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Cardinals relieved to get “huge” win, even if it wasn’t an artistic success

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) AP

No style points were awarded Thursday night (and there probably weren’t many ratings points earned either).

But the Cardinals were in a desperate enough spot that they weren’t worried about either, after beating a fellow bad team San Francisco to improve to 2-3.

“It’s huge,” defensive tackle Calias Campbell said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “We’ve been saying all week, ‘It starts with one and then just stack them.’ Now, we have to figure out we can do to keep that ball rolling. . . .

“We come in here, on the road, on a Thursday night, have things stacked against us and have a backup quarterback. The biggest thing was whatever it took to get this win. Find a way to get it done and try to figure it out from here.”

The backup quarterback in question, Drew Stanton, wasn’t what you’d traditionally describe as good. But he was good enough on a night when the bar wasn’t set particularly high.

Stanton completed 11-of-28 passes for 124 yards, but he threw two touchdowns to Larry Fitzgerald which was enough.

“Once I got a chance to settle down, I felt good about everything,” Stanton said. “Throughout the course of a game, you have to find that rhythm, and I hadn’t been out there in awhile. My goal was to come out of here with a victory, and I feel good about accomplishing that goal.”

No one knows when starting quarterback Carson Palmer will return from his concussion (or when he’ll return to his previous form), but the Cardinals are entering a tougher stretch of opponents, with a Monday nighter against the Jets followed by a Sunday Night Football appearance by the Seahawks and a trip to Carolina, a few opponents with their own issues and degrees of desperation.

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6 Responses to “Cardinals relieved to get “huge” win, even if it wasn’t an artistic success”
  1. joenash72 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:26 AM

    The win was Uuuuggge.

  2. switchwitch59 says: Oct 7, 2016 7:21 AM

    It’s only a huge win because it, temporarily, busts them out of the 12 team tie.

  3. scottinva says: Oct 7, 2016 7:23 AM

    Chip needs to remind the guys to get up off their knees once the National Anthem is over.

  4. kickinpuppies says: Oct 7, 2016 8:05 AM

    It looked like the stadium was like 25% full. Pretty pathetic.

  5. patfanken says: Oct 7, 2016 10:14 AM

    Anytime you win a Thursday night game it’s doubly important. One because you get the mini break before the next game, and 2 just to get it over with, since its almost impossible to properly get ready for the Thursday night fiasco, which usually is a horrible game.

    I was thrilled when the Pats won their game against Houston, but even the most die hard Pats fan would never have described what they saw that night as an “exciting football game”.

    Thanks Roger. (sarcasm)

  6. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 7, 2016 1:36 PM

    It’s difficult to award style points in a game that decides who takes over last place in the NFC West.

    But I’ll give points to Fitz. He was always where he needed to be, and made numerous big plays just by catching the ball.

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