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Palmer, Johnson lead Cardinals past Redskins

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) ''No risk it, no biscuit'' was back for the Arizona Cardinals.

So was the big play.

The result was a much-needed 31-23 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Carson Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns and David Johnson scored twice on another dynamic afternoon for the second-year running back.

''I think he's the best player in the NFL,'' Palmer said. ''Point blank.''

The loss by the Redskins (6-5-1) clinched a playoff spot for the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (11-1).

Palmer's 25-yard touchdown pass to Johnson with 11:09 to play put Arizona ahead 24-20, the fourth lead change of the second half.

The big gamble came when, leading 24-20, Arizona went for it on fourth-and-1 at its 34-yard line.

''I was shocked,'' Palmer said. ''I was ready to jog off the field.''

But Johnson ripped off a 14-yard run and, moments later, when most teams would just try to run out the clock, Palmer threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson that gave the Cardinals (5-6-1) a 31-23 lead with 1:56 to play.

''I've had a few drops,'' Nelson said. ''And with that opportunity to ice the game and get in the end zone, I thought `I can't miss this opportunity.'''

Such long passes have been few and far between for an Arizona team that routinely pulled them off in its 13-3 season a year ago.

''We finally found a big play at the end that we needed desperately,'' Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, ''because I didn't want to play for a three-point game. We wanted to play for that eight-point win. And sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but if you don't try, you don't ever win.''

Washington drove to the Arizona 28-yard line before Patrick Peterson's interception of Kirk Cousins' pass with 41 seconds left sealed the victory.

Johnson, who also scored on a 1-yard run, became the second player in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in the first 12 games of a season. Edgerrin James was the other.

''I've been very fortunate to be around two pretty good backs,'' Arians said. ''Actually three, but Marshall Faulk and Edgerrin James aren't too shabby when they were young, and he reminds me a lot of those two guys.''

Johnson carried the ball 18 times for 84 yards and caught nine passes for another 91.

Cousins completed 21 of 37 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown. His 59-yard pass to DeSean Jackson on the first series of the second half set up his 1-yard touchdown sneak.

In the third quarter, Cousins was stripped of the ball by Calais Campbell, and Markus Golden returned the fumble 20 yards to set up Palmer's 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd.

''I don't know if it is my job to really put a grade on my performance,'' Cousins said. ''It is up and down. Each play has its own reason on why things happen. It is hard to give a blanket statement to summarize it.''

That gave Arizona a 17-13 lead. The Redskins came right back. Cousins threw to a wide-open Jamison Crowder on a 26-yard touchdown to put Washington back on top, 20-17, with 1:06 left in the third quarter.

The Cardinals avoided what would have been the team's first three-game losing streak since Arians came to the desert four seasons ago.

''We came out flat to start the game,'' Washington defensive end Chris Baker said. ''They go down and have a 15-play drive and then we get the ball back on offense and have two false starts. Against a good team like Arizona, you can't come out flat like that.''

Palmer, in one of his best games of the season, completed 30 of 46 for 300 yards despite constant pressure behind a patchwork offensive line .

Josh Norman saved one touchdown by breaking up a pass intended for Floyd.

FITZGERALD'S CLIMB

Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 78 yards, moving past Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison into third on the NFL's career receptions list.

''It's great,'' Fitzgerald said. ''The most thing I'm happy about is it came in a winning effort. ... It's always nice to climb up a little bit higher, but it's humbling to know that I'm still 400 catches behind Jerry Rice.''

He also became the youngest player in NFL history to top 1,100 catches.

INJURIES

Redskins center Spencer Long left the game early to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return.

Washington was without standout tight end Jordan Reed and Arizona didn't have do-everything defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. Both have shoulder injuries.

UP NEXT

Redskins: Washington returns to NFC East play with a game at Philadelphia next Sunday.

Cardinals: Arizona travels across the country to face Miami on Sunday.

