2016 Arizona Cardinals season
Head Coach Bruce Arians
General Manager Steve Keim
Home Field University of Phoenix Stadium
Results
Record 7–8–1
Place 2nd NFC West
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2016 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 118th season, 97th season in the National Football League, 29th in Arizona, and 11th at University of Phoenix Stadium. It was also the fourth season under head coach Bruce Arians.

In free agency, they signed veteran defensive back Tyvon Branch and veteran lineman Evan Mathis, while re-signing several key players. They traded for Chandler Jones from the New England Patriots, sending Jonathan Cooper and a late second-round pick to New England.

The Cardinals came into the 2016 season with expectations of improving on their 2015 campaign and reaching the Super Bowl. However, after a 1–3 start, they suffered injuries to quarterback Carson Palmer and most of the offensive line. On October 23, the Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks played out a 6–6 tie; this was the Cardinals' first tie since 1986 when they were the St. Louis Cardinals. It was also the lowest-scoring NFL tie since overtime was introduced in 1974. The Cardinals were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15 after a loss to the New Orleans Saints. Despite winning their final two games, the Cardinals ended the season with a losing record at 7–8–1. Because the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series, their first title in 108 years, the Cardinals also finished the season with the longest active championship drought in the four major American professional sports, with their last championship in 1947 as the Chicago Cardinals.

Free agents[edit | edit source]

Position Player Tag 2016 Team Notes
WR Jaron Brown RFA ARI one-year deal
TE Jermaine Gresham UFA ARI one-year deal
TE Darren Fells UFA ARI one-year deal
TE Ifeanyi Momah ERFA ARI one-year deal
QB Drew Stanton UFA ARI two-year deal
RB Chris Johnson RFA ARI one-year deal
P Drew Butler UFA ARI two-year deal
LS Mike Leach UFA --- retired
G Ted Larsen UFA CHI one-year deal
C Lyle Sendlein UFA --- retired
T Bobby Massie UFA CHI three-year deal
T Kelvin Palmer UFA TB one-year deal
T Bradley Sowell UFA SEA one-year deal
S Tony Jefferson RFA ARI one-year deal
S D.J. Swearinger RFA ARI one-year deal
S Rashad Johnson UFA TEN one-year deal
S Chris Clemons UFA ARI one-year deal
CB Jerraud Powers UFA BAL one-year deal
CB Corey White UFA BUF one-year deal
DE Billy Winn RFA DEN one-year deal
ILB Sean Weatherspoon UFA ATL one-year deal
ILB Kenny Demens ERFA ARI one-year deal
OLB LaMarr Woodley UFA TBA
OLB Dwight Freeney UFA ATL one-year deal
DE Josh Mauro ERFA ARI one-year deal
DE Red Bryant UFA ARI one-year deal
Player re-signed by the Cardinals

Draft[edit | edit source]

2016 Arizona Cardinals Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 29 Robert Nkemdiche DE Ole Miss
3 92 Brandon Williams CB Texas A&M
4 128 Evan Boehm C Missouri
5 167 Marqui Christian S Midwestern State
5 170 Cole Toner OT Harvard
6 205 Harlan Miller CB Southeastern Louisiana

Notes

  • The Cardinals traded their second-round selection (No. 61 overall) and guard Jonathan Cooper to the New England Patriots in exchange for defensive end Chandler Jones.
  • The Cardinals traded a conditional seventh-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Matt Barkley; the Eagles will only receive this selection if Barkley is on the Cardinals' roster for at least six games during the 2015 season.
  • The Cardinals received a sixth-round compensatory pick (No. 170 overall) as the result of a negative differential of free agent signings and departures that the Cardinals experienced during the 2015 free agency period.

