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Week 14 Rewind: Monday Night Missed Opportunity
Looking back at the Cardinals' game against the Los Angeles Rams
By Zach Galia Dec 16, 2021
Photographs By Derrick Spencer

When the lights are the brightest, it sure makes the game feel like it means more than your typical game. Yes, a playoff berth – the first one since 2015 – could've been locked up. Yes, the Cardinals could've gone another game up on the Rams in the NFC West. However, after a tough loss on Monday Night Football, the Cardinals (10-3) still find themselves on top of the NFC West and with a playoff berth on the horizon. Any loss is hard, especially one to the team chasing you in the division, but it's about perspective.

"We lost, and obviously everybody wanted to win," said Kyler Murray. "It was a big game for us. But I'm not discouraged by what happened."

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With the result on Monday Night Football, the Cardinals dropped to the No. 3 seed in the NFC after being leapfrogged by the Packers (10-3) and Buccaneers (10-3). However, one loss does not change the fact that the Cards are still in a great position to play meaningful football once the regular season closes.

"We just want to improve every week," said coach Kliff Kingsbury. "And make sure if we get in, we are playing our best football."

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There were some bright spots under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. A.J. Green reeled in seven catches for 102 yards, while becoming one of five active players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards.

James Conner also continued his torrid pace, racking up 125 yards from scrimmage and two more touchdowns bringing his season total to 16. Conner has at least one touchdown in seven consecutive games, tying the franchise record set by John David Crow in 1959-60.

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While stats and milestones are worth celebrating, the team's mind is on something much bigger.

"Everything is in front of us right now. This was a big-time football game against a great team, and they got the best of us tonight," Murray said. "But I know the guys in the locker room. We'll be back for sure."

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The Cards travel to Detroit to take on the Lions in an attempt to get back on track as the regular season winds down. The mindset, however, has never changed.

1-0 every day.

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