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[NFL.com] Rams pick off Warner, nip Cardinals 16-14
Rams pick off Warner, nip Cardinals 16-14
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2006) -- In a game filled with turnovers, the last one went to St. Louis. So did the victory.
Kurt Warner, who threw three interceptions, fumbled a snap at the Rams 18 with 1:46 to play and Will Witherspoon recovered to allow St. Louis to hold on to beat the Arizona Cardinals 16-14 Sunday.
The Cardinals' Antonio Smith recovered Rams quarterback Marc Bulger's fumble at the St. Louis 30 with 1:58 to play and Edgerrin James carried three times to the 18. But Warner dropped Alex Stepanovich's snap and Witherspoon jumped on the ball for St. Louis (2-1).
It was a fitting end for a game that featured six turnovers, four by the Cardinals.
One of Warner's interceptions came with Arizona at the Rams 13, another at the St. Louis 1.
Bulger was 21-of-31 for 309 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions, and Warner was 19-of-28 for 256 yards and one score.
Torry Holt caught eight passes for 120 yards, including a 9-yarder for St. Louis' lone touchdown. Anquan Boldin had 10 receptions for 129 yards for Arizona.
Down 16-7, the Cardinals (1-2) went 87 yards in 16 plays, using up 8:24 of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 16-14 on James' 6-yard touchdown run with 4:13 to play. The drive included a 7-yard pass from Warner to Fitzgerald on fourth-and-5 from the Rams 38.
James had his best game since coming to Arizona, gaining 94 yards in 24 carries.
It wasn't enough.
Coincidence or not, all three of Warner's interceptions came after he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Witherspoon.
Warner was picked off on consecutive passes to help the Rams take a 13-7 halftime lead.
Arizona scored first after forcing a three-and-out deep in St. Louis territory. Matt Turk's 31-yard punt gave the Cardinals the ball at the Rams 45. James had runs of 10 and 9 yards and Warner capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald to make it 7-0 with 7:04 left in the first quarter.
A 32-yard pass interference penalty against Antrel Rolle for pushing Holt set up Jeff Wilkins' 26-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3.
Arizona took the kickoff and drove to the Rams 13. But Warner's pass was deflected by Pia Tinoisamoa into the hands of Ohiomogho Atogwe for an interception at the St. Louis 6.
Bulger and Holt went to work on Arizona cornerback Matt Ware. Holt had catches of 42, 14 and 9 yards, the last one for a touchdown, in a five-play, 94-yard drive that put St. Louis ahead 10-7 with 3:20 left in the first half.
After the kickoff, Warner's pass on first down was picked off by Fakhir Brown at the Cardinals 45. St. Louis drove to the 22 but lost 16 yards when Richie Incognito snapped the ball over the head of Bulger in a shotgun formation. Wilkins kicked a 47-yarder as the half ended to make it 13-7.
Wilkins' 21-yard field goal put St. Louis ahead 16-7 with 8:08 left in the third quarter.
Warner's 54-yard pass play to Bryant Johnson and 17-yard toss to Boldin gave Arizona first-and-goal at the 2. But after James gained one yard on two carries, Warner threw over the middle into the hands of Rams linebacker Dexter Coakley in the end zone for a touchback.
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