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center_img Defensively, Calais Campbell forced a fumble and Patrick Peterson picked off Kirk Cousins, who was held under 300 passing yards (271) for only the sixth time this season.The interception sealed the win, just the Cardinals’ second in their past six games, keeping alive their playoff hopes, as slim as they may be with a 5-6-1 record after Week 13.The 123rd all-time meeting between the former NFC East rivals saw four second-half lead changes.The Redskins (6-5-1) led 20-17 entering the fourth quarter, but Palmer twice threw touchdowns, including a 42-yard deepball to J.J. Nelson, a play that wouldn’t have happened if not for Johnson’s 14-yard run on 4th-and-1 at the Arizona 34 with 3:47 left in the game.Johnson rushed for 84 yards, going over 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his career.THE GOODAfter not scoring on their opening drive through the first 10 games, the Cardinals have now gone back-to-back games with a first-possession touchdown. Johnson scored from a yard out, capping a 15-play, 75-yard drive—in which the Cardinals twice converted on 3rd-and-11—in 8:17. Johnson, who missed a handful of snaps while trainers looked at his right arm/hand, accounted for 39 total yards, including 29 rushing yards, while the touchdown was his 14th of the season, the most by and Arizona player since Roy Green had 14 in 1983 and tied for the fourth-most in franchise history. – With the victory, the Cardinals have won two straight games against Washington for the first time since ’98.– With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 6-1 against teams from the NFC East since the arrival of Arians.– With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 28-9 against teams outside the NFC West division under Arians.– With the victory, the Cardinals earned their 23rd home win dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season.– With the victory, Arians earned his 39th win as Cardinals head coach, tied for the third-most in team history.– The game was played with the stadium roof open for the first time this season and just the 25th time overall.– Among the Cardinals’ inactives included defensive tackles Olsen Pierre, Robert Nkemdiche and Ed Stinson.UP NEXTIt’s back on the road, where the Cardinals will play three of their final four games of the season.They’re in Miami—only their sixth-ever road game against the Dolphins—on Sunday, Dec. 11. Kickoff from Hard Rock Stadium is scheduled for 11 a.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.This is just the 12th meeting between the two teams. Just win one game.That was the Arizona Cardinals’ focus all week, and it paid off Sunday with a 31-23 win over visiting Washington in front of another sold out crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium.The stars shined, fittingly perhaps with the game played with the roof open.Carson Palmer passed for 300 yards and three touchdowns, David Johnson totaled 175 yards and two touchdowns, while Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 78 yards. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo THE BADThough they held the Redskins out of the end zone in the first half, the Cardinals defense did allow a pair of second-quarter field goals (yeah, we’re nit-picking a bit here). Dustin Hopkins hit from 47 and 20 yards; the latter of which pulled them to within one, 7-6, at the 1:52 mark of the period, a quarter where the Redskins outgained the Cardinals, 101-87. Washington had just 29 total first-quarter yards.Not a great sequence to begin the second half for Cardinals safety Tyvon Branch. Activated off injured reserve earlier in the week and seeing more playing time with Tyrann Mathieu inactive (shoulder), Branch missed a sack and then got beat by DeSean Jackson on a deep ball down the middle of the field for 59 yards. Three plays later, Cousins rushed one yard for a touchdown, giving Washington a 13-10 lead.After converting once on third down in the first half, the Redskins moved the chains on each of their three third-down opportunities in the third quarter, including twice on what was their second scoring drive of the period. A 3rd-and-5 as well as a 3rd-and-10 were converted, the latter of which was a 26-yard touchdown catch by Jamison Crowder to put Washington back in front, 20-17, at the 1:06 mark. The Cardinals have won three straight over the Dolphins, including the most recent matchup in 2012, a 24-21 overtime victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.The Cardinals’ last visit to Miami came in 2004.Overall, the Dolphins lead 8-3 in the all-time series, which dates back to 1972. – / 25last_img read more