Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 15 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 11, 2014
Kicking off the Week 15 NFL schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we had a divisional matchup between the Cardinals and the Rams. Arizona was coming off a narrow 3-point win over the Chiefs, while St. Louis flat-out embarrassed the Redskins in Week 14. These teams always seem to play each other hard no matter the records, and this time was no different.
Let’s check out the key players and statistics from the game so that we can determine exactly why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll examine what’s in store for both teams in Week 16.
What Happened: If you were looking for a high-flying game full of touchdowns and lead changes, this certainly wasn’t your night. There was no touchdown in this game on either side; it was purely a defensive struggle accentuated by field goals.
St. Louis’ Greg Zuerlein got the scoring started on a 24-yarder in the first, and Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro was able to respond in the second with a 23-yarder and a 44-yarder of his own. At the half, that made it 6-3 Cardinals in a tight ballgame.
After the break, Catanzaro booted a 51-yarder for the only scoring of the quarter. He would cap off his night in the fourth on a 46-yard boot. Zuerlein would nail one last field goal to bookend the night, a 19-yard kick. That got the Rams within six, but they weren’t able to find the end zone.
In the end it was 12-6 Cardinals in a tough and physically demanding win. They inch ever closer to clinching a playoff slot (they’re all but assured of one now) with an 11-3 record. The Rams, meanwhile, are officially eliminated from the postseason.
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The Stars: Offensively, there’s not a whole lot to get excited about here. New Arizona RB Kerwynn Williams posted 75 yards on 15 carries and added another 11 in the passing game. Stedman Bailey had 74 yards on five grabs for the Rams.
On defense, both teams were steady. The Cardinals were held to 274 total yards and the Rams 280.
The Goats: Let’s run down the crummy offensive stats for both teams. St. Louis: two turnovers; 69 rush yards; 4-16 on third and fourth down; 25:36 time of possession. As for the Cardinals: 131 yards passing; eight drive-killing penalties; one trip to the red zone. 5-17 on third downs.
Injuries: For the second straight game, the Cardinals lost a quarterback against the Rams. Drew Stanton injured his right knee on a sack in the second half. We’ll check in on his status this week.
Outlook: Both teams will be back in action on Sunday, December 21. The Rams will host the Giants (4:05 PM ET on FOX), while the Cardinals get another primetime game when the Seahawks come to town (8:30 PM ET on NBC).
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