Cardinals' Hayes named NFC's top defender

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Cardinals' defense scored more points than the Rams' offense during Arizona's division-clinching victory over St. Louis in Week 14.

Linebacker Gerald Hayes didn't find the end zone, but he helped the Cardinals get there with two forced fumbles. Darnell Dockett returned one of the fumbles for a touchdown. Teammate Karlos Dansby recovered the other fumble.

The league responded by naming Hayes its defensive player of the week for the NFC. Hayes finished the game with 11 tackles, a half-sack and one tackle for loss.