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article imageNFL Scores: Bradford leads late charge, Rams beat Cardinals

By Larry Seely     Sep 8, 2013 in Sports
Saint Louis - St Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford finally has some weapons to his disposal and he showed what he could do as he led the team back from 11 points down after the third quarter and opened up the 2013 NFL season with a thrilling 27-24 victory.
Bradford completed 27 of 38 passes for 299 yards and two touchdown passes, both to new tight end Jared Cook, who caught seven passes for 141 yards in his Rams debut.
After tying the score at 24-24, the Rams defense forced a three and out and Bradford led the offense down the field with two big completions, leading to the game winning 48 yard field goal from youngster Greg Zuerlein, his fourth of the day.
St Louis is the youngster team in the league and at times showed their inexperience with some costly penalties, but Bradford showed he is now the leader on offense with Steven Jackson now in Atlanta and used seven different receivers and guided the offense to 366 yards.
The defense made several mistakes, but defensive end Robert Quinn came up big with three sacks and two forced fumbles in the season opening victory.
Arizona looked much better on offense with veteran quarterback Carson Palmer now leading the team. Palmer finished the afternoon with 26 completions for 327 yards and two touchdowns, but the running game remains a problem as the team managed just 86 yards on 26 carries, including 60 yards from former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.
The Rams will now hit the road the next two weeks with games against Atlanta and Dallas. This young team will need to learn to win these type of games if they want to challenge Seattle and San Francisco for the NFC West title, but after their strong performance in week one, this team could surprise NFL experts with a strong season.
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