NFL Game Summary - Arizona at St. Louis|
(Sunday, September 8th)
Final Score: St. Louis 27, Arizona 24
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Sam Bradford threw for 299 yards, Jared Cook
had a monster debut and Greg Zuerlein's fourth field goal of the day lifted
the St. Louis Rams over the Arizona Cardinals, 27-24, in a Week 1 matchup
between division rivals.
Cook caught both of Bradford's touchdown passes, amassing 141 yards on seven
catches, with his last reception going for 25 yards and helping to set up
Zuerlein's go-ahead 48-yard field goal.
Bradford completed 27-of-38 throws and bounced back from a third quarter
interception to lead the Rams (1-0) to scores on three of their last four
series to cap a comeback victory.
"For a young team to endure some of the things we did today, I'm so proud of
the guys. No one ever lost their cool," said Bradford.
Larry Fitzgerald enjoyed the presence of a capable quarterback, as the All-Pro
receiver hauled in a pair of Carson Palmer TD passes among his eight
receptions, totaling 80 yards.
Palmer, making his debut with the Cardinals (0-1), completed 26-of-40 throws
for 327 yards, but had an interception and a crucial fumble to spoil Bruce
Arians' first game at the coaching helm for Arizona.
"Obviously, late in the ballgame we've got to make plays on third down, then
keep drives alive to win the game," Arians said.
The Rams were trailing by double digits after three quarters, but Bradford had
them driving and hit Cook for a 36-yard completion prior to the end of the
third. Brian Quick later added a 16-yard reception to put the Rams on the
Arizona 1, and Bradford sold a beautiful play-action to hit a wide open Cook
in the end zone. The Rams were then within 24-21 after Bradford picked up the
two-point conversion on a quarterback keeper.
Robert Quinn recorded his third sack and forced his second fumble for St.
Louis on Arizona's ensuing possession, with the end stripping Palmer of the
football on the Cardinals' 22-yard line. The Rams recovered and four plays
later, Zuerlein kicked a 38-yard field goal to knot the score with
9:06 left to play in regulation.
The Cardinals came up empty on their last two possessions, blowing an 11-
point lead they had created in the third on Dan Williams' interception return
of a deflected Bradford pass and Palmer's 24-yard touchdown strike to
Cook signed with the Rams this past offseason and looked like he was going to
make an immediate impact on the score. On the Rams' second possession,
he made a catch over the middle and sprinted 47 yards down the field. He
looked almost certain to score, but rookie Tyrann Mathieu punched the ball out
of his hands from behind and Karlos Dansby dove on it in the end zone for a
The Cardinals were able to capitalize on the turnover, as Palmer and Michael
Floyd hooked up for a 44-yard completion to put them on the St. Louis 4 on the
initial down of the second quarter. Two plays later, Palmer flipped a four-
yard pass to Fitzgerald for a 7-0 lead.
The Rams got a 36-yard field goal from Zeurlein on the ensuing possession, set
up by a 38-yard pass interference penalty on Mathieu, but the Cardinals
countered with one of their own as Jay Feely booted a 30-yarder through to
make it 10-3.
St. Louis was able to draw even with 26 second remaining in the half, driving
80 yards down the field in just under five minutes. Cook atoned for his
earlier mistake, catching a short pass near the sideline and diving into the
corner of the end zone for a 13-yard score.
Palmer got Arizona in field goal range with five seconds left after completing
three long throws, but Feely's 50-yard try sailed wide right as the first half
Palmer was then intercepted by Trumaine Johnson on the Cardinals' first series
of the second half, and after the Rams took over on the Arizona 4 following a
29-yard return, Zeurlein booted a 25-yard kick through the uprights for a
13-10 St. Louis advantage.
St. Louis has beaten the Cardinals three straight times, but Arizona holds a
15-12 edge in the series since the Rams relocated from Los Angeles prior to
the 1995 season ... Andre Roberts made eight catches for Arizona for 97 yards
... Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries in his debut with the
Cardinals ... Daryl Richardson ran for 63 yards on 20 attempts for St. Louis.
09/09 01:48:27 ET