Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cardinals' Defensive Stand Denies Vikings

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cardinals' Defensive Stand Denies Vikings

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Dwight Freeney stripped the ball from Teddy Bridgewater with 5 seconds to play to deprive Minnesota of a chance at a tying field goal and the Arizona Cardinals clinched a playoff berth with a 23-20 victory Thursday night against the Vikings.

Bridgewater moved the Vikings to the 31, well within the range of Blair Walsh. But Freeney hit the quarterback's arm as Bridgewater tried to pass.

The ball came loose, and Calais Campbell recovered for the Cardinals.

Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 47-yard field goal with 1:23 left for the winning score as Arizona (11-2) won its seventh in a row.

Bridgewater passed for 335 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (8-5), who were playing without four defensive starters.

Carson Palmer threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals. …

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