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Key Players
K. Cousins 8 QB
271 PaYds, PaTD, INT, RuTD
18
FPTS
C. Palmer 3 QB
300 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, RuYd
30
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:56
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-D.Butler.
plays
yds
pos
23
31
Touchdown 1:56
C.Palmer pass deep middle to J.Nelson for 42 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the pass completion ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
8
plays
75
yds
4:05
pos
23
30
Field Goal 6:01
D.Hopkins 53 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-T.Way.
10
plays
40
yds
5:08
pos
23
24
Point After TD 11:09
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-D.Butler.
plays
yds
pos
20
24
Touchdown 11:09
C.Palmer pass short right to D.Johnson for 25 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
4:57
pos
20
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:06
D.Hopkins extra point is GOOD, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-T.Way.
plays
yds
pos
20
17
Touchdown 1:06
K.Cousins pass deep middle to J.Crowder for 26 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
3:04
pos
19
17
Point After TD 4:10
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-D.Butler.
plays
yds
pos
13
17
Touchdown 4:10
C.Palmer pass short left to M.Floyd for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
10
yds
0:51
pos
13
16
Point After TD 12:36
D.Hopkins extra point is GOOD, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-T.Way.
plays
yds
pos
13
10
Touchdown 12:36
A.Kouandjio and H.Bates reported in as eligible. K.Cousins up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
74
yds
2:24
pos
12
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:07
C.Catanzaro 28 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-D.Butler.
12
plays
65
yds
1:45
pos
6
10
Field Goal 1:52
D.Hopkins 20 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-T.Way.
11
plays
47
yds
5:26
pos
6
7
Field Goal 9:48
D.Hopkins 47 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-T.Way.
7
plays
40
yds
3:33
pos
3
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:43
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-D.Butler.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 6:43
D.Johnson up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
15
plays
75
yds
8:17
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 26:14 33:46
1st Downs 19 24
Rushing 5 7
Passing 12 16
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 5-11 10-16
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 333 369
Total Plays 57 72
Avg Gain 5.8 5.1
Net Yards Rushing 87 88
Rush Attempts 18 24
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 3.7
Net Yards Passing 246 281
Comp. - Att. 21-37 30-46
Yards Per Pass 6.6 6.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-25 2-19
Penalties - Yards 7-35 6-51
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 2-44.5 3-39.7
Return Yards 73 15
Punts - Returns 2-17 1-13
Kickoffs - Returns 3-56 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-2
Kicking 5/5 5/6
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 3/3 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Redskins 6-5-1 0614323
Cardinals 5-6-1 7371431
246 PASS YDS 281
87 RUSH YDS 88
333 TOTAL YDS 369
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.8% 271 1 1 77.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.5% 3811 21 8 99.6
K. Cousins 21/37 271 1 1 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Kelley 32 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 63 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
112 524 4
R. Kelley 14 63 0 19 6
C. Thompson 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 283 1
C. Thompson 2 24 0 16 4
K. Cousins 8 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 0 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 49 2
K. Cousins 2 0 1 1 18
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
P. Garcon 88 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 78 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 59 714 2
P. Garcon 9 7 78 0 28 7
D. Jackson 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 59 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 644 3
D. Jackson 4 1 59 0 59 5
V. Davis 85 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 497 2
V. Davis 6 5 47 0 18 4
J. Crowder 80 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 3 42 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 58 767 7
J. Crowder 8 3 42 1 26 10
C. Thompson 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 269 1
C. Thompson 2 1 21 0 21 4
R. Grant 14 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 51 0
R. Grant 2 2 20 0 13 2
D. Carrier 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 10 0
D. Carrier 1 1 6 0 6 0
R. Kelley 32 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 4 1
R. Kelley 1 0 0 0 0 6
M. Harris 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 51 0
M. Harris 1 1 -2 0 -2 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
W. Compton 51 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
55-42 1 0.0
W. Compton 6-0 0.0 0 0
D. Ihenacho 29 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-4 0 0.0
D. Ihenacho 6-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Hood 90 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-9 0 1.0
Z. Hood 5-0 0.0 0 0
J. Norman 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-10 1 0.0
J. Norman 5-0 0.0 0 0
B. Breeland 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-10 1 0.0
B. Breeland 5-1 0.0 0 1
W. Blackmon 41 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-12 0 0.5
W. Blackmon 4-0 0.0 0 0
S. Cravens 36 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-10 1 1.0
S. Cravens 4-0 0.0 0 0
K. Fuller 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-8 0 0.0
K. Fuller 2-1 0.0 0 0
R. Jean Francois 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-11 0 1.5
R. Jean Francois 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Kerrigan 91 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-7 0 10.0
R. Kerrigan 2-0 1.0 0 0
T. Murphy 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-14 0 8.0
T. Murphy 2-1 1.0 0 0
M. Foster 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-26 0 0.0
