ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 2: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 2 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

St. Louis Rams Lose Wild One Against Arizona Cardinals As Time Expires

Sam Bradford throws 55 passes in a wild regular season debut.

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Week One Recap: Arizona Cardinals At St. Louis Rams

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Derek Anderson upstaged Sam Bradford’s NFL debut as he threw the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Arizona a 17-13 win over St. Louis at Edward Jones Dome.

Anderson, who was named the starter after the retirement of Kurt Warner and the release of former first-round pick Matt Leinart, went 22-for-41 with 297 yards and a touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald for the Cardinals (1-0), who have won consecutive NFC West titles.

Tim Hightower had 13 carries for 54 yards and a score and added four receptions for 40 yards while Steve Breaston had seven catches for 132 yards for Arizona, who beat Green Bay in the playoff opener last season but then fell to New Orleans in the next round.

Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft out of Oklahoma, went 32-for-55 with 253 yards and a score, but threw three interceptions, including one in the final two minutes with St. Louis deep in Arizona territory.

Steven Jackson had 22 carries for 81 yards while Mark Clayton had 10 catches for 119 yards for the Rams (0-1), who finished last season with a mark of 1-15 and were 6-42 over the past three season.

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St. Louis Rams Lose Wild One Against Arizona Cardinals As Time Expires

One thing is for certain, after the St. Louis Rams’ week one loss to the Arizona Cardinals: This team isn’t about to hide Sam Bradford in his rookie season. For all the talk of shoulder problems their franchise quarterback took 55 passing attempts in Sunday’s 17-13 loss, including a last-second heave that ended in his third interception of the night.

Bradford finished 32-for-55 with 253 yards passing, one touchdown, and three interceptions. After a slow start he seemingly hit his stride in the second half, before throwing a crucial interception in the fourth quarter. Newcomer Mark Clayton was his favorite target, making a career-high 10 receptions for 119 yards. Steven Jackson, apparently fully recovered from offseason back surgery, took 22 carries for 81 yards.

The Rams tied the game at 10 as time expired but couldn’t quite recover from the Cardinals’ fourth quarter touchdown.

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St. Louis Rams Update: Sam Bradford Ties Game With First Touchdown Pass As Time Expires

No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford tossed his first career touchdown pass as time expired in the first half of the St. Louis Rams’ week one game with the Arizona Cardinals, tying things at 10-10.

Bradford made the one yard completion his first connection with Laurent Robinson. Earlier in the drive he completed a 39-yard pass to Mark Clayton, who’s seen most of the passing action today. Steven Jackson received eight carries for 47 yards in the first half.

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St. Louis Rams Week One: Arizona Cardinals On Board First, Lead 3-0

The Arizona Cardinals got on the board first in the second quarter of the St. Louis Rams’ home opener. Jay Feely kicked a 22 yard field goal to put the Cardinals up 3-0 with 14 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

The St. Louis Rams have had chances early—after Bradley Fletcher recovered a fumble in the first quarter they had a field goal blocked. Sam Bradford is 5-8 with 34 yards passing and one interception in his debut.

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St. Louis Rams' Brandon Gibson Inactive For Week One

ESPN’s Mike Sando reports that Brandon Gibson, who had a chance to compete for a starting job in the wake of the Donnie Avery injury, has been named inactive for week one’s contest against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Week One: St. Louis Rams Send Sam Bradford To Debut Against Arizona Cardinals

The St. Louis Rams will get their first regular season glimpse of No. 1 overall draft pick and franchise quarterback Sam Bradford Sunday afternoon as they take on the Arizona Cardinals in a sold-out Edward Jones Dome.

In addition to Bradford, the Rams have newly acquired wide receiver Mark Clayton and running back Steven Jackson, recovering from off-season back surgery, to wonder about. Jackson received limited playing time in the preseason but insists he’s 100%; meanwhile, Clayton looks to pick up the slack left by Donnie Avery, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in a preseason victory against the New England Patriots.

(Both are speed merchants, stretched as number ones, and have problems catching the ball, so the Rams certainly got as close to Avery as they could on short notice.)

The Arizona Cardinals will get a first taste of the result of their much-publicized quarterback duel, which led to the release of former golden boy Matt Leinart in favor of chronically inaccurate former Brown Derek Anderson.

The action begins at 3:15 CDT. After a brief flirtation with a disastrous week one blackout, the first game of the rest of the St. Louis Rams’ life will be televised locally.

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