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               === Efficient Palmer leads Cardinals past Rams ===
 
 Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Carson Palmer completed 27-of-32 passes for
 269  yards and  a touchdown to lead  the Arizona Cardinals to a 30-10 win over
 the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium.
 
 Larry  Fitzgerald  caught 12 passes  for 96 yards  and a touchdown while Andre
 Ellington  and Rashard  Mendenhall  added  one rushing  score  apiece for  the
 Cardinals (8-5), winners in five of their last six games.
 
 "We  were able to move the ball up and down the field pretty well," Fitzgerald
 said.  "We didn't score  as many points as we would have liked to offensively,
 but enough to get a win and that's always great in this league."
 
 John  Abraham, who  had three sacks, passed Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O'Neill
 for ninth on the all-time list with 133.
 
 Arizona  rookie  safety Tyrann Mathieu  was carted off  the field in the third
 quarter  with an  apparent  leg injury.  Mathieu attempted  to  return to  the
 sideline  after  he was tackled awkwardly  fielding a free kick, but collapsed
 in pain.
 
 "It  appears  to be an ACL  (tear), but we  don't know for sure," Arizona head
 coach Bruce Arians said of the injury to Mathieu.
 
 Kellen  Clemens was 16-for-27 passing for 181 yards and two interceptions, and
 Zac  Stacey  added a  rushing score for  the Rams (5-8),  who have dropped two
 straight and five of seven overall.
 
 The  Rams also lost  a rookie to injury as Tavon Austin left the game early in
 the fourth quarter with an apparent right ankle injury. Austin broke a 56-yard
 rush  off an  end around,  but was  injured after  he was  tackled inside  the
 Cardinals' 5-yard line.
 
 The  Cardinals found  the end  zone  on the  opening possession  of the  game.
 Patrick  Peterson took  an end around 12  yards and was hit late out of bounds
 for a 15-yard penalty to bring the ball to the Rams' 23.
 
 After a 15-yard completion to Fitzgerald got the ball down to the Rams' three,
 Mendenhall ran it in for the score.
 
 St.  Louis  responded with a 44-yard  Greg Zuerlein field goal after its drive
 stalled out on the Cardinals 35.
 
 Arizona  added  to its lead right  before the end  of the first half as Palmer
 found Fitzgerald for a 7-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left.
 
 Karlos  Dansby made it  21-3 just 10 seconds into the second half as he picked
 off Clemens at the 23 and took it in for the score.
 
 "I  went to just kind of throw it away and avoid the sack and got kind of spun
 around  a little  bit and the ball  came out not where I wanted it obviously,"
 Clemens said of the pick-six.
 
 Later  in  the third,  Dave Zastudil  pinned the Rams  inside their own 1-yard
 line,  and three  plays later  Abraham brought  Clemens down  in the  end zone
 for a safety.
 
 The  Rams found  the end zone on  the first play of the fourth quarter. Austin
 broke  off his long run, and two plays later, Stacy pounded it across the goal
 line.
 
 Andre  Ellington added a 6-yard TD run with 1:55 left to account for the final
 margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Palmer  completed  77.1 percent  of his passes,  the second highest completion
 percentage   in  franchise  history  ...  Fitzgerald  has  just  one  100-yard
 receiving  game this  season  (Week 6)  ...  Arizona is  1-3  against the  NFC
 West  this  season ... Sunday marked  Arizona's first division win since Sept.
 9, 2012 ... The Cardinals remain one game back of  the San Francisco 49ers for
 the final NFC Wild Card spot ... The Rams will host the Saints next week.
 
 
 12/08 21:08:26 ET