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Rams get nine sacks, bust Cardinals' unbeaten run

Published: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 11:10 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 11:11 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sam Bradford missed high, low, left, right.

After capping the St. Louis Rams' opening drive with a touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks, the former No. 1 overall pick endured an 0-for-12 slump that included Patrick Peterson's interception in the end zone on a pass tossed up for grabs under heavy pressure.

No worries. The Rams' rapidly-improving defense saw to that.

"Those guys played outstanding," Bradford said after the Rams knocked off the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals 17-3 on Thursday night. "They've played great all year and they have kept us in a lot of games."

Bradford busted out of his funk with a 52-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chris Givens for a two-TD cushion and Robert Quinn had three of the Rams' nine sacks on Kevin Kolb to keep the Cardinals in check.

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