Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams: Live Score, Video and Analysis

Shaun Church@@NFLChurchContributor IOctober 4, 2012

Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times in the Cardinals first loss of 2012.
Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times in the Cardinals first loss of 2012.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

St. Louis Rams 17, Arizona Cardinals 3

Undefeated, no more. The Rams took it to the Cardinals Thursday night. It was Arizona's first defeat of the season and St. Louis' third. That means the Rams are just one game back of the Cardinals for the NFC West lead.

The Cardinals' offensive line gave up eight sacks last week to the Miami Dolphins. That total wasn't good enough for Chris Long and the Rams' defense.

Nine times Kevin Kolb went down Thursday night. St. Louis created 43 total pressures of Kolb—nine sacks, 13 hits and an astounding 21 hurries.

The Arizona rushing attack was once again non-existent, as Ryan Williams carried the ball 14 times for 33 yards.

Steven Jackson, on the other hand, averaged 4.2 yards per carry with his 18 carries and 76 yards.

Sam Bradford was good when he needed to be and delivered the only two touchdowns of the game. One came on the opening drive; the other didn't come until there were 12 minutes remaining in regulation.


Game Stats:

Kevin Kolb: 28-of-50 for 289 yards, nine sacks taken

Sam Bradford: 7-of-21 for 141 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, one sack taken

Ryan Williams: 14 carries for 33 yards

Steven Jackson: 18 carries for 76 yards

Larry Fitzgerald: eight receptions for 92 yards

Andre Roberts: five receptions for 39 yards

Brandon Gibson: three receptions for 33 yards

Chris Givens: one reception for 51 yards, one touchdown