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Anderson runs for 167 yards, Rams beat Arizona 31-9

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) C.J. Anderson was looking for a job last week. The Los Angeles Rams needed a running back.

It was a marriage of convenience that turned out so well for everyone on Sunday, except the Arizona Cardinals.

And almost nothing is going well for them.

Anderson, the former Denver Bronco playing five days after he was signed off the street by Los Angeles, rushed for 167 yards - one shy of his career high - and the Rams bounced back from a pair of losses to beat the troubled Cardinals 31-9.

Anderson, playing in place of the injured Todd Gurley, had a 4-yard touchdown run and other gains of 46 and 27 yards as the Rams (12-3) rushed for 269 yards, most allowed by Arizona on the ground this season.

Anderson was not at all surprised.

''That has been my game I have been in for six years,'' he said. ''If you paid any attention of football with C. J. Anderson in it, you wouldn't be surprised at all.''

Rams cornerback Aqib Talib was a teammate of Anderson in Denver.

''It looked like C.J.,'' Anderson said. ''It's nothing new to me, either. It's what he does. He grinds, man.''

Anderson had plenty of help.

The Rams' master at disruption, Aaron Donald, had three sacks to break the NFL record for defensive tackles with 19 1-2 and break the franchise overall sacks record in the process.

''It was a game we needed, a bounce-back game,'' Donald said. ''We are back on track and hopefully we will keep it up.''

With the victory, Los Angeles remained with the second-best record in the NFC behind New Orleans, which clinched the conference's top seed. The Rams are one game ahead of third-place Chicago. Each has one left to play, and the Bears would have the tiebreaker should they finished tied.

Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, in perhaps his final home game, threw the first touchdown pass of his 15-year NFL career, a 32-yard toss to David Johnson.

But it was the only trip to the end zone for the Cardinals (3-12), who at 1-7 had the worst record at home since they moved to Arizona from St. Louis in 1988. A loss in their season finale at Seattle would leave them 3-13, matching the worst record in the 30 years since that move.

All this leads to speculation that Steve Wilks' rookie season in Arizona as head coach might be his last.

Jared Goff completed 19 of 24 passes for 216 yards for a touchdown. He also ran for a score on one of three consecutive TD drives for Los Angeles in the first half.

A Rams turnover gave Arizona its chance to score early and take its only lead. Goff, under duress, fumbled and Deone Bucannon recovered for the Cardinals at the Rams 41. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen scrambled for 15 yards and threw three short passes to Fitzgerald to set up Zane Gonzalez's 36-yard field goal.

But Los Angeles methodically mounted touchdown drives the next three times it had the ball.

The Rams needed only 3:08 for a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive, Robert Woods scoring from 4 yards on an end around.

Anderson's 27-yard run up the middle highlighted an 11-play, 84-yard drive, Goff scoring on a 1-yard run to make it 14-3.

After Arizona's unlikely TD, with Fitzgerald dropping in a perfectly thrown 32-yard pass to Johnson, the Rams took the kickoff and used up 7 1/2 minutes in another 75-yard drive. Anderson scored on a 4-yard run and Los Angeles led 21-9 with 2:10 left in the half.

FITZ FINALE?

Fitzgerald isn't saying whether this, his 15th NFL season, will be his last. But if this was his final home game, he had a good one.

At the top of the list was the throw. After Rosen's 16-yard run to the Los Angeles 32, the Cardinals ran a play with Rosen tossing a lateral to Fitzgerald, who then passed to the wide-open Johnson for the touchdown. Fitzgerald is 2 for 4 in his NFL passing career for 53 yards - and one touchdown.

NO GURLEY

Coach Sean McVay, and even Gurley himself, had talked as if they expected the prolific running back to play. But Gurley didn't practice all week with left knee inflammation and it was announced a couple of hours before the game that he wouldn't play.

In the end, they decided it made no sense to push it considering the opposition and the bigger games ahead.

UP NEXT

Rams: Host San Francisco next Sunday.

Cardinals: Play at Seattle on Sunday.

