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Fitzgerald, Defense Lead Arizona Cardinals Past Colts, 40-11

November 24th, 2013 at 6:34 PM
By Steve Smith

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Don't look now but the Arizona Cardinals are in the thick of the NFC wild card race.

Larry Fitzgerald snared two touchdown passes from Carson Palmer and Karlos Dansby returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown to lead the surging Arizona Cardinals to a 40-11 rout of the Indianapolis Colts before a loud crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale this afternoon.

The victory was the fourth in a row for the high-flying Red Birds (7-4) and moved them a half game ahead of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. The Niners face Washington tomorrow night in the nation's capital.

Fitzgerald caught five passes for 52 yards and became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards receiving in his career. Michael Floyd added seven receptions for 104 yards while running back Rashard Mendenhall  led the rushing attack with 54 yards and a five-yard scoring run.

Palmer completed 26 of 37 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for the second game in a row. He is red hot right now and posted a stellar 114.0 QB rating.

Dansby's 22-yard interception return of an Andrew Luck pass for a touchdown gave the Cards a commanding 24-3 lead midway through the second quarter. It was complete domination by the Red Birds as they held the Colts to 239 yards from scrimmage, mostly in garbage time. Luck completed just 20 of 39 passes for 163 yards, a touchdown (to Coby Fleener) and an interception.

Jay Feely had an excellent game for Arizona, booting field goals of 48, 50, 21 and 25 yards. 

It was an emotional win for Bruce Arians, who beat his former team in grand style. It was Arizona's highest scoring game in three seasons. Arians was the NFL Coach of the Year in 2012 with Indianapolis.

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Tags: Andrew Luck, Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Carson Palmer, Football, Jay Feely, Karlos Dansby, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, NFL, Rashard Mendenhall

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