Staff[edit | edit source]

2016 Arizona Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit | edit source]

2016 Arizona Cardinals roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 17 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Preseason[edit | edit source]

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Cardinals at training camp

The Cardinals preseason opponents and schedule was announced on April 7, 2016, the opponents being the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 12 Oakland Raiders L 10–31 0–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 August 19 at San Diego Chargers L 3–19 0–2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
3 August 28 at Houston Texans L 24–34 0–3 NRG Stadium Recap
4 September 1 Denver Broncos W 38–17 1–3 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 New England Patriots L 21–23 0–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 September 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 40–7 1–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
3 September 25 at Buffalo Bills L 18–33 1–2 New Era Field Recap
4 October 2 Los Angeles Rams L 13–17 1–3 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
5 October 6 at San Francisco 49ers W 33–21 2–3 Levi's Stadium Recap
6 October 17 New York Jets W 28–3 3–3 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
7 October 23 Seattle Seahawks T 6–6 (OT) 3–3–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
8 October 30 at Carolina Panthers L 20–30 3–4–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
9 Bye
10 November 13 San Francisco 49ers W 23–20 4–4–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
11 November 20 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–30 4–5–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
12 November 27 at Atlanta Falcons L 19–38 4–6–1 Georgia Dome Recap
13 December 4 Washington Redskins W 31–23 5–6–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
14 December 11 at Miami Dolphins L 23–26 5–7–1 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
15 December 18 New Orleans Saints L 41–48 5–8–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at Seattle Seahawks W 34–31 6–8–1 CenturyLink Field Recap
17 January 1 at Los Angeles Rams W 44–6 7–8–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1: vs. New England Patriots[edit | edit source]

Week One: New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 10 0 7 6

23

Cardinals 0 7 7 7

21

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

First quarter

  • NE – Chris Hogan 37-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 7:34. Patriots 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 4:13.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 47-yard field goal, 1:00. Patriots 10–0. Drive: 12 plays, 63 yards, 5:12.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • NE – LeGarrette Blount 8-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 10:00. Patriots 17–7. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:00.
  • ARI – David Johnson 1-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 4:29. Patriots 17–14. Drive: 5 plays, 33 yards, 1:51.

Fourth quarter

  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 53-yard field goal, 12:35. Patriots 20–14. Drive: 11 plays, 40 yards, 6:54.
  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald 1-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 9:46. Cardinals 20–21. Drive: 7 plays, 79 yards, 2:49.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 32-yard field goal, 3:44. Patriots 23–21. Drive: 13 plays, 61 yards, 6:02.

Top passers

  • NE – Jimmy Garoppolo – 24/33, 264 yards, TD
  • ARI – Carson Palmer – 24/37, 271 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • NE – LeGarrette Blount – 22 rushes, 70 yards, TD
  • ARI – David Johnson – 16 rushes, 89 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • NE – Julian Edelman – 7 receptions, 66 yards
  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald – 8 receptions, 81 yards, 2 TD

With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo starting, the Cardinals were huge favorites to win. The game was close, but was lost last minute, with a missed game-winning Cardinals field goal.

Week 2: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit | edit source]

Week Two: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 0 7 0

7

Cardinals 0 24 9 7

40

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald 4-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 14:59. Cardinals 7–0. Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, 5:12.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 22-yard field goal, 11:48. Cardinals 10–0. Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards, 2:21.
  • ARI – Michael Floyd 1-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 1:35. Cardinals 17–0. Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 1:36.
  • ARI – Jaron Brown 51-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 0:26. Cardinals 24–0. Drive: 4 plays, 84 yards, 0:45.

Third quarter

  • TB – Mike Evans 19-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick), 10:06. Cardinals 24–7. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:59.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 40-yard field goal, 8:00. Cardinals 27–7. Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards, 2:05.
  • ARI – Marcus Cooper 60-yard interception return (kick failed, wide left), 5:15. Cardinals 33–7.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Chris Johnson 3-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 12:15. Cardinals 40–7. Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards, 4:47.

