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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Running back Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up for the game wtih the St. Louis Rams on December 27, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Coach Ken Whisenhunt challenged the offense to get the running game going. Boy, did they. No one in the long history of the Cardinals franchise has gained more yards in a game than Beanie Wells did in Sunday's 23-20 victory at St. Louis. His 228 yards in 27 attempts broke the franchise mark of 214 in 21 carries set by LeShon Johnson at New Orleans in1996. Then there's Patrick Peterson, who took a punt back 80 yards for a touchdown. That ties an NFL record with four punt returns for scores, and the phenomenal Arizona rookie still has five games to go. He shares the mark with Devin Hester of Chicago (2007), Rick Upchurch of Denver (1976) and Jack Christiansen (1951). In a season where the Cardinals (4-7) have had little to cheer about, Sunday's performances have the team in a positive mood as it plays four of its last five at home, beginning next Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys come to town. Whisenhunt also said he is ''certainly a lot more optimistic'' about finally getting quarte...
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