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On this Day in Arizona Cardinals History: December 30, 2007

The Arizona Cardinals were in a bad place at the end of the 2007 season. They were 8-7, not good enough to make the playoffs but not bad enough to get a top draft pick. They were set to play against the St.Louis Rams after going 2-2 in their previous four games.

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The Rams were having a horrible season. They were 3-12 heading into the final game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Blowout

The Arizona Cardinals started the game off great. They scored on three of their first four possessions. The order went field goal, punt, touchdown, touchdown.

The Rams were able to score on their first drive but didn’t score again until a minute left in the second quarter. The Cardinals were up 24-6 at halftime.

The game did not get any better in the second half. The Cardinals scored another 24 points while the Rams were able to score points but not make it close. Arizona won the game 48-19.

The Stars of the Game

Kurt Warner had a great game for the Cardinals. He passed for 300 yards, completed 23 of his 39 passes, threw three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Edgerrin James ran for 102 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. The leading receiver was Larry Fitzgerald, who finished the game with 11 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

Marc Bulger went 13/25 for 176 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Steven Jackson had 18 carries for 55 yards. Torry Holt led the team in receiving yards with 93 yards on seven receptions.

The Momentum

The Rams finished the 2007 season with a record of 3-13. The next year was even worse as they went 2-14.

The Cardinals finished the 2007 season with a record of 8-8. The next year they went 9-7 but made a playoff run to the Superbowl. Maybe the end of the 2007 season was what they needed heading into 2008. Maybe this “meaningless” game meant more than history has shown.

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