Week 10 Opponent: St. Louis Rams

Rams blow seven-point fourth quarter lead, lose to Cardinals in OT to fall to 1-7.

After the previous week's win over New Orleans, the St. Louis Rams believed they would use that as a springboard to establish some credibility in the weeks ahead despite their 1-6 record entering Sunday's game against Arizona.

And, for a while, it appeared everything was going the Rams' way. For the first time this season, they had come back to tie and go head of their opponent after falling behind.

Two third-quarter safeties on successive plays had given them a 13-6 lead on a day where the defense was stopping the Cardinals consistently. But, it all fell apart in an explicable span of 6:48 of the fourth quarter and overtime.

Special teams, which had been one positive even through the first six losses of the season, experienced a colossal meltdown as the potential winning field goal was blocked on the final play of regulation and the game was lost on a 99-yard punt return by rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson.

The game against the Cardinals was the first of a stretch of four games that included Arizona, Cleveland, Seattle and Arizona again.

Kicker Josh Brown made three field goals earlier in the game, including one from 48 yards, but 6-8 defensive end Calais Campbell was able to block the final 42-yard kick.

With a trip to Cleveland on the horizon this week, Brown was asked how the team can recover.

"I don't know," he said. "You just have to keep playing. Plain and simple, you just have to continue to do your job. You do what the coaches ask. There's really nothing you can really do to adjust. We didn't play as well as we would've liked at certain times and we had opportunities to win the game, and in the end, you gotta be able to cover punts, you gotta be able to make kicks and block for kicks, and you gotta be able to score touchdowns."

Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis seemed shocked at how the game ended.

"I've never been a part of one that ended like that," he said. "Just frustrating, but this team fought and will continue to fight. We didn't take advantage of the opportunities that we had to really seal the game. We'll look at it tomorrow and we'll figure it out and get back to work, but this one definitely stings."

"There's some good things in this film that we can look at, and there's some stuff that we definitely need to improve. It's going to hurt until we get out there and practice on Wednesday and really put our full focus on Cleveland. But this one definitely hurts."

LINEUP WATCH: Quarterback Sam Bradford didn't practice for significant time until Friday, but he started and played the entire game after missing two games with a high ankle sprain. Afterward, Bradford acknowledged that his ankle was "pretty sore," but added, "I kind of knew that coming into the game. I expected it to be a little sore. I don't think it's anything major."

BY THE NUMBERS: Punter Donnie Jones was having an outstanding game with four punts dropped inside the 20 and a net of 45.0 after his first six punts. But the seventh was returned 99 yards for the winning touchdown, and his net dropped to 32.1.



--WR Greg Salas suffered a fractured fibula in the fourth quarter and will miss the rest of the season. Salas had been having consistent production and had seven receptions for 59 yards against Arizona.

--WR Brandon Gibson suffered an injury to his quad against Arizona, but his status going forward is unknown.

--DT Gary Gibson suffered a hip injury early in the fourth quarter, which left the Rams shorthanded because Darell Scott was inactive because of a concussion.

--TE Lance Kendricks left the game with a foot injury in the second quarter. X-ray did not show a crack, but Kendricks would have an MRI Monday.

--LB Josh Hull was sidelined by a hamstring injury against the Cardinals.

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