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Goff, Rams beat Cardinals 32-16, solidify grip on NFC West

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) For the first time in 14 years, the Rams will have a winning season.

And maybe much more.

Jared Goff passed for two touchdowns, Los Angeles took advantage of two early interceptions thrown by Blaine Gabbert, and the Rams solidified their grip on first place in the NFC West with a 32-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Rams (9-3) won for the sixth time in seven games to clinch their first winning season since 2003, when they were in St. Louis.

''Long time and very cool,'' Goff said, ''but no means are we finished.''

They took the season series with the Cardinals for only the second time in the last 14 years and first since 2012.

The Rams had routed the Cardinals in London 33-0 on Oct. 22 and were in the lead almost from the start of this one. Gabbert's interceptions helped Los Angeles score 16 early points, including Alec Ogletree's 41-yard interception return for a touchdown, and the Rams led the rest of the way.

The Cardinals (5-7) cut the lead to 16-13 in the second quarter and were down 19-13 at the break.

The Rams added an 11-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Sammy Watkins in the third quarter and got a blocked field goal from Michael Brockers in the fourth, when Arizona could have cut the lead to seven.

With Adrian Peterson sitting out with a neck injury, and despite playing with cracked ribs, Kerwynn Williams carried 16 times for 97 yards, three shy of his career best.

''Knowing Kerwynn, he was going to give us everything he had all day,'' Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. ''... He was a sparkplug to get us back in the game.''

Goff was 21 of 31 for 220 yards with one interception. Todd Gurley carried 19 times for 74 yards and caught six passes for 84 yards.

''I thought we kind of battled through,'' first-year coach Sean McVay said. ''It wasn't always perfect, especially offensively.''

Gabbert, in his third game since taking over as Cardinals starter, completed 18 of 32 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown. Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 98 yards and a score.

Arizona, entering the game last in the NFL in rushing, gained 56 yards in eight plays on the ground in a drive capped by Elijhaa Penny's 2-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 16-7.

After a three-and-out by the Rams, Williams' 25-yard run started a six-play, 70-yard TD drive that culminated with Gabbert's 15-yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald. The conversion kick was blocked and Arizona was down 16-13 with 3:25 play.

The Cardinals barely kept Los Angeles out the end zone on the Rams' final drive and Zuerlein's 20-yard field goal put LA up 19-13 at the break.

The Rams opened the game right where they left off in that blowout win in London. They got a 56-yard field goal from Zuerlein on the game's first possession and, on Arizona's first play from scrimmage, Gabbert's deep pass was intercepted by Lamarcus Joyner and returned 46 yards to the Cardinals 23. Seven plays later, on fourth-and-goal from the 1, Goff threw to Gerald Everett for the touchdown. Zuerlein missed the extra point and it was 9-0.

Ogletree intercepted Gabbert's pass near the line of scrimmage and returned it 41 yards for the touchdown, flipping head-over-heels into the end zone, to make it 16-0 later in the first quarter.

''I saw him kind of fumble the ball and then he actually threw it,'' Ogletree said. ''I was able to jump up, kind of tip it to myself and catch it. I looked around and saw the open area and took off running and was able to outrun the lineman.''

SPECIAL RAMS

The Rams were terrific on special teams with a blocked field goal and a blocked extra point.

In the third quarter, Johnny Hekker punted 70 yards from the Rams 9-yard line. After a three-and-out by Arizona, Pharoh Cooper returned a punt 30 yards to help set up Goff's TD pass to Watkins.

FITZGERALD MOVES UP

Fitzgerald moved ahead of Isaac Bruce for fourth in NFL career yards receiving with 15,267. He needs 26 yards to pass Randy Moss into third. Fitzgerald is third in career receptions (1,207).

During the game, he joined Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez as the only players to top 1,200 career receptions.

INJURIES

Ogletree left the game in the first half with a hyperextended left elbow and did not return.

''For the record, it didn't happen on the touchdown (flip),'' he said.

