Rams get to .500 with 19-6 win over Cardinals

Posted Dec. 05, 2010 @ 8:14 p.m.
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By Bob Baum, AP Sports Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz.(AP) — The Rams didn't need a great offensive performance to end their eight-game losing streak to Arizona.

Not against a Cardinals team that can't muster a touchdown.

Steven Jackson rushed for 102 yards, including 27 on the game's lone TD, and St. Louis sent Arizona to its seventh loss in a row 19-6 on Sunday.

The Rams (6-6) won consecutive road games for the first time since Nov. 18, 2007, and remained in a first-place tie with Seattle in the weak NFC West.

Josh Brown kicked four field goals for St. Louis.

Rookie quarterback John Skelton made his NFL debut for Arizona (3-9) in the fourth quarter after Derek Anderson was benched and backup Max Hall went out with a shoulder injury.

The Cardinals didn't score a touchdown for the second game in a row and have just one in their last three contests - on the final play of a 31-13 loss at Kansas City.

St. Louis scored 19 consecutive points after Jay Feely's first-quarter field goals of 45 and 41 yards put Arizona up 6-0.

Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford passed for 187 yards and threw just his second interception in the last seven games.

Arizona's Tim Hightower gained 81 yards in 15 carries, but had just 14 yards in six attempts in the second half. Anderson completed seven of 20 passes for 93 yards with one interception.

Brown's field goals of 28 and 52 yards tied it at 6, and the Cardinals had third-and-10 at the St. Louis 31 when Anderson's pass over the middle went right into the arms of safety Craig Dahl. He returned the interception 23 yards to the Rams 33. St. Louis drove to the Arizona 2, but the Cardinals, whose red-zone defense has been one of the few bright spots for the team, held the Rams out.

Brown's 20-yard field goal with 4 seconds left put the Rams up 9-6 at the half.

St. Louis went 85 yards in 10 plays in the third quarter for the game's lone TD. The Rams went without a huddle and Jackson broke free down the sidelines for the 27-yard score that made it 16-6.

The drive came after Kerry Rhodes intercepted Bradford's pass at the Rams 46 but Arizona, as has almost always been the case this season, couldn't take advantage.

Anderson was benched after his first four passes of the second half were incomplete. But Hall came on and was sacked, then was intercepted by Bradley Fletcher to set up Brown's 43-yared field goal that made it 19-6.

Arizona had minus-7 yards in nine plays in the third quarter, with Anderson and Hall going a combined 0 of 6.

Hall was hurt when he fumbled and recovered the ball. That brought on the strong-armed Skelton, a 6-foot-6 fifth-round draft pick out of Fordham. Skelton completed passes on a pair of third-and-long situations for the only signs of life for the Arizona offense in the second half.

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