The Arizona Cardinals played the St. Louis Rams on Thursday Night Football last night. They are no strangers to the national stage but it has been rough on them. They have not won a Thursday game since 1948. Well that all changed last night when they beat the Rams 12-6.
The Cards won the game without scoring a touchdown, a feat that is very hard to do accomplish. But when you have the best defense in the league and rookie placekicker Chandler Cantanzaro it's not so hard. What made the task even harder was when quarterback Drew Stanton went out with a knee injury.
The Cards then had to look toward their season motto, "next man up" and it was Ryan Lindley's turn to call the offense. He is the fourth QB to line up under center for the Cardinals. With no reps in practice Lindley was as close to awful as you could get. But in his defense he kept his composer and was bailed out by the defense.
The Cardinals are now 11-3 and barring a tie between Philadelphia and Dallas they will clinch a playoff spot. The Cardinals want more than that though. They have two games remaining against Seattle and San Francisco. If they can win out, which is possible, they will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, including the Super Bowl. If they plan to be in the Super Bowl they will need home field advantage. There is no way they go into Green Bay and beat the Packers, even with a healthy Drew Stanton back.