LOS ANGELES -- It’s been 32 years since the Cardinals last had two players record double-digits sacks in the same season.
That changed Sunday.
Outside linebackers Chandler Jones and Markus Golden finished the season with 11 and 12.5 sacks, respectively, giving the Cardinals their first double-digit duo since Al Baker and Curtis Greer did it in 1984.
"It meant a lot," Jones said. "I wasn’t sure about that stat until a reporter asked me during the week and said it hasn’t been done since 1984. That was huge.
"The competitive side of me was saying Markus got 13 and I got 11, but that’s great. I’m so happy for Markus, because he’s come a long way and the sky is the limit for him."
Golden came into Sunday with 10 sacks, waiting for Jones, who had 9.5 at kickoff, to catch up.
But Golden kept adding to his sack total. His first sack came on the Rams' third offensive play. His second came later in the first quarter.
Jones finally joined the sack party in the third quarter. He split a sack with Calais Campbell on the third snap of the second half, giving him 10 for the season. He added a full sack on the Rams' next possession to give him his 11.
Golden secured his total later in the third when he split a sack with defensive tackle Rodney Gunter.
"I can’t say I had a goal, but if you’re a pass-rusher then your goal should be to get 10-plus every year," Golden said. "Especially if you believe in yourself like I do. So I want to get 10-plus every year. I wouldn’t say it’s a goal. It’s just something that I feel like has to happen every year."
Golden just finished his second season and Jones will be a free agent. If the Cardinals can sign Jones to a long-term deal, then he believes the Cardinals will be set at edge rusher for the future. Especially after watching Golden improve from four sacks as a rookie to 12.5 this season.
"He reminds me so much of James Harrison," head coach Bruce Arians said of Golden. "He’s just got a relentless motor. He’s got great strength on the bull rush and he’s got a couple good counter moves now."