Cardinals add to comfortable lead against Colts

AP

The Cardinals have looked like legitimate NFC wild-card factors on Sunday against the visiting Colts.

Arizona, led by a strong defense and sharp passing from quarterback Carson Palmer, has built a 34-3 third-quarter lead against Indianapolis.

The 6-4 Cardinals are currently even with division rival San Francisco for the final wild-card spot.

Palmer has thrown a pair of TD passes, both to wideout Larry Fitzgerald, who became the youngest player in NFL history gain 11,000 yards receiving with a late first-half catch. Overall, Palmer has completed 19-of-26 passes for 226 yards with the two scoring throws.

The Cardinals’ defense, meanwhile, has been stout, and it scored a touchdown of its own on Karlos Dansby’s 22-yard second-quarter interception return.

For the AFC South-leading Colts, this is the latest in a line of performances marked by bouts of shaky play. Quarterback Andrew Luck has completed just 12-of-24 passes for 86 yards, and the running game has contributed little.