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Week 13 Rewind: The First To 10
Looking back at the Cardinals' win against the Chicago Bears
By Zach Galia Dec 08, 2021
Photographs By Derrick Spencer

Chicago will always hold a special place in our hearts. The Cardinals history began in 1898 when the team was founded in Chicago as the Morgan Athletic Club, and Sunday was the continuation of the oldest rivalry in football. The game was played just over 101 years after the initial meeting of the Cardinals and Bears (or as they were called in those days, the Racine Cardinals and Decatur Staleys).

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With all that history in mind, it was only fitting that the team played an old school type of game in what Markus Golden called, "football weather". The conditions were sloppy, but the performance of the defense was anything but, forcing four turnovers and flipping the field for the offense on countless occasions.

"We knew it would be grimy, windy, wet, and cold," Kliff Kingsbury said. "But I thought our defense played tremendous in creating those takeaways and giving us short fields on offense."

Pregame 1
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Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins made their triumphant returns, with Murray accounting for four scores (two in the air, two on the ground) with one of which ending with a beautiful, toe-tap catch by Hopkins in the end zone. James Conner also added to his touchdown total with a picturesque, one-handed grab that was made for Instagram.

"This is all the hard work we put in," said Kyler Murray. "Now that we're in this position, we have to keep it going."

Game 1
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Budda Baker, Byron Murphy, and Jalen Thompson all had interceptions, but none more memorable than Zach Allen's one-handed pick or his scamper and celebration afterward.

"I have to work on the run after the catch," said Allen. "So, hopefully, we get another chance at that sooner or later."

Game 5
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Game 9
Game 10

The Cards enter their Week 14 matchup vs. the L.A. Rams on Monday Night Football with the best record in the NFL (10-2). The game will be the talk of the NFL this week, with networks, stars and, influencers making their way to the Valley. With all the glitz and glamor this matchup presents, the team's mindset never changes.

"It's not about playing really good football up until this point. It's about continuing to get better and making sure we're playing our best football at the end of the season," linebacker Jordan Hicks said.

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There are a few playoff-clinching scenarios for this week (knock on wood), but the squad is solely focused on the four quarters that will be played at State Farm Stadium on Monday night.

"One at a time. Keep working together, stay together, and follow the plan," owner Michael Bidwill said.

Oh… And make sure you #ProBowlVote whenever possible.

1-0 every day.

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