The 5: Arizona Cardinals’ most recent Monday Night Football matchups
A Wild Card NFC West divisional matchup on Monday Night Football, the perfect finish to the first week of NFL playoffs.
The Arizona Cardinals get a familiar foe in the Los Angeles Rams for the third time this season, splitting the previous meetings.
Arizona is no stranger to the bright lights of Monday Night Football, having played the Rams as recently as Week 14.
Here’s a look at the Cardinals’ five most recent Monday Night Football appearances:
Dec. 13, 2021 – Rams 30, Cardinals 23
The Cardinals had high hopes after dismantling Los Angeles 37-20 on the road in Week 4. Arizona was riding a 10-2 record and controlled its own destiny for the division crown, however the 8-4 Rams saw a chance to regain ground in the race and took home a 30-23 win.
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns while outplaying Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray who threw for 383 yards but no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Arizona took a tie ball game into half but did not have an answer for Rams receiver Cooper Kupp who finished with 13 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinals offense, which kept the Los Angeles defense guessing in the first victory, could not get much going in the run game behind 42 combined rushing yards from running back James Conner and wide receiver Rondale Moore. Conner did finish with two rushing touchdowns, both from the 1-yard-line.
Arizona had a chance to tie it after recovering an onside kick in the fourth quarter but could not convert after a sack from All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald ran the clock out.
Receiver A.J. Green had one of his best games as a Cardinal, hauling in seven catches for 102 yards while safety Jalen Thompson led the team with nine tackles.
Oct. 19, 2020 – Cardinals 38, Cowboys 10
The Cardinals and their fans had been deprived from a Monday night game since 2017.
That all changed in 2020, however, with the Cardinals taking on Cowboys in Dallas. It was a joyous one for Arizona fans, who watched as their team moved to 4-2 with a 38-10 victory.
It was an absolute blood bath from the start, with quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver Christian Kirk leading the way offensively.
While he completed just nine of his 24 passing attempts, Murray found Kirk on two occasions for touchdowns, one being an 80-yard bomb.
The signal caller also got it done with his feet, chipping in 74 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Handling the bulk of the carries that day was running back Kenyan Drake, who paced all backs with 164 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
Defensively, safety Budda Baker and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick got the better of Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton, each recording an interception in the win. Adding to the chaos was linebacker Haason Reddick, who turned in a two-sack day. Baker also registered a sack.
9/25/17 – Cowboys 28, Cardinals 17
The Cardinals’ fourth straight year on MNF came against the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.
Unlike the last three appearances, the Cardinals were on the losing end in this one, falling 28-17 at home. The loss moved the team to 1-2 on the season.
Despite Larry Fitzgerald’s big night of 13 catches for 149 yards and a score, Arizona couldn’t match Dallas’ balanced attack.
The duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott proved too much for the Cardinals defense. Prescott finished the evening with 183 yards and two touchdowns on 13-of-18 passing, while Elliott contributed 80 yards and a score on 22 carries.
Palmer held the advantage over Prescott, recording 325 yards and two touchdowns, but the Cardinals’ running game lacked mightily with Andre Ellington’s 22 yards being the team high.
Brice Butler, who was a member of the Cardinals for a handful of months in the 2018 offseason, caught two passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona safety Tyvon Branch turned in 12 tackles in the loss, while linebacker Chandler Jones recorded a sack.
10/17/16 – Cardinals 28, New York Jets 3
Monday Night Football was the David Johnson Show for an October night in 2016.
Earning back-to-back wins to get back to .500, the Cardinals knocked off the New York Jets 28-3 behind the legs of Johnson.
The running back torched the opposition for 111 yards and three scores, including a 58-yard scamper, on 22 carries (5.0 yards per attempt). He also added 27 more yards on three catches.
It was an impressive showing for Johnson, who faced a Jets defense that was second in the NFL in rushing yards per game allowed.
Adding to the scoring was Palmer, who connected with Floyd for a touchdown. Palmer finished with 213 yards on 23-of-34 passing to go along with the score.
It was a rough night for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets, who turned to Geno Smith in the third quarter after a dismal offensive showing. It didn’t help, as Mathieu intercepted Smith during his lone series at QB. Arizona safety D.J. Swearinger also came down with a pick in the victory.
10/26/15 – Cardinals 26, Baltimore Ravens 18
The Cardinals wouldn’t have wait long for their next MNF matchup, playing a season later against the Baltimore Ravens.
The tilt marked the third straight home Monday Night Football appearance for the Cardinals. They didn’t squander the opportunity on the national stage, either.
The 4-2 Cardinals leaned on both running back Chris Johnson and Palmer in the 26-18 victory.
Johnson literally rolled over the competition, recording 122 yards and a score, while Palmer added 275 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-29 passing.
Chris Johnson is a savage ! pic.twitter.com/hgU6FE3eJp
— AJ (@ajmcallen13) October 27, 2015
But the win didn’t come without some drama.
Arizona was cruising with a 26-10 lead until a blocked punt led to a Ravens score and two-point conversion with 4:26 remaining.
After getting the ball back, quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens managed to drive down to Arizona’s 4-yard line with seconds remaining.
But just as Baltimore looked to have pulled off the comeback, Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson came down with the game-saving INT in the end zone.