St. Louis Rams 31, Arizona Cardinals 17
In a tale of two halves, the Cardinals with rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley looked to be in control of things heading into halftime with a 17-14 lead.
Lindley completed 17-of-24 passes (70.1 percent) in the half, looked poised in the pocket behind strong play from his offensive line, and despite throwing a pick-six to Rams rookie CB Janoris Jenkins, played a very good half.
Then, the second half began, and everything changed. The Rams started bringing more pressure on the rookie—especially up the middle—and after being shut out of the sack department in the first half, got to him twice in the third and fourth quarter.
–Lindley completed 31-of-52 for 312 yards, no TD and four INT for a 44.7 QB rating in the loss.
–RB Beanie Wells was responsible for both Cardinals touchdowns and totaled 48 yards on 17 carries (2.8 YPC).
–QB Sam Bradford completed 8-of-17 passes (47.1 percent) for 205 yards, two TD and one INT for a 106.3 rating. He beat Arizona twice this season despite completing 15-of-38 (39.5 percent) for 346 yards in the two matchups.
His completion totals of seven and eight passes versus Arizona this season are the two lowest totals of his career. He will tell you all that matters is getting the win, and he is right.
–RB Steven Jackson broke out of a season-long slump, carrying 24 times for 139 yards (5.8 YPC). He opened the second half with a 46-yard run to set the tone for the Rams' offense, and it was all St. Louis from then on.
–WR Chris Givens had a career day for the Rams, with five receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown—his 100-yard performance is the first such game of his career.
–CB Janoris Jenkins set a franchise record, becoming the first Rams player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a game. A pick-six had happened 100 times since 1960 (the first year available in the database) without it occurring twice in the same game by the same player.