If the Titans want to take the next step with Mariota at quarterback and the veteran DeMarco Murray leading the way on the ground, head coach Mike Mularkey needs to coach up his team towards consistent play. "It's good to see the fight that the players had, to see the hard work".
"Yeah, we were moving it well", Johnson said of his first-half rushing total.
Adam Thielen had his biggest game of the season, securing five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
The difference in this game was two 100-yard-plus plays allowed by the Cardinals. "I've had them for like four months; I just always forgot them", he said. "I think you could feel it just at practice and in the locker room". David Johnson led the Cardinals with 55 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Xavier Rhodes came up with two interceptions, returning one for a 100 touchdown. The Cardinals got 100+ receiving yard performances from Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd that helped them squeak past the 49ers.
"A lot of people are doubting right now, and that's fine, but as long as everyone in this locker room believes, we're going to be OK", left guard Alex Boone said.
"You're on the road in a tough environment, " Palmer said, "and this one we really wanted, really needed". It looked like he was trying to run out and couldn't get out of the grasp of the defender (Captain Munnerlyn).
What is particularly puzzling is David Johnson has emerged as the most explosive and productive running back in the league after a promising rookie season and Chandler Jones has been everything the Cardinals hoped for when they traded with the Patriots for him.
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Patterson's score was Minnesota's only touchdown of the second half, and it was enough, as the Vikings' defense clamped down on the Cards in the final 30 minutes.
"I just felt like we outplayed these guys", Arizona tight end Jermaine Gresham said after the game in which he scored a late first-half touchdown to pull his team within three points.
He also converted a third-and-1 with a 30-yard reception that set up another touchdown, and opened the second half with his fifth career kickoff return TD, which ties him with Percy Harvin for the most in Vikings history.
"When you're involved, you can't even sleep at night", Patterson said. However, they ran into the buzzsaw that was the 1998 Vikings in the divisional round and didn't return to the postseason for another decade. A bold move to reveal your hand this early, but it shows the level of confidence that Arians has in Peterson to shut down opposing team's top targets.
With six weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL season, the Cardinals can still make it to 10-5-1, which would nearly certainly get them into the playoffs, and the Bengals could finish 9-6-1, which would normally give them a good shot at January football as well.
Arizona's defense put the offense back into position. A team that possesses talent in abundance, the Cardinals could pose the biggest test of the season for the Vikings, something that will make any fan nervous as both teams are in a dire situation as the National Football League enters the final stretch of the season.
The victory wasn't clinched until Danielle Hunter sacked Palmer on a fourth-and-six with 37 seconds remaining.