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Key Players
C. Anderson 35 RB
167 RuYds, RuTD, -5 ReYds, REC
22
FPTS
D. Johnson 31 RB
35 RuYds, 32 ReYds, ReTD, REC
12
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:19
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
31
9
Touchdown 9:19
J.Goff pass deep right to R.Woods for 39 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
95
yds
2:15
pos
30
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:41
G.Zuerlein 21 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
11
plays
86
yds
6:15
pos
24
9
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:10
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
21
9
Touchdown 2:10
C.Anderson up the middle for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
75
yds
7:30
pos
20
9
Missed Point After Touchdown 9:40
Z.Gonzalez extra point is No Good Wide Right Center-A.Brewer Holder-A.Lee.
plays
yds
pos
14
9
Touchdown 9:47
3-J.Rosen backwards pass to 11-L.Fitzgerald. L.Fitzgerald pass deep right to D.Johnson for 32 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
75
yds
2:16
pos
14
9
Point After TD 11:56
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 11:56
J.Goff right tackle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
84
yds
5:29
pos
13
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:59
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 3:59
R.Woods right end for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
75
yds
3:08
pos
6
3
Field Goal 7:11
Z.Gonzalez 36 yard field goal is GOOD Center-A.Brewer Holder-A.Lee.
8
plays
23
yds
4:58
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 37:04 22:56
1st Downs 33 15
Rushing 18 6
Passing 11 6
Penalty 4 3
3rd Down Conv 6-9 2-11
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 461 263
Total Plays 67 53
Avg Gain 6.9 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 269 104
Rush Attempts 41 18
Avg Rush Yards 6.6 5.8
Net Yards Passing 192 159
Comp. - Att. 19-24 18-31
Yards Per Pass 8.0 5.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-24 4-23
Penalties - Yards 6-66 7-54
Touchdowns 4 1
Rushing TDs 3 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 2-51.0 5-44.0
Return Yards 26 1
Punts - Returns 2-26 1-1
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/6 1/3
Extra Points 4/4 0/1
Field Goals 1/2 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 3-4 -75% 0-2 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 3-4 -75% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Rams 12-3 7143731
Cardinals 3-12 36009
192 PASS YDS 159
269 RUSH YDS 104
461 TOTAL YDS 263
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
79.2% 216 1 0 118.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 4489 28 12 99.5
J. Goff 19/24 216 1 0 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Anderson 35 RB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 167 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 271 1
C. Anderson 20 167 1 46 22
J. Kelly 42 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 44 0
J. Kelly 10 40 0 7 4
B. Cooks 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 68 1
B. Cooks 3 27 0 17 5
G. Everett 81 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
G. Everett 2 16 0 12 3
R. Woods 17 WR
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 15 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 156 1
R. Woods 2 15 1 11 21
J. Goff 16 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
42 108 2
J. Goff 2 6 1 5 18
S. Mannion 14 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -1 0
S. Mannion 2 -2 0 -1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Woods 17 WR
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 89 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 84 1195 6
R. Woods 7 6 89 1 39 21
J. Reynolds 83 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 347 3
J. Reynolds 2 2 44 0 26 4
B. Cooks 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 35 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 75 1142 3
B. Cooks 3 3 35 0 18 5
G. Everett 81 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 320 3
G. Everett 6 5 28 0 9 3
T. Higbee 89 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 256 2
T. Higbee 1 1 16 0 16 1
J. Kelly 42 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 9 0
J. Kelly 1 1 9 0 9 4
C. Anderson 35 RB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 -5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 19 1
C. Anderson 3 1 -5 0 -5 22
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
C. Littleton 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
87-34 1 4.0
C. Littleton 7-2 0.0 0 0
A. Donald 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-18 0 19.0
A. Donald 5-2 3.0 0 0
M. Barron 26 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-15 0 0.0
M. Barron 3-0 0.0 0 0
T. Hill 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-5 2 0.0
T. Hill 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Johnson 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
77-34 4 0.0
J. Johnson 3-2 0.0 0 0
L. Joyner 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-20 1 1.0
L. Joyner 3-0 0.0 0 0
R. Wilson 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-8 0 0.0
R. Wilson 3-0 0.0 0 0
A. Talib 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-3 1 0.0
A. Talib 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Peters 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-10 3 0.0
M. Peters 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-17 0 1.0
M. Brockers 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Robey-Coleman 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-11 1 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Hager 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
