Silver linings: Rams at Cardinals

The facts: The Rams fell to 1-14 with a 31-10 road defeat to the Cardinals in Week 16.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • The Rams got pressure on Kurt Warner even though they were without both starting defensive ends.

  • Chris Long collected his fifth sack in the Rams' last eight games. He has 5.0 for the season, one more than he had as a rookie in 2008.

  • The Rams converted 43 percent of the time on third down, a higher conversion rate than the Cardinals managed.

  • Receiver Brandon Gibson made an acrobatic grab for a 21-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

  • Rookie Chris Ogbonnaya had an 18-yard run in his regular-season debut.

  • The Rams downed four of Donnie Jones' five punts inside the 20.

  • The Rams held Larry Fitzgerald without a catch longer than 12 yards.

Looking ahead: The Rams face the 49ers at home in Week 17.