Safety Adrian Wilson comes up smiling after his sack of Rams quarterback Keith Null in Sunday's 31-10 win, putting him in the NFL's 20-20 club.
Adrian Wilson couldn't hide his joy Sunday, smiling widely has he came off the field, and then again when accepting a hug from Hall of Fame Cardinals safety Larry Wilson in the locker room.
The Cardinals' Pro Bowl strong safety finally achieved the 20-20 club in Sunday's 31-10 win over the Rams – getting a sack with two minutes left in the game to edge his career total to 20½, to pair with his 23 interceptions – to become the 10th man in NFL history to reach that level.
His legacy as a Card has always been important. But speaking about himself isn't his style, and it wasn't again afterward.
"It was a career goal for me when I first came into the league, but I am happy to get it with this particular group of men," Wilson said. "To me it's not an individual goal, it's a team goal."
Wilson was given the ball Rams quarterback Keith Null was holding when Wilson brought him down.
"I'll find somewhere to put it," Wilson quipped.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt not only complemented Wilson for the accomplishment but added "you like seeing how excited out team was when he got the sack."
Added safety Antrel Rolle, "We all play for each other out there. We knew he was a half-sack away. Coach made the call, trying to get the sack, and I knew he would get it. We just wanted to cover it up in the backfield and give him a chance to get there."
Wilson said the moment is tangible proof of the core of the Cardinals who have been around for six or seven years, enduring some difficult times. He compared it to when Anquan Boldin set the franchise record for receptions earlier this season, and "it speaks a lot for the group of men (general manager) Rod (Graves) put together, that (president) Michael Bidwill put together."
And it speaks to the career Wilson has fashioned.
"It's hard to get a sack and it's hard to get a pick so it's hard to pick one or the other," Wilson said. "I am just happy because there are some guys in that (20-20) group who have been getting it done for a long time. I am just happy to get there."
DOUCET'S FIRST, WARNER'S 100th
Quarterback Kurt Warner threw his 100th touchdown pass as a Cardinal Sunday, and his 18-yard score went to wide receiver Early Doucet – and it just happened to be Doucet's first NFL score.
Warner was excited to have achieved the total for two different teams, having already thrown for that many when he played in St. Louis. Fran Tarkenton, who did it with the Vikings and Giants, is the only other NFL quarterback to ever accomplish the feat.
"I think it has huge significance in my career and what my career is all about," Warner said.
Doucet will end up keeping the ball, however.
"It gives the coaches, the quarterbacks and everyone that comfort level with me being able to make plays," Doucet said. "It boosts my confidence level."
Doucet also made a Boldin-esque move on a screen, picking up 25 yards on a beautiful move that helped set up a Cards' touchdown drive.
STEVEN JACKSON OUT
The Rams didn't have Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson, who was forced to sit out because of back problems. Without the man who really has been their lone consistent offensive weapon, St. Louis struggled to move the ball.
"I'm not going to say we weren't worried about him, but we knew coming in they were a running team anyway, regardless of who they lined up," Wilson said. "To have him not in there, we were able to keep things pretty much basic and not show a lot of things for our playoff run."
Jackson, who has been playing with a herniated disc, tried to go in warm-ups but said he couldn't get loose.
"You don't ever want to do something to compromise the team," Jackson said. "I didn't want to take the team hostage and play for selfish reasons."
KREIDER SITS, FITZGERALD OK
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald left the field late with a left elbow contusion but insisted afterward he will be fine. Cornerback Greg Toler also sprained his left elbow late, but he too said he was OK after he was told it wasn't broken.
Fullback Dan Krieder was a surprise inactive after he woke up Sunday morning with a stiff neck. "At this particular time where we are, it's better to be safe than sorry with that situation," Whisenhunt said.
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said earlier in the week his goal this season was to get to seven interceptions, and after getting two in Detroit, he came down with another Sunday.
He might have had a second, but that went to Toler, who was in the game only because Rodgers-Cromartie had taken himself out. It was the rookie's first career interception.
"I told him thank you," Toler said. "He told me to get in and get my shot, so I just wanted to capitalize on the opportunity."
"As the game got on, I think guys tend to start playing for that pick," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "You could see the pressure was getting to him, and you're kind of itching for the opportunity."
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