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center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   At that point, the home team had all the momentum and the visiting Cardinals were reeling — until they weren’t. Harrison mentions how Arians’ playcalling helped Arizona produce a 10-play, 83-yard touchdown drive to retake the lead. Then, after the defense forced a punt, Arizona’s offense got back on the field and produced what the writer believes is the play of the game.The Cardinals were up 32-29 and needed four yards from the Seattle 48. Given his style, no one would have been surprised if Arians had his offense take to the air and try to pick up the yards or even points. Instead, Palmer handed the ball off.The play call was a delayed handoff to Andre Ellington. Not Chris Johnson, the team’s leading rusher, nor David Johnson, the dynamic rooke. The Cardinals banked on right defensive end Frank Clark rushing straight up the field. This was a clear passing down, after all. Palmer had already dropped back 50 times. So Arians knew the pass rush would be over aggressive. Ellington scurried past the traffic behind the line, before suckering Kam Chancellor into a bad angle while he bounced outside. Then Ellington pulled a tightrope act staying inbounds … 48 yards later he had a touchdown, and the Seahawks comeback was kaput.Ellington’s run spawned the Drew Stanton dance, while the victory led to the Palmer hip thrust. The win pushed Arizona’s record to 7-2 and put them in the driver’s seat to win the NFC West for the first time since 2009. And on national TV, it served notice that the Seahawks’ reign as the top team in the division was — if not coming to an end — going to be hotly contested. Back in 2000, Maximus turned to the crowd and asked, “Are you not entertained?”In 2015, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians could have done the same thing, asking his team’s fans the very same question.Though the Cardinals fell short of the Super Bowl, the answer would have to be “yes,” right?NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison certainly thought the Cardinals were entertaining, as he wrote Arizona was part of three of the top 20 games of the 2015 season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals’ first appearance on the list was at No. 20, as their home loss to the St. Louis Rams made for some good viewing.Explaining the choice, Elliot Harrison pointed out how the best player on the field that day was St. Louis rookie running back Todd Gurley.Gurley sprinted around the edge. He gashed a top defense. And perhaps most of all, he moved with a sense of urgency while maintaining a graceful gait. On this day, an afternoon in which the lowly Rams upset an undefeated Arizona team, Gurley looked like the lovechild of Eric Dickerson and Eddie George.But it was not just Gurley’s excellence — he ran for 146 yards — that had Harrison feeling good about the game. While very little of what made this afternoon exciting went the Cardinals’ way, he pointed to the Rams coming up with turnovers with the Cardinals hanging around until the end until what was deemed as the play of the game.With the score Rams 24, Cardinals 22, Patrick Peterson broke up a Nick Foles pass, forcing the Rams to punt with 3:03 to go.Arizona advanced to the Ram 43-yard line, where it seemed Palmer would get the Cardinals in range for a Chandler Catanzaro game-winner. Yet after two incompletions (including a drop by Jaron Brown), the Arizona offense was facing fourth-and-2.last_img read more