CLINCH!

Cardinals 34, Rams 10

Wow, that word hasn’t been uttered since 1975 – the last time the Cardinals clinched their division.  In fact, they haven’t even been to the playoffs since 1998.  But after today’s explosive performance – on both sides of the ball – the Arizona Cardinals are officially the NFC West Division CHAMPS!  Congrats guys!

I’d have to give a game ball to the defense today, forcing 3 turnovers (2 FF by Gerald Hayes and an INT by rookie-stud Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who, incidentally, ran it back 100 yds for the score!) and 2 defensive TDs (Rodgers-Cromartie’s and Darnell Dockett’s 11-yd fumble recovery TD.)

The Cards weren’t as stellar on offense, with Kurt Warner’s 24/33, 279 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT.  He did surpass 4,000 yards today, something he hasn’t done since 2001, as well as setting a franchise record for completions with 347, breaking Neil Lomax’s previous mark of 345, set in 1984 (MVP anyone?!?)  Larry Fitzgerald caught the only TD on only 73 yds, and Tim Hightower’s ran one in as well.  Rounding out the top offensive players are Steve Breaston (7 rec. for 90 yds) and Anquan Boldin (5 rec. for 62 yds.)  But it was enough, and that’s all that matters. 

Next week, the Cards will host the (also 8-5) Minnesota Vikings, who are playing for their playoff lives in a close battle in the NFC North.

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(Yet another awesome picture by Donald Miralle, Getty Images – check out his photos, they are incredible!)

(Source: nfl.com)