B. Hager 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Hodge 11 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
K. Hodge 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Suh 93 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-21 0 4.0
N. Suh 1-4 1.0 0 0
M. Longacre 96 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-9 0 0.0
M. Longacre 0-1 0.0 0 0
S. Shields 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 1 0.0
S. Shields 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Zuerlein 4 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
25/29 29/30
G. Zuerlein 1/2 21 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 51.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
40 46.6 19
J. Hekker 2 51.5 2 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Natson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 13.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 11.2 60 0
J. Natson 2 13.0 26 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Rosen 3 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.2% 87 0 0 61.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.4% 2129 10 14 66.0
J. Rosen 12/23 87 0 0 7
M. Glennon 7 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 63 0 0 99.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 174 1 0 112.0
M. Glennon 5/7 63 0 0 2
L. Fitzgerald 11 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 32 1 0 158.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 32 1 0 158.3
L. Fitzgerald 1/1 32 1 0 12
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Rosen 3 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 49 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 138 0
J. Rosen 4 49 0 16 7
D. Johnson 31 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
241 878 7
D. Johnson 10 35 0 16 12
C. Edmonds 29 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
54 194 2
C. Edmonds 4 20 0 20 2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Sherfield 16 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 6 62 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 187 1
T. Sherfield 6 6 62 0 15 6
L. Fitzgerald 11 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 53 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 65 698 5
L. Fitzgerald 9 6 53 0 18 12
D. Johnson 31 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 1 32 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 440 3
D. Johnson 5 1 32 1 32 12
J. Tolliver 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 37 0
J. Tolliver 3 1 15 0 15 1
J. Phillips 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 9 0
J. Phillips 1 1 9 0 9 0
C. Williams 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 120 1
C. Williams 4 1 7 0 7 0
R. Seals-Jones 86 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 34 343 1
R. Seals-Jones 1 1 3 0 3 0
C. Edmonds 29 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 99 0
C. Edmonds 2 1 1 0 1 2
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Boston 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-13 3 0.0
T. Boston 8-0 0.0 0 0
A. Bethea 41 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
97-21 0 2.0
A. Bethea 8-0 0.0 0 0
D. Bucannon 20 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-5 0 0.0
D. Bucannon 7-0 0.0 0 0
H. Reddick 43 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-24 0 4.0
H. Reddick 5-3 1.0 0 0
B. Baker 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
70-21 0 2.0
B. Baker 4-0 0.0 0 0
P. Peterson 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-8 2 1.0
P. Peterson 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Mayowa 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-7 0 4.0
B. Mayowa 3-0 1.0 0 1
D. Amerson 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 0 0.0
D. Amerson 3-1 0.0 0 0
B. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
B. Williams 2-0 0.0 0 0
V. Dora 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
V. Dora 2-0 0.0 0 0
Ch. Jones 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-9 0 12.0
Ch. Jones 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Gunter 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-10 0 2.0
R. Gunter 2-2 0.0 0 0
G. Hodges 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-9 0 0.0
G. Hodges 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Peters 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-14 0 2.0
C. Peters 1-2 0.0 0 0
Z. Moore 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 3.0
Z. Moore 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Z. Gonzalez 5 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 0/1
SEASON FG XP
6/11 7/10
Z. Gonzalez 1/2 36 0/1 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lee 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 49.2 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
89 48.6 29
A. Lee 5 49.2 4 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 25 2:55 6 20 Fumble
7:07 LAR 25 3:08 7 75 TD
2:25 LAR 16 5:29 11 84 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:40 LAR 25 7:30 12 75 TD
0:13 LAR 44 0:13 3 17 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:52 LAR 11 6:15 11 86 FG
4:01 LAR 8 3:39 7 17 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:34 LAR 5 2:15 4 95 TD
8:11 LAR 49 2:49 3 0 Punt
2:51 LAR 10 2:51 5 11 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:05 LAR 41 4:58 8 23 FG
3:59 ARI 25 1:34 3 5 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:56 ARI 25 2:16 5 75 TD
2:10 ARI 25 1:57 8 39 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ARI 25 3:08 7 30 Punt
5:37 ARI 25 1:36 3 1 Punt
0:22 ARI 17 3:48 9 31 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:19 ARI 25 1:08 3 -3 Punt
5:22 ARI 7 2:31 9 83 Downs