Dec 11, 2014 9:15 PM
Cardinals end Rams' shutout streak, tied 3-3
The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) Chandler Catanzaro made a 23-yard field goal and the Arizona Cardinals ended the St. Louis Rams' long shutout streak for a 3-3 tie early in the second quarter Thursday night.
Trying to build on consecutive shutouts, the Rams (6-7) shut down the penalty-prone Cardinals on their first two possessions and got a 24-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein to take the lead.
But defensive tackle Frostee Rucker punched the ball out of rookie running back Tre Mason's grasp and linebacker Larry Foote recovered the fumble to get Arizona the ball at the St. Louis 27.
The Cardinals' drive stalled at the 5, leaving Catanzaro with the short field goal.
It was the first score given up by the Rams since Nov. 23, when San Diego scored the winning touchdown with just over 8 minutes left in a 27-24 victory. During their first consecutive shutouts since 1945, the Rams outscored Oakland and Washington 76-0.
Arizona (10-3), trying to move closer to clinching a playoff berth, committed five penalties on its first two possessions, twice wiping out big gains, and had as many penalty yards in the first quarter (40) as in their last game. To get into the playoffs, the Cardinals needed only a win against the Rams combined with Sunday's Dallas-Philadelphia game not ending in a tie.
Zuerlein shook off a last week's rough game against Washington, when he missed an extra point and two short field goals, to put St. Louis up 3-0 early against the NFC West leaders. Shaun Hill connected on all four of his passes on the Rams' opening drive for 53 yards.
Arizona won the teams' previous meeting this season by outscoring the Rams 21-0 in fourth quarter of a 31-14 victory Nov. 9. After that game, St. Louis benched Austin Davis in favor of Hill.