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Rams vs. Cardinals final score: Arizona wins 30-10 behind defense and Fitzgerald

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Defense dominates, Fitz shows strong hands in keeping the Cardinals within playoff reach.

Ralph Freso

The Cardinals narrative this week was a supposedly weakened, elbow -injured Carson Palmer trying to steer Arizona into the playoff chase after last week's loss to the the Philadelphia Eagles.

Consider the the dramatic angle as cut, set and print. The team lives on for another week.

Palmer went from questionable during the week  to 27-32 for 269 yards, with 12 of the catches going to Larry Fitzgerald for a tough 96 yards and Karlos Dansby had a Pick 6  while John Abraham a safety, as the Cardinals picked up their first NFC West division win after 8 losses with a 30-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The team remains behind  the San Francisco 49ers for a wildcard spot with three games to play.

Dansby had his second interception returned for a touchdown in three weeks with a 23 yarder and Abraham passed Hall of Famer New York Giant Lawrence Taylor for ninth on the all-time list with his 3 sacks.

Fitzgerald made several tough short receptions in crowds to finish with his highest game reception total since 10/18 2009 with 13 - which he has done twice.

In the first half, Palmer completed 16 of 17 for 169 yards and a touchdown and would have had another TD had Jim Dray not fumbled the ball at the half-yard line.

Tyrann Mathieu, who has performed extremely well this season and has picked up Pro Bowl votes as a unlisted candidate suffered what could be a left ACL tear late in the fourth quarter, medical updates upcoming.

Arizona (8-5) will play at the (5-8) Tennessee Titans next week.