The Rams 27-24 home victory over the Cardinals earlier this season extended their winning streak in this series to three straight.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Rams failed to help the Cardinals out on Sunday, losing 23-13 in San Francisco.
Kellen Clemens threw for 218 yards -- much of which came after the outcome was already decided -- and was intercepted once. He completed a touchdown pass to wide receiver Brian Quick in the game's final minute.
Zac Stacy managed 72 yards on 19 carries as St. Louis had a two-game win streak halted. The Rams were held to 83 yards rushing on 30 attempts as a team after averaging 189.5 yards over their four games.
"We went into the game knowing it was going to be a slugout kind of physical game up front. We like to think that we could carry on with what we have been doing for the last couple of weeks, but for some reason we weren't able to match up well," noted Rams coach Jeff Fisher.
The Rams 27-24 home victory over the Cardinals earlier this season extended their winning streak in this series to three straight. Greg Zuerlein made four field goals and tight end Jared Cook had a monster game with seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns in his Rams debut.
Palmer, in his first game with the Cardinals, threw a pair of TD passes to Fitzgerald, but had an interception and crucial fumble to spoil Arians' first game as Arizona's head coach.
The Arizona Cardinals are jut a game back of a wild card spot, but with three of their final four games of the regular season against fellow NFC West residents, that deficit looks like the Grand Canyon.
The Cards hope to put an eight-game losing streak against their division to rest this Sunday when they play host to the St. Louis Rams.
Arizona is 0-3 versus the NFC West this season, losing in St. Louis in Week 1 before back-to-back defeats against San Francisco (on the road) and Seattle (at home) on Oct. 13 and 17.
The Cardinals have not won a division game since beating the Seahawks at home on Sept. 9 of last season. That is a run they will need to end if they want to make the postseason as they are 7-5 and a game back of the 49ers for the conference's second wild card position.
"We haven't won a division game in two years and we play the division this week," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "If we're ever going to be anything we better start winning in our division. That's our only focus this week."
Arizona will visit Tennessee next Sunday before a very tough road game in Seattle the following weekend. The Cardinals then wrap the season at home versus the 49ers on Dec. 29.
The Cards had a four-game winning streak halted this past Sunday with a 24-21 setback to the Philadelphia Eagles, who moved to 7-5 on the season. Arizona turned the ball over three times, did not force a turnover and also took some big penalties at key spots.
That includes a defensive holding penalty on safety Tyrann Mathieu that negated a Patrick Peterson interception, while a holding call on linebacker Matt Shaughnessy on third down extended an Eagles drive that allowed them to run off the clock.
"We lost this football game with self-inflicted wounds," said Arians. "We didn't create any turnovers and we obviously turned it over and gave them the early start. We played good enough to play close but not good enough to win."
Palmer was 24-for-41 passing for 302 yards with three touchdown throws and two interceptions in the setback while also losing a fumble.
Michael Floyd had five catches for 99 yards and Larry Fitzgerald added 72 yards on five receptions. Both wide receives scored a touchdown as well.