Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, second in National Football League history in receptions and yards receiving, caught six passes for 56 yards. Rams safety Taylor Rapp scored as many points (6) as the entire Cardinals offense.
"It always will be and always has been about how you respond", Goff said. It's part of our mentality, part of our attitude, is that bad stuff happens, nobody's ideal, but how do you respond? "He distributed the ball and guys made some plays. I didn't call a very good game and we didn't execute a very good game". Goff, Woods and Tyler Higbee all had their best games of the season, leading the Rams to victory in Week 13. Todd Gurley appeared to get back on track this week, rushing for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona has certainly turned out to be more competitive than originally expected this season, but also Los Angeles is on the verge of hitting desperation mode, meaning they could finally come out firing in this one. "We're not just here to go through the motions and lose". "Everyone was making plays and consistent".
Arizona (3-8-1) had been building momentum through much of the season until the Rams came to town. They've lost five straight games.
"You can look at every phase, we didn't do what we had to do", Cardinals offensive lineman Justin Pugh said. "We have to take that one on the chin and be very critical on the film".
Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray was not exempt from the team's struggles Sunday, turning in perhaps his worst showing of the year. You could see how capable he is as a run blocker, and then when he gets his opportunities, he shows up in the passing game. He ran for a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter but was sacked three times in the first half after he was unable to avoid pressure he often sidesteps. The first game all year I didn't think we competed like we're able to. "I know offensively, we just couldn't get a flow of the game". David Johnson showed some signs of running like football like his old self but was limited to 28 yards on four carries. "Our defense needs to play better than last time".