Final

Cardinals 21

(7-3, 5-0 away)

Rams 13

(1-9, 0-5 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, November 22, 2009

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
ARI 7 14 0 021
STL 3 0 3 713

Top Performers

Passing: M. Bulger (STL) - 215 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Jackson (STL) - 24 CAR, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Boldin (ARI) - 8 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Warner's play before injury good enough for Cards to hold on against Rams

ESPN.com news services

ST. LOUIS -- A blow to the head turned Kurt Warner into a spectator in the second half, still in uniform but shut down for the day.

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback said it was just a precaution for what the team termed concussion-related symptoms. In any case, he'd already done enough to make it three straight victories over his former team in the stadium where he rose to stardom.

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Warner threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns while building a 21-3 cushion, and the NFC West leaders hung on late, remaining unbeaten on the road with a 21-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Arizona had a season-high 183 yards rushing, including 110 on 14 carries by Tim Hightower for the Cardinals' first 100-yard game of the season.

"I felt pretty good coming out right after halftime, but I just wanted to be smart," Warner said. "It was one of those situations where I didn't feel perfect."

Fast Facts

• Kurt Warner (15 for 19, 203 yards, 2 TDs) recorded 2+ TD passes for the fourth straight game before leaving with a head injury.

• Tim Hightower (14 rushes, 110 yards) recorded his first 100+-yard rushing game since Nov. 2 of last season.

• Larry Fitzgerald (8 catches, 87 yards, TD) grabbed his ninth touchdown of the season.

• For the Rams, Steven Jackson had 24 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown, his fourth straight 100+-yard rushing game.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Warner doesn't recall having a concussion since 2003, when he was hurt in the Rams' opener. That also was his final start with St. Louis.

"I've had a couple of minor concussions, very minor, nothing that's been prolonged," Warner said. "So not a state of panic. I feel good. I think I'm going to be just fine, but we'll take it day by day and we'll see."

The Rams drove to the 7 late in the game needing a TD and a 2-point conversion to tie. Marc Bulger threw incomplete for Donnie Avery in the end zone on fourth-and-4 after some jostling from Arizona's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Can't Ram It Through

Rams receiver Brandon Gibson caught just 5 of 17 passes thrown his way from Marc Bulger in a loss to the Cardinals. His 12 misconnections ties for the most of any player this season. The most misconnections, with receiver, predominant quarterback, opponent and receptions-targets.

Most missed catches
WR, team QB Opp. Rec-Tgts
B. Gibson, Stl Bulger ARI 5-17
C. Johnson, Det Stafford N.O. 3-15
S. Smith, Car Delhomme PHI 3-13
D. Mason, Bal Flacco CIN 3-13

-- ESPN Stats and Information

"We'll just go with the ref's call and hopefully next time it'll go our way," Bulger said.

Bulger was injured on the team's final possession, apparently on a sack by Darnell Dockett, and will undergo evaluation on Monday. Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Bulger got a "little bit dinged in the head. He took some whacks there at the end."

Like Warner, Bulger said his head had cleared after the game. Bulger said he also had hamstring and groin injuries.

The Cardinals (7-3) have won six of seven.

"We were hitting on all cylinders. We were making some big plays, and I think we had them off-balance a little bit," Warner said. "When we're clicking and in rhythm, that's how we can play."

Steven Jackson became the first Rams player to post five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, gaining 116 yards on 24 carries with a fourth-quarter touchdown that capitalized on tight end Anthony Becht's lost fumble, cutting the deficit to eight points. It's also the fourth straight 100-yard game for Jackson.

The Rams (1-9) showed life in the second half after a miserable start, but are 0-4 at home after losing to the Cardinals for the sixth straight time. Earlier this season they became the first team in NFL history to face three straight unbeaten teams at home, losing to the Vikings, Colts and Saints, and management purchased more than 4,000 tickets to sell out the game and avoid a local TV blackout.

"We just came out really flat," Jackson said. "Against a team like Arizona, it's really hard to overcome that."

Warner was 15 for 19 and usually had plenty of time in the pocket. The four incompletions came on two balls he threw away, a third that was batted down and a fourth on a left-handed attempt while in the grasp of defensive end Chris Long.

It appeared Warner was hurt by safety O.J. Atogwe's high hit on a blitz that drove the quarterback's head into the turf. Warner lay on the field for a few seconds before getting up and stayed in the game for the last six plays of a 90-yard drive capped by Beanie Wells' 1-yard run.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt was unaware of Warner's past concussion history, adding, "He's started over 30 games for us and he hasn't missed much."

"What you don't want to do," Whisenhunt added, "is jeopardize games down the road."

Matt Leinart took over after a late turnover at the end of the half, and Arizona mostly sat on the lead. That was enough to make Warner 5-2 against the Rams, with whom he became a storybook star while leading the team to two Super Bowls in three years from 1999-2001. He's 26-4 at the Edward Jones Dome, including 4-0 in the playoffs, with 67 touchdown passes and 34 interceptions.

The Cardinals stumbled early when Warner and Wells missed connections on a pitchout for a lost fumble at the Arizona 25, leading to a Rams field goal. The rest of the half was all Arizona, with Hightower gaining 91 yards on eight carries, Anquan Boldin catching seven passes for 96 yards and his first TD since Week 3, and Larry Fitzgerald catching six passes for 71 yards and a score.

Game notes


St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols was on the field for the coin toss and wore a Rams cap and jersey while watching from the sideline. ... Cardinals CB Bryant McFadden (right knee bruise) was sidelined in the second quarter. ... Eric Dickerson had four straight 1,000-yard seasons for the Rams from 1983-86. ... Hightower's 50-yard carry in the first half was the longest of his career. The previous best was a 30-yarder last November in St. Louis. ... The Cardinals entered the game averaging 84 yards rushing.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARI
STL
1st Downs2416
Passing 1st downs
1411
Rushing 1st downs
94
1st downs from Penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
6-114-16
4th down efficiency
0-02-5
Total Plays6567
Total Yards444314
Yards per play6.84.7
Total Drives1211
Passing261191
Comp - Att
25-3319-37
Yards per pass
7.95.2
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-163-24
Rushing183123
Rushing Attempts
3027
Yards per rush
6.14.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-31-3
Penalties6-407-50
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:3828:22

Passing Leaders

ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Warner15/1920310.7201-7
Leinart10/14745.3001-9
STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bulger19/372155.8013-24

Rushing Leaders

ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Hightower141107.9050
Wells14745.3116
STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson241164.8148
Avery144.004

Receiving Leaders

ARIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Boldin810312.91389
Fitzgerald88710.911412
STLRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Avery46516.30297
Gibson56112.202217

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARISTL
stlFG12:20Josh Brown 40 Yd 03
ariTD02:28Anquan Boldin 5 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERARISTL
ariTD11:48Larry Fitzgerald 11 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick) 143
ariTD02:23Beanie Wells 1 Yd Run (Neil Rackers Kick) 213
THIRD QUARTERARISTL
stlFG00:13Josh Brown 20 Yd 216
FOURTH QUARTERARISTL
stlTD07:08Steven Jackson 1 Yd Run (Josh Brown Kick) 2113