Top passers

  • TB – Jameis Winston – 27/52, 243 yards, TD, 4 INT
  • ARI – Carson Palmer – 17/30, 304 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

  • TB – Jacquizz Rodgers – 2 rushes, 29 yards
  • ARI – Chris Johnson – 16 rushes, 54 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • TB – Mike Evans – 6 receptions, 70 yards, TD
  • ARI – David Johnson – 3 receptions, 98 yards

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills[edit | edit source]

Week Three: Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 6 5

18

Bills 10 7 13 3

33

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 19-yard field goal, 3:29. Bills 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 3:51.
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 24-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 0:55. Bills 10–0. Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards, 1:30.

Second quarter

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 5-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 10:25. Bills 17–0. Drive: 6 plays, 52 yards, 2:51.
  • ARI – David Johnson 4-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 1:05. Bills 17–7. Drive: 17 plays, 84 yards, 9:20.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor 20-yard run (kick failed, wide right), 10:31. Bills 23–7. Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 2:49.
  • BUF – Aaron Williams 53-yard fumble return (Dan Carpenter kick), 2:25. Bills 30–7.
  • ARI – David Johnson 22-yard run (pass failed), 0:12. Bills 30–13. Drive: 6 plays, 83 yards, 2:13.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 60-yard field goal, 10:36. Bills 30–16. Drive: 5 plays, 4 yards, 2:19.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 45-yard field goal, 4:48. Bills 33–16. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:42.
  • ARI – LeSean McCoy tackled in the end zone by Corey Peters for a safety, 3:04. Bills 33–18.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 4: vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit | edit source]

Week Four: Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 3 0 7

17

Cardinals 0 10 3 0

13

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 25-yard field goal, 12:19. Rams 7–3. Drive: 12 plays, 68 yards, 4:40.
  • LA – Greg Zuerlein 29-yard field goal, 8:42. Rams 10–3. Drive: 8 plays, 64 yards, 3:37.
  • ARI – Michael Floyd 5-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 0:24. Tied 10–10. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 1:24.

Third quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 21-yard field goal, 0:00. Cardinals 13–10. Drive: 12 plays, 72 yards, 5:05.

Fourth quarter

  • LA – Brian Quick 4-yard pass from Case Keenum (Greg Zuerlein kick), 2:36. Rams 17–13. Drive: 5 plays, 19 yards, 2:33.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers[edit | edit source]

Week Five: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 14 12

33

49ers 0 7 7 7

21

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • ARI – David Johnson 4-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 12:45. Cardinals 14–7. Drive: 4 plays, 14 yards, 2:10.
  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald 29-yard pass from Drew Stanton (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 7:35. Cardinals 21–7. Drive: 6 plays, 71 yards, 3:19.
  • SF – Carlos Hyde 1-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), 1:54. Cardinals 21–14. Drive: 11 plays, 82 yards, 5:41.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 36-yard field goal, 13:39. Cardinals 24–14. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 1:16.
  • ARI – David Johnson 2-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 4:44. Cardinals 31–14. Drive: 12 plays, 76 yards, 7:12.
  • SF – Blaine Gabbert 1-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), 1:52. Cardinals 31–21. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 2:52.
  • ARI – Blaine Gabbert sacked in the end zone by Calais Campbell for a safety, 1:17. Cardinals 33–21.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 6: vs. New York Jets[edit | edit source]

Week Six: New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 0 0

3

Cardinals 7 7 7 7

28

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NYJ – Nick Folk 39-yard field goal, 12:06. Cardinals 7–3. Drive: 7 plays, 58 yards, 3:11.
  • ARI – David Johnson 2-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 6:43. Cardinals 14–3. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:23.

Third quarter

  • ARI – David Johnson 2-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 5:24. Cardinals 21–3. Drive: 14 plays, 68 yards, 7:37.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Michael Floyd 9-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 8:20. Cardinals 28–3. Drive: 14 plays, 89 yards, 7:26.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit | edit source]

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 0 3

6

Cardinals 0 3 0 0

6

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 65,089
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 46-yard field goal, 3:11. Cardinals 3–0. Drive: 15 plays, 53 yards, 8:24.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 40-yard field goal, 4:00. Tied 3–3. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 0:33.

