Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2015

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) holds up the football after a fumble recovery for the win against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-20. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri

The Arizona Cardinals got contributions from many different sources to earn a 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings, moving to 11-2 on the season and clinching a playoff bid in Week 14.

Carson Palmer was solid yet again with 310 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Michael Floyd came up big with 102 receiving yards and a touchdown while David Johnson added 123 yards from scrimmage. However, it was Dwight Freeney who made the biggest play of the game with a strip-sack on Teddy Bridgewater to turn the ball over in the final seconds, ruining the Vikings' opportunity to tie the game with a field goal.

Bridgewater played well until that point, totaling 335 passing yards and a touchdown with 11 different receivers catching passes. Adrian Peterson grinded his way toward 69 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries while the defense made enough plays to give Minnesota a chance to win late. Unfortunately for the road team, it came up just short on the final possession.

The loss is the Vikings' third in the last four games after a 7-2 start. They are still in position for a wild-card berth but their standing in the NFC North has certainly taken a hit.

Arizona remains in much better shape after clinching a playoff spot with a win. The Cardinals likely have their eyes set on a bye with the hope they can make a deep run this postseason.

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