ST. LOUIS —
For the second straight meeting against the
They won both times, thanks to strong defense.
Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals, and the Cardinals overcame the loss of Stanton with their stifling defense, moving closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 12-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.
FOR THE RECORD:
Cardinals-Rams game: In the Dec. 12 Sports section, a photo caption accompanying an article about the 12-6 victory of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals over the St. Louis Rams should have said that Arizona, not St. Louis, had a record of 11-3. —
Larry Foote had a sack and fumble recovery.
Coach Bruce Arians said Stanton had a previous knee injury and will need an MRI exam to determine the extent of the damage.
The Rams (6-8) were held to
"I thought our defense played well enough for us to win," Coach
"In situations like this, when your offense is struggling, your defense has got to make a play. We were close."
The Rams were eliminated from playoff contention.
Ryan Lindley was ineffective in his first appearance since 2012 in relief of Stanton, who injured his right knee on a sack in the third quarter, but it didn't matter. The Cardinals lost
Kerwynn Williams was the Cardinals' offensive standout with 75 yards in 15 carries. Stanton was 12 for 20 for 109 yards and Lindley was four for 10 for 30 yards.
The Cardinals (11-3) entered tied for the top overall record in the
"My first time with 11 wins. I'm happy," cornerback
Rams players had no apparent protests relating to unrest in nearby Ferguson. Two weeks ago, five players did the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" pose coming out of the tunnel during pre-game introductions, and last week, players wrote "I Can't Breathe!!!" on wristbands and cleats.
Rams rookie Tre Mason's fumble gave the Cardinals a short field that set up Catanzaro's first 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 eight minutes left in a 27-24 victory.