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Silver linings: Rams vs. Cardinals

11/28/2011

The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 2-9 with a 23-20 home defeat to the Arizona Cardinals.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Nick Miller's 88-yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Rams a 7-0 lead. This tied for the third-longest punt return in franchise history. It was the Rams' first punt return for a touchdown since Dante Hall had one against Dallas in 2007.

  • Chris Long collected his 10th sack of the season, a career high. Long and his father, Howie, joined Clay Matthews Sr. and Jr. as the only fathers and sons to record double-digit sack seasons since sacks became an official stat in 1982. Chris Long now has a sack in each of the Rams' last five games, a career-long stretch.

  • Rookie Austin Pettis made a spectacular leaping grab for a 35-yard gain.

  • Former Cardinals cornerback Rod Hood picked off a pass against his former team. Linebacker James Laurinaitis also picked off a pass, while linebacker Brady Poppinga forced and recovered a fumble. Pressure from Gary Gibson set up Laurinaitis' pick.

  • The Rams prevented touchdowns on three of four red zone possessions for Arizona.

  • Rookie first-round draft choice Robert Quinn collected his fifth sack of the season.

  • Sam Bradford threw no interceptions.

  • Receiver Brandon Lloyd's 16-yard scoring reception was his fourth since joining the Rams. He has one touchdown in each of the team's last three games.

  • Safety Darian Stewart now has sacks in back-to-back weeks.

  • The Rams allowed 106 net yards passing.

Looking ahead: The Rams visit the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13.