For the first time since 1935, the Arizona Cardinals won a road game without scoring a touchdown. Chandler Catanzaro’s four field goals edged the St. Louis Rams, 12-6 Thursday night at Edward Jones Dome.
With the win, the Cardinals can clinch a playoff spot if the Cowboys and Eagles don’t tie, or if the Lions lose and the Packers win.
After losing their star quarterback, Carson Palmer a few weeks ago against the Rams, the Cardinals once again lost a quarterback to an injury against the Rams. Drew Stanton sprained his right knee and will miss some time.
Before leaving in the third quarter, Stanton completed 23 of his 20 pass attempts for 109 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Ryan Lindley took over for Stanton but it was the defense that stepped up to face adversity.
The Cardinals’ defense held the Rams to only 69 rushing yards and 280 total yards, no touchdowns and only two field goals by Greg Zuerlein. They created two turnovers. Patrick Peterson intercepted a Shaun Hill pass, and Kerwynn Williams forced a fumble that Larry Foote was able to recover.
Arizona (11-3) are 4-3 on the road and remain undefeated at home (7-0), where they’ll face the defending Super Bowl champs Seattle Seahawks Dec. 21, in their next game.
With the loss, the Rams (6-8) have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. Before Thursday night’s game, the Rams had outscored their last two opponents 76-0. Their next game comes at home against the New York Giants Dec. 21.