first_img 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories The Rams offense gained 383 yards on 75 offensive plays.Steven Jackson had 130 of the 150 the Rams had on theground and Sam Bradford threw for 255. All those yards and not once did any of those plays endwith the Rams putting the ball in the endzone. Time after time the Cardinals defense gave up yards but nopoints. Of the Rams 13 points, four of those came on back-to-back possessions that ended with a safety for theCardinals offense. In 13 drives the Cardinals forced three three-and-outs. Oneight of those drives the Rams had 24 or more yards ofoffense. While the Rams weren’t exactly going in for a touchdown,they did have a chance to end the game as they lined upfor a 42-yard field goal on the final play. A huge push bythe defensive line and the big paw of the Cardinals’tallest player — Calais Campbell — blocked the fieldgoal and sent it to overtime.Bending but not breaking. “They were running up and down the field,” Cardinalslinebacker Daryl Washington said. “We just stuck togetheras a defense and as a team. We made more plays than theydid at the end of the day.”In the end the bending paid off as the offense scoredtheir lone touchdown in a game-tying John Skelton pass toLarry Fitzgerald and rookie cornerback Patrick Petersontook a punt return 99 yards in overtime to win the game. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “I knew it was gutsy,” Peterson said of fielding the ballnear the goal line. “I’m just trying to make a play forthis team.”All season this defense has had to answer questions aboutlearning new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s scheme andphilosophy. Sunday showed signs of improvement. “We will continue making progress each and every week,”Peterson said of the defense. GLENDALE, Ariz. — To put it simply, the ArizonaCardinals defense did a lot of bending but never broke intheir 19-13 overtime win against the St. Louis Rams. On paper the Cardinals defense had a rough day. Between the lines — where it counts — the Cardinalsdefense was strong and resilient. “I can’t tell you what it means for a defense when youhave a performance like that. Our group has been togetherfor 10 weeks, 11 weeks now, trying to learn this defense,”Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said after the victory. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more