Rams7370 -- 17Cardinals3333 -- 12
Kurt Warner, 29 for 42 for 327 yards in his first game against the St. Louis franchise he directed to two Super Bowls and one NFL crown, drove Arizona to the St. Louis 5-yard line in the final seconds. But a sack by Adam Archuleta and a false start by tackle Leonard Davis preserved the visiting Rams' victory.
Marc Bulger directed touchdown drives on St. Louis's first possession of each half and the Cardinals advanced inside the Rams 12 four times without a touchdown.
Bulger completed 18 of 29 passes for 216 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Torry Holt in the first quarter. He was intercepted once. Steven Jackson rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries, including a seven-yard touchdown that was the difference in the game.
Arizona got the ball on its 14 with 1 minute 53 seconds to play and no timeouts. Warner threw 20 yards to Larry Fitzgerald, then connected for 27 and 11 yards to Anquan Boldin to get the ball to the 5. But Archeleta burst through to grab Warner for a five-yard loss, then Davis had a false start as the clock ran out. NFL rules keep the clock running on such penalties in the last minute.
St. Louis: Holt 19 pass from Bulger (Wilkins kick), 11:42.
Arizona: FG Rackers 29, 5:38.
Arizona: FG Rackers 26, 8:44.
St. Louis: FG Wilkins 29, 3:42.
Arizona: FG Rackers 48, 10:23.
St. Louis: S.Jackson 7 run (Wilkins kick), 5:45.
Arizona: FG Rackers 35, 6:59.
RamsCardinalsFirst Downs 1618Total Net Yards 297379Rushes-Yards 22-10816-82Passing 189297Punt Returns 3-143-19Kickoff Returns 1-254-83Interceptions Ret. 1-01-14Comp-Att-Int 18-29-129-42-1Sacked-Yards Lost 4-275-30Punts 7-42.95-46.6Fumbles-Lost 1-03-1Penalties-Yards 4-308-72Time Of Possession 28:5131:09 RUSHING
St. Louis: S.Jackson 18-93, Faulk 3-15, Bulger 1-0.
Arizona: Shipp 12-54, Fitzgerald 2-25, J.Jackson 1-3, Warner 1-0.
St. Louis: Bulger 18-29-1-216.
Arizona: Warner 29-42-1-327.
St. Louis: Bruce 5-64, Holt 4-70, Curtis 2-29, S.Jackson 2-16, Faulk 2-8, Manumaleuna 1-13, McDonald 1-9, R.Williams 1-7.
Arizona: Boldin 8-119, Shipp 5-39, Fitzgerald 4-70, Lee 4-40, Ayanbadejo 3-16, Bergen 2-15, B.Johnson 2-15, T.Johnson 1-13.
MISSED FIELD GOALS