M. Foster 2-2 0.0 0 0
P. Smith 94 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-10 1 3.5
P. Smith 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jenkins 73 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-5 0 0.0
C. Jenkins 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Crowder 80 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Crowder 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Garvin 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.5
T. Garvin 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Thompson 25 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Thompson 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Whitner 39 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-11 0 0.0
D. Whitner 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Hopkins 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
28/34 27/29
D. Hopkins 3/3 53 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Way 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 44.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
31 43.6 12
T. Way 2 44.5 1 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Harris 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 15.7 26 0
M. Harris 2 15.0 26 0
C. Thompson 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 21.6 28 0
C. Thompson 1 26.0 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Crowder 80 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 8.5 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 15.4 85 1
J. Crowder 2 8.5 10 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Palmer 3 QB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 300 3 0 105.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.3% 3231 18 11 85.5
C. Palmer 30/46 300 3 0 30
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Johnson 31 RB
29
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 84 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
228 1005 11
D. Johnson 18 84 1 14 29
A. Ellington 38 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 78 0
A. Ellington 5 5 0 8 1
C. Palmer 3 QB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 34 0
C. Palmer 1 -1 0 -1 30
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Johnson 31 RB
29
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 9 91 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 64 704 4
D. Johnson 12 9 91 1 25 29
L. Fitzgerald 11 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 10 78 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 88 880 5
L. Fitzgerald 11 10 78 0 23 7
J. Gresham 84 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 52 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 264 2
J. Gresham 6 5 52 0 14 5
J. Nelson 14 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 42 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 315 3
J. Nelson 2 1 42 1 42 10
M. Floyd 15 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 3 18 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 428 4
M. Floyd 8 3 18 1 7 7
A. Ellington 38 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 68 0
A. Ellington 2 1 10 0 10 1
D. Fells 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 92 0
D. Fells 1 1 9 0 9 0
J. Brown 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 399 1
J. Brown 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Bucannon 20 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-24 0 0.0
D. Bucannon 6-1 0.0 0 0
T. Jefferson 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
67-13 0 2.0
T. Jefferson 5-2 0.0 0 0
M. Cooper 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-6 3 0.0
M. Cooper 5-1 0.0 0 0
T. Branch 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-3 0 0.0
T. Branch 3-1 0.0 0 0
C. Campbell 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-14 1 4.0
C. Campbell 3-0 1.0 0 1
K. Minter 51 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-17 0 3.5
K. Minter 3-2 1.0 0 0
D. Swearinger 36 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-7 3 1.0
D. Swearinger 3-0 0.0 0 0
P. Peterson 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-5 3 0.0
P. Peterson 2-1 0.0 1 0
J. Mauro 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 0 0.0
J. Mauro 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Bethel 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-1 0 0.0
J. Bethel 2-0 0.0 0 1
M. Golden 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-9 0 7.0
M. Golden 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-8 0 8.0
C. Jones 1-1 0.0 0 0
F. Rucker 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-6 0 0.0
F. Rucker 1-0 0.0 0 0
H. Valles 89 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
H. Valles 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Golden 10 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Golden 1-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Gooden 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
Z. Gooden 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Catanzaro 7 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
15/19 29/30
C. Catanzaro 1/2 28 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Butler 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 39.7 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
27 41.3 9
D. Butler 3 39.7 0 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Peterson 21 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 7.2 13 0
P. Peterson 1 13.0 13 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:43 WAS 24 2:20 3 -11 Punt
3:25 WAS 25 2:24 7 30 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:21 WAS 31 3:33 7 40 FG
7:18 ARI 48 5:26 11 47 FG
0:07 WAS 19 0:07 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WAS 26 2:24 5 74 TD
5:34 WAS 43 0:33 2 -13 Fumble
4:10 WAS 25 3:04 8 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:09 WAS 25 5:08 10 40 FG
1:56 WAS 25 1:15 6 47 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ARI 25 8:17 15 75 TD
4:23 ARI 41 0:58 3 3 Punt
1:01 ARI 8 2:40 6 18 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:48 ARI 25 2:30 3 -5 Punt
1:52 ARI 25 1:45 12 65 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:36 ARI 25 7:02 13 40 FG Miss
5:01 WAS 10 0:51 3 10 TD
1:06 ARI 25 4:57 10 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:01 ARI 25 4:05 8 75 TD
0:41 ARI 20 0:41 1 -1 Game