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    Rams win over Cards / Wagoner

    Rams Win Tough Battle in Desert
    Sunday, September 24, 2006

    By Nick Wagoner

    Senior Writer


    GLENDALE, Ariz. – Four takeaways by the Rams' defense, including three in the red zone helped to preserve a hard-fought 16-14 win on the road in Arizona.


    The win improves the Rams to 1-2 on the year and the Cardinals dropped to 1-2 with the loss.


    A strange ending to the game saw the teams trade fumbled snaps in the final two minutes of the game. QB Marc Bulger's fumbled snap gave Arizona the ball at the Rams' 30. Three plays later, Kurt Warner's fumble snap was recovered by the Rams' Will Witherspoon at the Rams' 18.


    Fourth Quarter


    Arizona took over early in the quarter and went 87 yards on 16 plays in 8:24 as James cashed it in from 6 yards out for a touchdown. Neil Rackers’ extra point made it 16-14 St. Louis with 4:13 to go.


    St. Louis got the ball back on the kickoff at its 20 needing a pair of first downs to end the game. Holt came up with a big catch on third-and-2 to get one first down. But Bulger dropped the ball as he attempted to hand the ball or fake to fullback Madison Hedgecock and Arizona recovered at the Rams’ 30.


    Just when it appeared Arizona was going to get a miracle victory, Kurt Warner and the Cardinals returned the favor by fumbling it back.


    Third Quarter


    St. Louis carried its momentum into the third quarter, coming up with timely defensive plays and and big plays in the passing game on its way to a 16-7 lead entering the fourth quarter.


    The Rams opened the third quarter with another impressive drive, highlighted by a 28-yard completion for Isaac Bruce and some powerful running by running back Steven Jackson. Wilkins booted a 21-yard field goal to make it 16-7 Rams with 8:08 to go.


    St. Louis stood up strong with the red zone defense again. This time it was Dexter Coakley who intercepted Warner in the end zone to end Arizona’s potential scoring drive. The Rams responded quickly on offense with a quick 45-yard strike to Bruce. But the drive stalled deep in Arizona territory when Shaun McDonald fumbled after a catch and run.


    Second Quarter


    St. Louis had a strong second quarter for the second week in a row, forcing a pair of turnovers and getting the passing game into gear on their way to a 13-7 halftime lead.


    The Rams put together a nice drive to begin the second quarter, highlighted by a one-handed catch by receiver Torry Holt for a 23-yard gain. After a 32-yard gain on a pass interference call against Arizona’s Antrel Rolle, the Rams appeared to break through and score a touchdown on a second down pass to Holt.


    Holt was shoved out of the back of the end zone as he tried to come down with the ball, but the officials ruled that he wasn’t able to get his back foot down before contact and the Rams settled for Jeff Wilkins’ 26-yard field goal to make it 7-3 Arizona.


    After a long drive, Arizona’s momentum was stopped by a tipped pass by linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa that was intercepted by free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe. The Rams took over at their 6 and Bulger and Holt did the rest of the week.


    Bulger and Holt combined for 65 of the team’s 94 yards on the drive and it culminated with their second touchdown hookup in as many weeks, this time from 9 yards out to give the Rams a 10-7 lead.


    The touchdown catch by Holt gave his 101 receiving yards in the first half. It is Holt's 40th 100-yard receiving game, a franchise record.


    Fakhir Brown continued the momentum with an interception on the first play of Arizona’s next drive. The Rams marched deep into Arizona territory before a bad shotgun snap from center Richie Incognito cost them 15 yards.


    The Rams moved it back far enough into Cardinals’ territory for Wilkins to add a 47-yard field goal as time expired to make it 13-7.


    First Quarter

    At the end of the first quarter, the Rams trail Arizona 7-0 as both teams look to get a rhythm going offensively.

    After the teams traded punts on their first possessions, Arizona took advantage of strong field position by driving 45 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Quarterback Kurt Warner hooked up with Larry Fitzgerald for a 12-yard touchdown and Neil Rackers’ extra point made it 7-0 Arizona.


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    Re: Rams win over Cards / Wagoner

    As long as we -- fans -- don't start wondering who played WORSE, they or us. :x

    * Looks like V. Adeyanju made a good, solid debut as a starter!
    * S. Jackson will probably continue to improve, even if slowly, on consistency and working to reduce negative ydg. runs.
    * Green also played decent backup.
    * LBs and DBs, nice game!
    * I doubt Incognito - Bulger fumble a play like that again (positive reinforcement).

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    Re: Rams win over Cards / Wagoner

    Rams to 1-2 on the year
    Thats 2-1!

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    Re: Rams win over Cards / Wagoner

    That's correct, Rambos. Rams improve to 2-1. Looks like Wagoner was to much in a hurry to get his early report released.

    Too bad Seattle was all over NYG today, although Eli and company, both an offense and on defense, put a real 4th Qtr scare to the Sawks.

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    Re: Rams win over Cards / Wagoner

    Good over all game, except for those fumbles of course.

    Nice to see the offense finally get the wheels spinning.

    * Looks like V. Adeyanju made a good, solid debut as a starter!
    Yes he did, tied with Chavous for the team lead in tackles with 6.

    * S. Jackson will probably continue to improve, even if slowly, on consistency and working to reduce negative ydg. runs.
    He still had a good game with 121 total yards.

    * LBs and DBs, nice game!
    They also had a good game.
    Pisa is the toughest Ram defensive player since Jack Youngblood.:l
    JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS


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