Overtime

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 45-yard field goal, 11:23. Cardinals 6–3. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 3:37.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 36-yard field goal, 6:42. Tied 6–6. Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 4:41.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Cardinals placekicker Chandler Catanzaro and Seahawks placekicker Steven Hauschka each miss game winning field goals as the game finishes in a 6-6 tie and the Cardinals earn their first tie since the 1986 season.

Week 8: at Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

Week Eight: Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 7 6

20

Panthers 14 10 6 0

30

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Game weather: 85 °F (29 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 74,088
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • CAR – Thomas Davis 46-yard fumble return (Graham Gano kick), 11:48. Panthers 7–0.
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 2-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 2:24. Panthers 14–0. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:54.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 1-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 11:05. Panthers 21–0. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:40.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 43-yard field goal, 2:45. Panthers 24–0. Drive: 13 plays, 35 yards, 6:31.
  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 5-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 0:20. Panthers 24–7. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 2:25.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 52-yard field goal, 11:56. Panthers 27–7. Drive: 8 plays, 41 yards, 3:04.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 21-yard field goal, 7:18. Panthers 30–7. Drive: 9 plays, 55 yards, 3:07.
  • ARI – John Brown 17-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 1:45. Panthers 30–14. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:33.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 4-yard pass from Carson Palmer (pass failed), 5:01. Panthers 30–20. Drive: 14 plays, 92 yards, 4:49.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • ARI – David Johnson – 7 receptions, 84 yards
  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin – 2 receptions, 73 yards

In a rematch of the NFC championship, the Panthers led by as much as 24 points until Arizona ended the game by cutting the lead to 10.

Week 10: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit | edit source]

Week Ten: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 3 7

20

Cardinals 7 13 0 3

23

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – David Johnson 18-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 14:42. Cardinals 14–0. Drive: 1 play, 56 yards, 0:18.
  • SF – Jeremy Kerley 17-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (Phil Dawson kick), 12:12. Cardinals 14–7. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:30.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 39-yard field goal, 8:28. Cardinals 17–7. Drive: 8 plays, 54 yards, 3:44.
  • SF – Phil Dawson 49-yard field goal, 1:32. Cardinals 17–10. Drive: 15 plays, 56 yards, 6:56.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 19-yard field goal, 0:00. Cardinals 20–10. Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards, 1:32.

Third quarter

  • SF – Phil Dawson 53-yard field goal, 8:40. Cardinals 20–13. Drive: 5 plays, 45 yards, 2:16.

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Colin Kaepernick 4-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), 1:55. Tied 20–20. Drive: 7 plays, 57 yards, 1:18.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 34-yard field goal, 0:00. Cardinals 23–20. Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 1:55.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF – Colin Kaepernick – 10 rushes, 55 yards, TD
  • ARI – David Johnson – 19 rushes, 55 yards, TD

Top receivers

Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings[edit | edit source]

Week Eleven: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 10 0 7

24

Vikings 7 13 10 0

30

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 34-yard field goal, 10:04. Cardinals 10–7. Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 6:26.
  • MIN – Matt Asiata 2-yard run (kick blocked), 7:16. Vikings 13–10. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:48.
  • MIN – Xavier Rhodes 100-yard interception return (Kai Forbath kick), 3:07. Vikings 20–10.
  • ARI – Jermaine Gresham 29-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 0:50. Vikings 20–17. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:17.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Cordarrelle Patterson 104-yard kickoff return (Kai Forbath kick), 14:47. Vikings 27–17.
  • MIN – Kai Forbath 27-yard field goal, 0:04. Vikings 30–17. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:06.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – David Johnson 4-yard pass (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 7:24. Vikings 30–24. Drive: 6 plays, 27 yards, 1:46.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons[edit | edit source]

