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Rams vs. Cardinals: Running Blog

Posted by nickwagoner on November 25, 2012 – 8:07 PM


Fourth Quarter

– Three Jackson runs gained 9 yards but not a first and Hekker booted it out of bounds.

– Arizona starts at its 24.

– Another three and out for the defense.

– Jackson picks up 9 on first down to the Rams 36.

– 5 yards the wrong way on a false start penalty on Turner.

– Jackson gains 5 and then 15 to move the chains. I think the man still has it.

– Richardson runs for 5 to Arizona’s 44.

– On third and 6, Bradford found Givens for 22 to Arizona’s 22.

– A penalty and a pair of Jackson runs made it fourth and inches at the 1.

– Fisher opted for a 19-yard field goal from Zuerlein. He converts and the Rams lead it 31-17 with 5:27 to go.

– Arizona starts at its 20.

– Four completions to the Rams 28.

– After a long drive, the Rams closed the deal with a deflection from DE Chris Long into the arms of Laurinaitis for the fourth interception of the day.

– Rams take over at their 26 with 2:49 to go.

– Rams go three and out. Arizona gets it back with 2:28 to go. Cardinals are out of timeouts.

– Cards can’t score, Rams get it done.

– The Rams win it 31-17 and improve to 3-0-1 in the NFC West. First road win as well.

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Third Quarter

– Arizona starts from its 20.

– Two runs pick up 16 to the 36.

– Rams get the stop and get it back at their 8.

– Rams get the drive started right as Jackson breaks off a 46-yard run on first down, his longest of the year.

– Richardson picked up 9 on first down from Arizona’s 46.

– Bradford floated a perfect pass over Arizona CB Justin Bethel and Givens lays out for a beautiful 37-yard catch for a touchdown. Rams go up 21-17 with 9:58 to go in the third.

– Cards start from their 19.

– Lindley hits Roberts for 12 and a first down to the 31.

– After Wells lost 1 on first down, S Craig Dahl gets a gift from Lindley and returns it 38 yards to the Cardinals 12.

– The Rams had a touchdown run from Jackson from the 7 nullified on a hold on Saffold.

– Devastating turn of events from there as Bradford is sacked and Zuerlein missed a 35-yard field goal. Still 21-17 Rams with 5:53 to go.

– Huge miss for the Rams. Zuerlein hasn’t had many opportunities lately but that has to be automatic for him.

– Rams get a three and out. Defense seems to have made some adjustments at halftime.

– Ball back to the Rams at their 28.

– Two runs gained 14 yards but three straight incompletions ended the drive. Hekker punts to Peterson who is brought down at Arizona’s 22.

– On first down, Lindley forced a pass to Fitzgerald and Jenkins jumped it for his second interception and a 39-yard return for his second touchdown of the game.

– Big plays from the rookie CB.

– The extra point made it 28-17 with 2:28 to go in the third.

– Cards take over at their 16 and go three and out. Much better from the defense in the second half.

– Rams have it back at their 24 at the end of the third.

Second Quarter

– On second-and-8 from the 33, CB Janoris Jenkins came off Michael Floyd and jumped a pass for Stephens-Howling and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown to tie it at 7.

– The touchdown is the first of Jenkins’ career. And it’s the first takeaway for the Rams defense since the initial Oct. 4 meeting with the Cardinals.

– Arizona starts anew from its 20.

– Lindley misses Housler on a deep pass on first down.

– Quick three and out for the defense. Very strong start to the quarter for the Rams.

– Rams take over at their 21.

– Three and out for the Rams. A good Hekker punt forces the Cardinals to start from their 35.

– Arizona wasted no time piecing together a drive as Lindley hit Housler for a 28-yard play, Roberts gained 13 on the next play and Wells finished it off with a 12-yard touchdown run.

– Arizona takes a 14-7 lead with 7:52 to go in the half.

– Rams get another possession from their 30.

– Bradford to Givens for 13 on first down.

– An offsides made it first and 5 from the Rams’ 48.

– Illegal motion on Kendricks moved it back where it started.

– After an incompletion, Amendola makes a terrific diving catch for 38 yards and a first down at Arizona’s 19.

