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

Shaun ChurchContributor IDecember 8, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 08:  Quarterback Carson Palmer
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Final Score

Cardinals 30, Rams 10

Leading up to this game, it was uncertain whether Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer would play after being limited all week with an elbow injury. The St. Louis Rams found on Sunday that Palmer was just fine, however, as he completed 27 of 32 passes (84.4 percent) for 269 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions for a 112.1 passer rating.

Arizona's offensive line protected Palmer throughout, allowing just one sack.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was the star of the skill-position players, reeling in 12 receptions for 96 yards (8.0 yards per catch) and a touchdown. His dozen catches are the most he's had in a regular-season game since he had 13 against the Seattle Seahawks in October 2009.

Running backs Rashard Mendenhall (17 carries, 41 yards) and Andre Ellington (11 carries, 46 yards) each scored a rushing touchdown on Sunday. It's the first time this season the two both scored on the ground in the same game.

The story of the game on defense for Arizona will be the injury rookie cornerback Tyrann Mathieu suffered. According to head coach Bruce Arians (via the Cardinals official Twitter account), it is believed to be a season-ending ACL injury.

Not enough can be said about the impact Mathieu has had this season on a defense that is among the best in the NFL. He makes plays weekly, and losing him for any length of time would be huge.

On the other sideline, the Rams could get nothing done offensively this week. Quarterback Kellen Clemens took four sacks and threw two interceptions, and the running game never got going. Without receiver Tavon Austin's 56-yard run on a reverse, the team carried 18 times for just 46 yards (2.6 yards per carry).

Austin was rendered useless by Mathieu before the defensive back left the game. But then Austin himself had to leave after suffering an ankle injury.