Week Twelve: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 6 0 6

19

Falcons 7 10 7 14

38

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 25-yard field goal, 12:52. Cardinals 10–7. Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards, 5:46.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 45-yard field goal, 8:30. Tied 10–10. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 4:22.
  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel 35-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 2:19. Falcons 17–10. Drive: 2 plays, 45 yards, 0:51.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 54-yard field goal, 0:00. Falcons 17–13. Drive: 4 plays, 27 yards, 0:25.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 2-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 2:56. Falcons 24–13. Drive: 13 plays, 77 yards, 6:05.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel 25-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 8:48. Falcons 31–13. Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 5:29.
  • ARI – David Johnson 3-yard pass from Carson Palmer (pass failed), 4:44. Falcons 31–19. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 4:04.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 5-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 2:07. Falcons 38–19. Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, 2:37.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • ARI – David Johnson – 8 receptions, 103 yards, TD
  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel – 4 receptions, 75 yards, 2 TD

Week 13: vs. Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]

Week Thirteen: Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 6 14 3

23

Cardinals 7 3 7 14

31

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 47-yard field goal, 9:48. Cardinals 7–3. Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards, 3:33.
  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 20-yard field goal, 1:52. Cardinals 7–6. Drive: 11 plays, 47 yards, 5:26.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 28-yard field goal, 0:07. Cardinals 10–6. Drive: 12 plays, 65 yards, 1:45.

Third quarter

  • WAS – Kirk Cousins 1-yard run (Dustin Hopkins kick), 12:36. Redskins 13–10. Drive: 5 plays, 74 yards, 2:24.
  • ARI – Michael Floyd 6-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 4:10. Cardinals 17–13. Drive: 3 plays, 10 yards, 0:51.
  • WAS – Jamison Crowder 26-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick), 1:06. Redskins 20–17. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:04.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – David Johnson 25-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 11:09. Cardinals 24–20. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:57.
  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 53-yard field goal, 6:01. Cardinals 24–23. Drive: 10 plays, 40 yards, 5:08.
  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 42-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 1:56. Cardinals 31–23. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:05.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • WAS – Pierre Garçon – 7 receptions, 78 yards
  • ARI – David Johnson – 9 receptions, 91 yards, TD

Week 14: at Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]

Week Fourteen: Arizona Cardinals at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 6 3 0 14

23

Dolphins 7 7 7 5

26

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. MST
  • Game weather: 77 °F (25 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,750
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIA – Dion Sims 7-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 11:41. Dolphins 14–6. Drive: 5 plays, 43 yards, 2:55.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 56-yard field goal, 1:18. Dolphins 14–9. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 0:21.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Damien Williams 3-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 11:17. Dolphins 21–9. Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards, 3:43.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Brittan Golden 9-yard pass from Carson Palmer, 7:05. Dolphins 21–15. Drive: 12 plays, 99 yards, 6:43.
  • MIA – Walt Aikens defensive two-point conversion, 7:05. Dolphins 23–15.
  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 8-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Carson Palmer–David Johnson pass), 3:01. Tied 23–23. Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards, 2:13.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 21-yard field goal, 0:00. Dolphins 26–23. Drive: 6 plays, 44 yards, 1:29.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 15: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]

Week Fifteen: New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 14 3 21

48

Cardinals 7 13 7 14

41

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), sunny - retractable roof open
  • Game attendance: 65,072
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • ARI – Kerwynn Williams 49-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 12:27. Cardinals 7–0. Drive: 6 plays, 78 yards, 2:33.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 37-yard field goal, 5:27. Cardinals 7–3. Drive: 14 plays, 56 yards, 7:00.
  • NO – Travaris Cadet 10-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 1:33. Saints 10–7. Drive: 7 plays, 30 yards, 2:59.

