that thrilling affair:
1. The Cardinals are a mentally tough team. We all know the stats – going into the game Arizona had lost four straight to San Francisco and nine of 10. Head coach Bruce Arians had said earlier in the week that there was not a rivalry when one team (SF) had won so often.
Well, the Red Birds trailed 14-6 and easily could have gone into a shell thinking, "here we go again." They completely shut down the 49ers in the second half and Drew Stanton and John Brown connected on two touchdown passes. That showed tremendous progress by a group that knows they need to make the playoffs this season, not just get close.
Now there IS a rivalry.
2. Larry Fitzgerald is the third best receiver on the Cardinals.
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