Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • ARI 282
    • 242 STL
  • Turnovers

    • ARI 1
    • 1 STL
  • Possession

    ARI STL
    25:38 34:22
  • 1st Downs

    • ARI 20
    • 12 STL

Game Information

Edward Jones Dome
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Coverage: NFL
  • Saint Louis, MO 63101
  • Line: ARI -2.5
Attendance: 54,653
84%
Capacity: 65,321
Referees: John Parry
10/5/2012 ESPN.com news services

Rams record nine sacks, give Cardinals 1st loss

Sam Bradford busted a lengthy slump with a 51-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chris Givens to help the St. Louis Rams earn a 17-3 victory over the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals, who were sacked nine times.

Scoring Summary

NFL1234T
Cardinals30003
Rams730717
first QuarterARISTL
TD
12:45
Lance Kendricks 7 Yard Pass From Sam Bradford
5 plays, 69 yards, 2:21
06
XP
12:39
Greg Zuerlein Kick is Good
5 plays, 69 yards, 2:21
07
FG
3:19
Jay Feely 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
17 plays, 63 yards, 9:24
37
second QuarterARISTL
FG
10:50
Greg Zuerlein 53 Yard Field Goal is Good
5 plays, 14 yards, 1:38
310
fourth QuarterARISTL
TD
11:58
Chris Givens 51 Yard Pass From Sam Bradford
10 plays, 89 yards, 5:30
317
XP
11:49
Greg Zuerlein Kick is Good
10 plays, 89 yards, 5:30
317

Research Notes

  • NEXT LEVEL: The Rams sent five or more pass rushers on 33.9 percent of Kevin Kolb's dropbacks (20 of 59) Thursday. Coming into the game, the Rams sent five or more pass rushers on 25.4 percent of opponents' dropbacks, the 10th-lowest rate in the league. The Rams sacked Kolb five times when sending such pressure, their most in a game in the last five seasons.

  • NEXT LEVEL: The Rams sacked Kevin Kolb nine times and forced him to throw while under duress another 12 times. He was sacked or threw under duress more than 35 percent of the time, three times more than the average quarterback this season.

  • NEXT LEVEL: Larry Fitzgerald had his first drop of the season Thursday, ending a streak of 159 consecutive targets without a drop. Fitzgerald's last drop came in Week 5 of last season against the Vikings, his only drop of 2011. Entering Thursday, Fitzgerald was tied with Percy Harvin of the Vikings for the most targets this season without a drop (37).

  • NEXT LEVEL: Sam Bradford passed for 132 of his 141 yards and both of his touchdowns on throws outside the painted numbers Thursday. In the first four weeks of the season, Bradford completed 50.9 percent of his passes outside the numbers and 73.8 percent inside the numbers. He reversed that trend Thursday, completing 1 of his 8 passes inside the numbers for nine yards, the fewest in his career.NEXT LEVEL: Sam Bradford's completion percentage of 12.5 on throws inside the painted numbers was the lowest in any regular season game (minimum eight pass attempts) among qualified quarterbacks since the start of the 2008 season.

  • Larry Fitzgerald caught a pass in his 122nd consecutive game, setting the franchise record, breaking the tie he held with Mel Gray. Fitzgerald has caught a pass in 128 of his 129 career games.

  • Chris Givens scored on a 51-yard TD pass from Sam Bradford in the 4th quarter. Givens had 61 total receiving yards in his career prior to that catch. Givens now has 4 receptions in his career, and 2 of them are for 50+ yards. He also had a 52-yard catch in last week's win over the Seahawks.

  • From Elias: Greg Zuerlein's 53-yard FG gives him 4 FG of 50+ yards, tying the NFL record for most 50-yard FG by a rookie.

  • From Elias: Rams rookie Greg Zuerlein is the sixth kicker in NFL history to make his first four field-goal attempts from 50-plus yards.No one has made their first five.

  • Bradford is 0-5 on passes inside the painted numbers and 5-8 for 81 yards and a TD outside the numbers.

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