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November 29, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) celebrates after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi


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It wasn’t pretty, but the Arizona Cardinals don’t care. Road divisional games aren’t meant to be easy, even if it is against the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals keep rolling and improve to 9-2 on the year, a step closer to the NFC West crown and a first-round playoff bye.

Carson Palmer didn’t throw a touchdown, but he ran one in and celebrated with one of the worst spikes you’ll ever see. For a moment, Cardinals fans were holding their breath as Palmer looked slow to get up. After the bad luck this team has suffered in recent years, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Palmer get hurt while celebrating a score.

What was concerning was the injuries to Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington. The severity is unknown, and rookie David Johnson could see an increased role if the duo are forced to miss any time. Johnson scored an important touchdown.

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