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St. Louis Rams beat Arizona Cardinals 17-3

11:40 PM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sam Bradford busted a lengthy slump with a 52-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chris Givens to help the St. Louis Rams put away the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals, 17-3 on Thursday night.

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Robert Quinn had three of the Rams' nine sacks on Kevin Kolb to keep the Cardinals grounded. Arizona (4-1) scored at least 20 points in each of its first four games, but had no luck containing a pass rush that entered the game with only six sacks.

Lance Kendricks caught a 7-yard TD pass in the first quarter and rookie Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal for the Rams (3-2), who are 3-0 at home and ended Arizona's seven-game winning streak in St. Louis - the Cardinals' home before leaving for the desert in 1988.

The Rams totaled two victories last year but so far have executed a quick turnaround under new coach Jeff Fisher. They're 3-0 at home for the first time since 2003, when they were unbeaten in Edward Jones Dome and they're above .500 for the first time since they were 4-3 on Nov. 4, 2006.

Despite excitement over the first primetime game in years, Rams fans didn't completely fill the Edward Jones Dome, leaving questions about the level of support for the team.

The Rams are currently in negotiations with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission over plan to improve the Edward Jones Dome. If the two sides can't reach an agreement the team could leave St. Louis after the 2014 season.

Die-hard fans remember losing the football Cardinals and are hoping their support will help sway the negotiations and keep the team in St. Louis

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