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Posted Oct. 17, 2010 @ 4:25 p.m. ET

By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — James Hall, Chris Long and Larry Grant had two sacks apiece and the St. Louis Rams stuffed the NFL's top offense in a 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Sam Bradford threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie Danario Alexander, making his NFL debut, to help build a 14-point cushion in the first half. Steven Jackson also scored and had several key late carries for the Rams (3-3), who won their third straight at home for the first time since 2004 after entering the season with a 14-game losing streak.

The Rams dominated on both sides of the ball against the NFL's top-ranked offense and second-ranked defense, one week after getting blown out 44-6 at Detroit. Fans stood much of the fourth quarter, helping to rattle the four-time defending AFC West champions.

San Diego (2-4) lost tight end Antonio Gates with a left ankle injury in the first half.

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