UP NEXT

Rams: home against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Cardinals: host Tennessee on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Goff 16 QB
220 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, INT, 2 RuYds
18
FPTS
L. Fitzgerald 11 WR
98 ReYds, ReTD, 10 RECs
15
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:55
G.Zuerlein 41 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
7
plays
31
yds
2:34
pos
32
16
Field Goal 6:18
G.Zuerlein 24 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
8
plays
52
yds
4:34
pos
29
16
Field Goal 14:55
P.Dawson 54 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-A.Lee.
10
plays
46
yds
5:12
pos
26
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:07
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
26
13
Touchdown 5:07
J.Goff pass short right to S.Watkins for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
30
yds
3:00
pos
25
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
G.Zuerlein 20 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
9
plays
78
yds
3:25
pos
19
13
Missed Point After Touchdown 3:25
P.Dawson extra point is Blocked (T.Walker), Center-J.Drescher, Holder-A.Lee.
plays
yds
pos
16
13
Touchdown 3:25
B.Gabbert pass short right to L.Fitzgerald for 15 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
70
yds
2:28
pos
16
13
Point After TD 7:38
P.Dawson extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-A.Lee.
plays
yds
pos
16
7
Touchdown 7:38
E.Boehm reported in as eligible. E.Penny up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
67
yds
6:07
pos
16
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:45
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
16
0
Touchdown 2:45
B.Gabbert pass short left intended for D.Foster INTERCEPTED by A.Ogletree at ARI 41. A.Ogletree for 41 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
15
0
Missed Point After Touchdown 7:51
G.Zuerlein extra point is No Good, Wide Left, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
9
0
Touchdown 7:51
J.Goff pass short right to G.Everett for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN [C.Jones].
7
plays
23
yds
3:30
pos
9
0
Field Goal 11:41
G.Zuerlein 56 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
6
plays
31
yds
3:19
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:58 31:02
1st Downs 18 19
Rushing 4 6
Passing 13 12
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 3-11 7-15
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 303 312
Total Plays 56 62
Avg Gain 5.4 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 90 118
Rush Attempts 24 24
Avg Rush Yards 3.8 4.9
Net Yards Passing 213 194
Comp. - Att. 21-31 18-32
Yards Per Pass 6.9 6.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-7 6-27
Penalties - Yards 7-36 4-25
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 4-51.8 5-50.8
Return Yards 196 52
Punts - Returns 4-60 2-12
Kickoffs - Returns 4-49 2-33
Int. - Returns 2-87 1-7
Kicking 6/7 2/4
Extra Points 2/3 1/2
Field Goals 4/4 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 2-4 -50% 2-2 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-3 -67% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Rams 9-3 1637632
Cardinals 5-7 0130316
213 PASS YDS 194
90 RUSH YDS 118
303 TOTAL YDS 312
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.7% 220 2 1 96.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.2% 3184 20 6 98.4
J. Goff 21/31 220 2 1 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 74 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
223 939 8
T. Gurley 19 74 0 14 15
T. Austin 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 196 1
T. Austin 3 8 0 4 0
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
P. Cooper 1 6 0 6 0
J. Goff 16 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 55 1
J. Goff 1 2 0 2 18
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 84 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 48 563 3
T. Gurley 7 6 84 0 33 15
C. Kupp 18 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 68 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 51 665 3
C. Kupp 6 5 68 0 25 6
S. Watkins 12 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 38 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 528 6
S. Watkins 4 3 38 1 14 9
D. Carrier 86 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 57 0
D. Carrier 1 1 14 0 14 1
G. Everett 81 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 7 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 222 2
G. Everett 4 2 7 1 6 6
J. Reynolds 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 71 1
J. Reynolds 6 2 6 0 3 0
T. Higbee 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 268 1
T. Higbee 1 1 6 0 6 0
T. Austin 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 42 0
T. Austin 1 0 0 0 0 0
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 53 0
P. Cooper 1 1 -3 0 -3 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Johnson 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-6 2 0.0
T. Johnson 7-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ebukam 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-2 0 2.0
S. Ebukam 5-0 0.0 0 0
J. Johnson 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-10 1 0.0
J. Johnson 5-1 0.0 0 0
L. Joyner 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-7 3 0.0
L. Joyner 4-1 0.0 1 0
A. Donald 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-8 0 8.0
A. Donald 3-0 2.0 0 0
E. Westbrooks 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-8 0 4.0
E. Westbrooks 3-1 2.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-11 0 3.0
M. Brockers 3-0 0.0 0 0
R. Quinn 94 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-9 0 4.0
R. Quinn 3-0 1.0 0 0
M. Longacre 96 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-6 0 5.0
M. Longacre 3-0 1.0 0 0