– Jackson ran twice for 12 yards and a first down.

– On first and goal at the 7, Bradford threw a pick to Peterson. It’s the second time this season Peterson has killed a Rams drive in the red zone.

– Cardinals take over at their 20.

– Lindley just missed Fitzgerald on first down.

– Three and out for the Rams defense.

– Rams start again from their 29.

– An 18-yard strike to Givens on third down keeps the drive alive and Jackson runs twice for 11 to get a first down at the Cardinals’ 42.

– An illegal substitution penalty gave the Rams 5 more yards. It’s first and 5 at Arizona’s 37 at the two minute warning.

– On the next play, Bradford hits a wide open TE Kendricks for 37 yards and a TD. Kendricks with a strong stiff arm to finish it. His second career TD.

– Rams tie it at 14 with 1:55 to go.

– Nice bounce back by Bradford from the INT and also the big hit he took that cost him a play on that drive.

– Arizona starts from its 23.

– Cardinals convert on third and 2.

– They got another first on a 10-yard completion.

– A 2-yard completion made it second and 8 at the 48.

– Cardinals manage a 32-yard field goal from Feely to end the half with Arizona up 17-14.

– Shockingly poor performance from the defense in the first half.

First Quarter

– Arizona wins the toss and defers. The Rams will receive first.

– They start from their 20.

– After an offsides penalty, Jackson gained 8 for a first down to the 33.

– Two plays later, Bradford hit TE Matthew Mulligan for 15 and a first down.

– Two Jackson runs netted 5 yards but Bradford threw incomplete on third down to end the drive at Arizona’s 46.

– Hekker dropped a solid punt to Arizona’s 9 where Patrick Peterson called for the fair catch.

– The Cardinals start their first drive from their 9.

– Two first downs for Arizona, including a 12-yard pass from Ryan Lindley to Larry Fitzgerald to the 39.

– Lindley followed with an 11-yard strike to WR Andre Roberts to midfield.

– A holding penalty on first down pushed the Cardinals back to their 40.

– An offsides and a 10-yard completion to TE Rob Housler made it second-and-5 at the Rams 45. There, Wells gained 1 but the Cardinals lost 15 on a penalty to make it third-and-18.

– The Rams gave it right back on a penalty by S Quintin Mikell to the Rams 37.

– Lindley finds Fitzgerald for a gain of 13 to the Rams 24.

– Wells picked up 2 on first down.

– Lindley to Roberts for 21 to the Rams’ 1.

– Wells was denied on first down but punched it in on second down for a 1-yard touchdown.

– Arizona takes a quick 7-0 lead with 2:41 to go in the first quarter.

– Rams start again from their 20.

– Second down, Givens takes a tunnel screen from Bradford for 25 to the 45.

– That was all for that drive though as the Rams punted it away again. Cardinals take over at their 31 as Peterson almost busted one the distance.

– At the end of the first, the Cardinals lead 7-0.

Pregame Notes

– Greetings from University of Phoenix Stadium where the Rams and Cardinals are preparing to square off in today’s meeting. We are set for a 3:25 CST kickoff.

– The Rams come in looking to end a five-game winless streak while Arizona is battling a six-game losing streak. So, something has to give in this one.

– In a bit of a surprise, WR Danny Amendola is active and likely to play. The Rams almost certainly wouldn’t keep him active if they didn’t intend to use him but it remains to be seen how extensive his role will be.

– On the bright side, the Rams figure to have the offensive line they envisioned when the season began for the first time since the season opener against Detroit. C Scott Wells will start in the middle with Robert Turner at left guard. That should help a team looking to establish the run today.

– Here’s today’s inactives: LB Mario Haggan, WR Steve Smith, QB Austin Davis, RB Terrance Ganaway, OL Chris Williams, T Joe Barksdale, DT Matt Conrath.

– The Cardinals inactives are QB Kevin Kolb, RB Alphonso Smith, G Senio Kelemete, T Pat McQuistan, WR Early Doucet, TE Todd Heap and DE Calais Campbell.

– Surely, the Rams aren’t too upset by Campbell’s absence.

– The Rams are wearing white jerseys and blue pants.

– Stay tuned for updates throughout the game.

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