Second quarter

  • ARI – Calais Campbell 53-yard fumble return (kick failed, wide left), 7:08. Cardinals 13–10.
  • NO – Brandin Cooks 65-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 6:11. Saints 17–13. Drive: 2 plays, 77 yards, 0:57.
  • NO – Brandin Cooks 45-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 1:51. Saints 24–13. Drive: 5 plays, 62 yards, 1:41.
  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 10-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 0:40. Saints 24–20. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 1:11.

Third quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 39-yard field goal, 6:06. Saints 27–20. Drive: 14 plays, 68 yards, 5:57.
  • ARI – David Johnson 2-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 3:19. Tied 27–27. Drive: 5 plays, 62 yards, 2:47.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Tim Hightower 3-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 12:59. Saints 34–27. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:20.
  • ARI – David Johnson 7-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 8:57. Tied 34–34. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:02.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 4-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 5:33. Saints 41–34. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:24.
  • NO – Tim Hightower 2-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 3:27. Saints 48–34. Drive: 6 plays, 29 yards, 1:46.
  • ARI – John Brown 30-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 2:19. Saints 48–41. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:08.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

With the close loss, the Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Week 16: at Seattle Seahawks[edit | edit source]

Week Sixteen: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 7 0 20

34

Seahawks 0 3 7 21

31

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,050
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 80-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 3:53. Cardinals 14–0. Drive: 3 plays, 91 yards, 1:30.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 27-yard field goal, 0:15. Cardinals 14–3. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 0:17.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – David Johnson 1-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 13:32. Cardinals 21–10. Drive: 9 plays, 61 yards, 4:59.
  • SEA – Doug Baldwin 42-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Russell Wilson–Marcel Reece pass), 8:49. Cardinals 21–18. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:43.
  • ARI – David Johnson 1-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 6:47. Cardinals 28–18. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 2:02.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 42-yard field goal, 4:10. Cardinals 31–18. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:59.
  • SEA – Jimmy Graham 37-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 2:48. Cardinals 31–25. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:22.
  • SEA – Paul Richardson 5-yard pass from Russell Wilson (kick failed, wide left), 1:00. Tied 31–31. Drive: 6 plays, 45 yards, 1:22.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 43-yard field goal, 0:00. Cardinals 34–31. Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards, 1:00.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • ARI – David Johnson – 28 rushes, 95 yards, 3 TD
  • SEA – Russell Wilson – 10 rushes, 36 yards

Top receivers

Week 17: at Los Angeles Rams[edit | edit source]

Week Seventeen: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 13 14 14

44

Rams 0 6 0 0

6

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 80,729
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 32-yard field goal, 10:34. Cardinals 3–0. Drive: 10 plays, 61 yards, 4:26.

Second quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 34-yard field goal, 12:25. Cardinals 6–0. Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards, 2:07.
  • ARI – Jeremy Ross 4-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 7:42. Cardinals 13–0. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:13.
  • LA – Greg Zuerlein 37-yard field goal, 2:34. Cardinals 13–3. Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 5:08.
  • LA – Greg Zuerlein 36-yard field goal, 0:48. Cardinals 13–6. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 1:11.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 47-yard field goal, 0:00. Cardinals 16–6. Drive: 7 plays, 46 yards, 0:48.

Third quarter

  • ARI – Darren Fells 37-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 13:11. Cardinals 23–6. Drive: 1 play, 37 yards, 0:09.
  • ARI – Kerwynn Williams 1-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 8:17. Cardinals 30–6. Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards, 3:27.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald 5-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 11:35. Cardinals 37–6. Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards, 1:48.
  • ARI – Justin Bethel 66-yard interception return (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 8:06. Cardinals 44–6.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • ARI – J. J. Nelson – 4 receptions, 75 yards
  • LA – Todd Gurley – 4 receptions, 37 yards

Despite losing running back David Johnson to a knee injury in the first quarter, Arizona still managed to blow out the Rams, 44-6 to finish the year at 7-8-1.

Standings[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

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