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first_imgAnybody up for seeing a field goal shootout?That’s what Thursday night’s game ended up being.The Arizona Cardinals made sure to give their placekicker more opportunities than St. Louis did, however.Chandler Catanzaro recovered from a poor outing last Sunday, drilling all four of his field goal attempts, including two from beyond 45 yards.That would be all Arizona would need as its defense locked down the home team. The Cardinals escaped by a 12-6 final, claiming their 11th win of the season and putting themselves in prime playoff position. They only have meetings with Seattle and San Francisco remaining. What little playoff hopes the Rams had were squashed at the Edward Jones Dome, as they fell to 6-8, bottom in the NFC West.Here’s a look the Thursday Night Football game, by the numbers:4Frostee Rucker had a big night on the defensive end with four tackles, including three for loss. He also had one of the Cardinals’ two sacks; Larry Foote had the other.18The 18 combined points were the lowest total in a Cardinals game this season, falling short of Arizona’s 14-6 win over the Lions on Nov. 16.29The Rams had shut out their last two foes, so when Catanzaro connected on a field goal on the Cardinals’ third drive, it ended a St. Louis streak of holding opponents scoreless on 29 consecutive possessions — dating back to the fourth quarter of a loss to San Diego on Nov. 23. Being that Arizona failed to score a touchdown Thursday, St. Louis still has a streak going of not allowing an opponent to drive for a touchdown in 40 straight possessions.30Quarterback Drew Stanton left in the third quarter with a knee injury, and Bruce Arians opted to go with recently re-signed Ryan Lindley instead of rookie Logan Thomas. Lindley hadn’t taken a snap in the regular season since 2012, his first time around with the Cardinals. The San Diego State product completed just 4-of-10 passes for 30 yards and a QB rating of 47.9, but he did lead Arizona to its fourth and field goal. Lindley still hasn’t thrown a touchdown in his NFL career, as opposed to seven interceptions. Stanton went 12-for-20 for 109 yards before exiting. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img 51The rookie Catanzaro tied his career-long with a 51-yard kick in the third quarter. His 4-for-4 mark Thursday also tied a career-best. The 23-year-old kicker is now 26-of-30 on the season, and he has now made 10-of-12 from 40 yards and beyond.69-59Arizona initially hurt itself with penalties, but St. Louis ended up losing more yards, despite fewer miscues. The Cardinals had eight penalties for 59 yards, while the Rams had six for 69.143Individually, nobody had a spectacular night on the ground for the Cardinals, but the unit collectively was successful and helped the team control the pace — which was slow, as you can tell. Kerwynn Williams followed up his 100-yard performance against Kansas City with 15 carries for 75 yards, and Stepfan Taylor had a solid night with 14 rushes for 61 yards. Arizona had 143 yards rushing as a team, while St. Louis managed just 69.900Larry Fitzgerald’s fourth catch of the game was the 900th of his career, and he became the youngest NFL player to reach that mark. Yeah, that happened. The 11-year veteran finished the game with seven catches for 30 yards.HISTORY! Larry Fitzgerald records his 900th career catch, becomes youngest player in NFL history with 900 receptions.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 12, 2014 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   1975The Cardinals haven’t had 11 victories in a season since 1975, when they played in St. Louis. They’ve only reached 11 wins three times in franchise history prior to this season. – / 46last_img read more