Cardinals Rout Rams, Get 10 Wins and Other Milestones

Chris FarmerCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27:  Runningback Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals runs onto the field during introducions to the NFL game against the St. Louis Rams at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Rams 31-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In the most complete game Arizona has played since upending the Vikings three weeks ago, the Cardinals took care of business by ousting the undermanned Rams 31-10 to earn 10 wins in a season for the first time since 1976.

With the NFC West crown wrapped up last weekend, the Cardinals also still have an outside chance of earning the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs should the Vikings lose their last two games.

Aside from that, this game served primarily as a much needed tune-up for the playoffs after two shaky outings.

The game featured several milestones:

  • Kurt Warner became only the second QB in NFL history to pass for 100 or more touchdowns for two different teams.
  • Adrian Wilson became the 10th player in NFL history to record 20 or more interceptions and sacks in a career.
  • Rookie CB Greg Toler recorded his first career interception.
  • Second-year WR Early Doucet caught his first career TD pass.
  • Steve Breaston caught the Cardinals' longest reception of the season with a 45-yarder.
  • With his eighth rushing TD this season, Tim Hightower tied Ernie Nevers and Ottis Anderson for the most rushing TDs by a Cardinal in a two-year span with 18.

The interesting bit about the Cardinals facing the Packers in the final game of the regular season next weekend is that they may be facing them again in the first round of the playoffs. The Packers have wrapped up a wildcard berth and may be forced to play two straight games at University of Phoenix Stadium.

One thing is for certain: It will be a convoluted game of cat and mouse. If the Vikings win, neither team will have anything to play for.

Surely both teams will have an interest in resting key players, and there may be an element of withholding some of the game plans as well.

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