Upon Further Review: Cardinals Week 12

November, 25, 2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A review of four hot issues from the Arizona Cardinals’ 40-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

About time: It’s become a running joke around the Cardinals: Karlos Dansby couldn’t catch interceptions. That changed Sunday. He intercepted Colts quarterback Andrew Luck midway through the second quarter and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.

“I put a lot of work in,” Dansby said. “I missed a few early in the season. When everything is on the line, I came through today. [Luck] had a lot of pressure on him. He threw the ball up and I ran through it.”

Even Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who razzed Dansby as much as anyone, was thrilled for Dansby.

“I thought he was going to get another one,” Arians said. “That was a huge one, a huge one, big momentum swing.”

[+] EnlargeLarry Fitzgerald
Norm Hall/Getty ImagesLarry Fitzgerald surpassed the 11,000-yard receiving mark for his career in Sunday's win.
Another record: Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 receiving yards. He’s 30 years, 85 days -- 137 days younger than Randy Moss, who he passed on the list.

“I really don’t pay all that much attention to it in the now,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m happy. It’s a great accomplishment, but Jerry Rice had 21,000 yards receiving. That’s the benchmark.”

It’s the second milestone Fitzgerald has hit this season. He became the youngest NFL player to reach 800 receptions.

Fast improvement: A week after running for 14 yards, the Cardinals responded with 120 yards on the ground. It wasn’t a dominant performance, but it provided the kind of balance that Arizona has been seeking. Rashard Mendenhall had 54 yards on 13 carries and rookie Andre Ellington had 50 yards on 10 carries.

Both players had big runs, and Mendenhall showed speed not seen since he first joined the Cardinals.

“Rashard looked like himself,” Arians said. “He looked healthy like he did back in training camp. I was really glad to see that, and no better time. I thought he had, by far, his best game, both those backs.”

Streak over: One of the few things that went wrong for the Cardinals on Sunday was Jay Feely’s blocked field goal. It happened late in the first quarter when Sergio Brown got his hands on the 28-yard attempt. The block snapped a streak of 17 straight field goals for Feely from Weeks 2-10. It was the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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