Beanie Wells broke the franchise record for rushing yards in a single game
with 228 and Patrick Peterson had an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown
as the Arizona Cardinals hung on to defeat the St. Louis Rams 23-20 at the
Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. Jay Feely connected on a 22-yard field
goal with 4:09 remaining to provide the winning margin.
Wells, who had runs of 71 and 53 yards, scored on a 7-yard touchdown run
in the 3rd quarter that gave the Cardinals their first lead with 5:54 left in
the 3rd quarter. His final run, a 14-yarder with under two minutes to go,
broke the previous record set by LeShon Johnson (214 yards) in a 28-14
win over New Orleans on September 22, 1996.
Less than three minutes after Wells’ touchdown run, Peterson returned a
Donnie Jones punt 80 yards for a touchdown, his fourth of the season.
Peterson became the first player in NFL history to have four punt returns
for touchdowns of more than 80 yards in a single season. It was his
second punt return touchdown against the Rams this season. His first was
a 99-yarder in a 19-13 overtime win in Glendale just three weeks ago.
Player(s) of the Game – Wells obviously had his best day as a pro,
and did so after twice getting dinged up on carries. Early in the 4th
quarter, Wells fumbled, and got his feet tangled up in the turf. He was
helped off the field after being down for several minutes. Just moments
later, Wells busted off a 53-yard run that set up Feely’s game-winning field
On the defensive side of the ball, there was a lot to be happy about.
Rookie OLB Sam Acho registered two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered
Skelton struggles again – John Skelton got his fourth consecutive
start for the injured Kevin Kolb, and struggled for the second straight week.
Skelton completed 12 of 23 passes for 114 yards and threw two
interceptions. In the last two weeks, Skelton has completed 18 of 42
passes for 213 yards and 5 interceptions–a quarterback rating of 19.35.
He struggled on his throws, missing high to several open receivers.
Total Domination – With the victory over the Rams, the Cardinals
have now defeated St. Louis nine times in their last 10 games. It was also
the Cardinals’ 7th straight win in St. Louis. Their last loss at the Edward
Jones Dome happened on opening day of the 2004 season, when the Rams
defeated a Cardinals’ team led by Josh McCown and Emmitt Smith 17-10.