Cardinals beat Rams 12-6 to post best record in NFL

Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:36am EST
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(Reuters) - The Arizona Cardinals posted their best record in the National Football League after a dour 12-6 road victory over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday.

The Cardinals won a defensive contest in a game devoid of touchdowns to improve to 11-3 on the season, tying the franchise mark for wins in a season.

They consolidated their lead in the NFC West ahead of defending Super Bowl champions Seattle (9-4) and almost certainly secured at least a wild-card playoff spot with two regular season games left.

But it was not all good news for Arizona, who lost quarterback Drew Stanton to a knee injury when he was sacked in the third quarter, replaced by third-string Ryan Lindley.

Arizona's first-choice quarterback Carson Palmer had also suffered a season-ending knee injury in November.

Stanton completed 12-of-20 passes for 109 yards before departing and there was no immediate word on the seriousness of his injury.

The loss eliminated the Rams (6-8) from playoff contention.

After holding their opponents scoreless the past two weeks, they again played strong defense, giving up just four field goals, but on this occasion their offense did not do enough.

"That's one of the best wins I've ever been a part of," Arizona coach Bruce Arians told reporters after the first NFL game without a touchdown in two years.   Continued...

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) reaches for extra yardage after being tackled by St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports