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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 34, Rams 10


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Cardinals are finally NFC West champions and they won't be apologizing for taking longer than expected to wrap up the division title.

Handing the Rams their 11th defeat in 13 games doesn't suddenly remake the Cardinals into an NFC favorite. But with a 5-1 record at University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona takes renewed confidence into its Week 15 home game against the Vikings.

Arizona continued to struggle running the football from a numbers standpoint despite enjoying moderate success on its opening drive. But with Kurt Warner completing better than 70 percent of his passes, the passing game appears closer to finding a rhythm.

The Cardinals will need more of the same against the Vikings, particularly if Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams continue to elude an NFL suspension.

The Vikings and Cardinals are fighting for the third seed in the NFC race. The outcome of their game could determine which team would face the top seed in the division round, should either team prevail in a first-round game.