M. Fox 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 2.0
M. Fox 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Barron 26 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
66-13 3 1.0
M. Barron 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Webster 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-4 0 0.0
K. Webster 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Ogletree 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-19 1 2.0
A. Ogletree 1-0 0.0 1 0
B. Hager 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
B. Hager 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Robey-Coleman 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-8 2 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Zuerlein 4 K
14
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 2/3
SEASON FG XP
36/38 35/36
G. Zuerlein 4/4 56 2/3 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 51.8 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
44 47.2 22
J. Hekker 4 51.8 0 70
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
26 28.7 103 1
P. Cooper 2 17.0 21 0
M. Thomas 88 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
M. Thomas 1 15.0 15 0
M. Longacre 96 LB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
M. Longacre 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 15.0 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 12.6 40 0
P. Cooper 4 15.0 30 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Gabbert 7 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.3% 221 1 2 62.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.6% 719 6 5 79.8
B. Gabbert 18/32 221 1 2 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Williams 33 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 97 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 166 1
K. Williams 16 97 0 25 9
B. Gabbert 7 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 42 0
B. Gabbert 4 12 0 5 11
D. Foster 37 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
D. Foster 2 5 0 4 2
E. Penny 35 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 5 1
E. Penny 2 4 1 3 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Fitzgerald 11 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 10 98 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 82 878 5
L. Fitzgerald 10 10 98 1 20 15
R. Seals-Jones 86 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 170 3
R. Seals-Jones 5 2 44 0 27 4
J. Nelson 14 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 2 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 418 2
J. Nelson 8 2 42 0 26 4
D. Foster 37 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 64 0
D. Foster 5 2 20 0 16 2
J. Gresham 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 267 2
J. Gresham 3 2 17 0 13 1
C. Williams 16 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 31 0
C. Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Bynes 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-3 0 1.0
J. Bynes 8-0 0.0 0 0
B. Baker 36 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-8 0 1.0
B. Baker 7-1 0.0 0 0
K. Dansby 56 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-15 1 1.0
K. Dansby 6-0 0.0 0 0
T. Williams 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-0 1 0.0
T. Williams 5-0 0.0 0 0
T. Mathieu 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-5 2 1.0
T. Mathieu 4-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-6 0 13.0
C. Jones 4-0 1.0 0 1
A. Bethea 41 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-9 3 1.0
A. Bethea 3-1 0.0 0 0
O. Pierre 72 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 0 3.0
O. Pierre 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Peterson 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 1 0.0
P. Peterson 1-0 0.0 0 0
H. Reddick 43 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-10 0 1.0
H. Reddick 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Gunter 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 1.0
R. Gunter 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Martin 96 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 1 0.0
K. Martin 1-0 0.0 1 0
X. Williams 94 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-3 0 0.0
X. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
P. Dawson 4 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 1/2
SEASON FG XP
18/25 19/21
P. Dawson 1/2 54 1/2 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lee 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 50.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
64 46.7 23
A. Lee 5 50.8 1 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Golden 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 19.7 26 0
B. Golden 2 16.5 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Peterson 21 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 6.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 6.3 19 0
P. Peterson 2 6.0 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 31 3:19 6 31 FG
11:21 ARI 23 3:30 7 23 TD
5:51 LAR 37 2:11 5 33 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:46 LAR 20 1:01 3 5 Punt
7:38 LAR 14 1:45 3 9 Punt
3:25 LAR 20 3:25 9 78 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:43 LAR 2 1:39 3 7 Punt
8:07 ARI 30 3:00 6 30 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 LAR 25 2:00 3 -6 Punt
10:52 LAR 42 4:34 8 52 FG
4:29 LAR 46 2:34 7 31 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:41 ARI 25 0:20 1 0 INT
7:51 ARI 25 2:00 3 8 Punt
3:40 ARI 40 0:55 3 1 INT
2:45 ARI 25 2:59 6 22 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:45 ARI 33 6:07 9 67 TD
5:53 ARI 30 2:28 6 70 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ARI 25 3:17 6 18 Punt
10:04 ARI 21 1:57 3 -1 Punt
5:07 ARI 18 5:12 10 46 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:55 ARI 45 2:03 7 28 Blocked FG
6:18 ARI 20 1:49 3 -13 Punt
1:55 ARI 25 1:55 7 49 Game