(Sunday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Arizona 21, St. Louis 13
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Kurt Warner threw for a pair of touchdowns before the leaving the game late in the second quarter, as the Arizona Cardinals continued their strong play on the road with a 21-13 win over the lowly St. Louis Rams.
Warner completed 15-of-19 passes for 203 yards before exiting after taking a blow to the head. Matt Leinart took over and connected on 10-of-14 passes for 74 yards for the Cardinals (7-3), who have started the season with five straight road wins for the first time since 1948.
Beanie Wells rushed for a score and 74 yards on 14 carries for Arizona, which has won three in a row overall. Tim Hightower rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries.
Anquan Boldin caught eight passes for 103 yards and a TD, while Larry Fitzgerald hauled in eight passes for 87 yards and a score for the victors.
"Obviously, I am very pleased to get a win today. Obviously, we didn't finish it off the way we would have liked to in the second half, but we did finish and that is what is important. We had a couple of big third downs that we made offensively, and our defense did a great job," said Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Steven Jackson carried the ball 24 times for 116 yards and a score for the Rams (1-9), who have lost two in a row since beating the Lions for their lone win this season. Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth straight season, becoming the first back in team history to accomplish the feat.
Marc Bulger completed 19-of-37 passes for 215 yards and an interception. Donnie Avery hauled in four passes for 65 yards for St. Louis, which hasn't won at home since Week 7 of last season -- a 34-14 win over Dallas.
"I just felt like it's disappointing to lose, especially another close game there where we're knocking on the door. I am proud of one thing is the way they came out in the second half that I know is a good thing. They were fiery in the locker room at halftime. They were determined to do something when we were down 21-3. We knew we didn't play a good second quarter, that's where it kind of got away from us. And then just didn't have enough in the second half to get it done," said Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo.
Down 21-6, St. Louis forced a fumble on Arizona's first possession of the fourth quarter. David Vobora caused Anthony Becht to fumble the ball at the Cardinals' 44, and James Butler was there for the recovery.
The Rams converted on three fourth downs before Jackson plunged into the end zone from one-yard out. A nice 25-yard grab by Danny Amendola on 4th-and-11 put the Rams at the one, setting up the score that cut the gap to 21-13 with 7:08 remaining.
After forcing a three-and-out, St. Louis took over at its own 34 and marched down the field to set up a 3rd-and-4 from the Cardinals' seven. Brandon Gibson dropped a catchable ball in the end zone before Bulger's fourth-down pass to Avery fell incomplete.
Arizona took over on downs with 3:42 to play before punting back to the Rams with 1:01 left on the clock and no timeouts. Bulger was sacked on first down and the Rams wound up with negative yardage on their final possession.
Warner fumbled the ball on the third play of the game and the Rams took over at the Arizona 25. St. Louis couldn't do anything on offense and had to settle for a 40-yard Josh Brown field goal.
Following a series of punts, the Cardinals scored a touchdown on a six-play, 87-yard drive. Hightower's 50-yard run helped set up Boldin's five-yard TD catch for a 7-3 lead with 2:28 remaining.
Arizona then bridged the first and second periods with a nine-play, 90-yard scoring drive. Warner found Fitzgerald in the end zone with an 11-yard pass to put the Cardinals ahead 14-3 with 11:48 to go until halftime.
St. Louis found some rhythm on offense during its next possession, but failed to convert on 4th-and-1 from the Arizona 22. The Cardinals went 78 yards the other way and made it a 21-3 game when Wells rumbled into the end zone from a yard out with 2:23 left.
During the drive, Warner took a hard hit from St. Louis safety O.J. Atogwe on a blitz and did not return.
The Rams scored the only points of the third frame. A 48-yard run by Jackson helped set up a 20-yard Brown field goal to cut the deficit to 21-6 with just 13 seconds left.
Gibson caught five passes for 61 yards...The Rams won an astounding 37 regular-season games, as well as a Super Bowl title, and made the playoffs in each of Warner's three seasons as the team's starting signal-caller from 1999-2001...St. Louis has lost 11 consecutive times to NFC West opponents...The Rams hold a 30-29-2 lead in the all-time series with the Cardinals, but have lost six straight in the series since scoring a 16-14 win at Arizona during the 2006 season. The Cardinals swept last year's home-and- home for a second consecutive season...The Rams welcome Seattle to town next Sunday, while the Cardinals travel to Tennessee.
11/22 21:10:57 ET
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