GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 03: Arizona Cardinals Safety Budda Baker # 36 tackles wide receiver Pharoh Cooper # 10 of the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of the game. NFL at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
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Many things were learned on Sunday regarding the Arizona Cardinals. First of all, it's time to plan now for 2017.
The Los Angeles Rams swept the Arizona Cardinals this season by finishing a 32-16 sweep in Glendale on Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Too many mistakes once again and against good teams like the Rams, mistakes must be limited.
The Rams jumped to a 16-0 lead from the start. For the Cardinals' credit they came back as close as 16-13 before the Rams added a field goal just before halftime.
The Cardinals were able to establish a running game with Kerwynn Williams in the first half, something that was missing in the first game in London. However, the Rams were too tough and made adjustments at halftime to be a factor in the end.
Williams replaced the injured Adrian Peterson, who was dealing with a neck injury. Williams, dealing with his own rib injury, ran the ball 16 times for 97 yards. Of those 97 yards, 86 of them came in the first half.
The Cardinals flipped the ball twice in the first half. The Rams even returned the favor once, but ended up with more than one in the battle for turnover on Sunday.
Outside the first road interception for Rams quarterback Jared Goff this season, it was very good. He went 21-31 for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Runner Todd Gurley carried the ball 19 times for 74 yards.
The loss leaves the Cardinals at 5-7 and all eliminated from the playoff race. Mathematically, they are still alive, but the reality is that the scarcer hopes they had before Sunday now fade away.
The Rams' victory puts them in 9-3 and gives them their first winning season since 2003. They continue the march toward the postseason.
Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw a touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald, but his two interceptions hurt. One of them was returned for a touchdown by Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree.
Gabbert will start for the Cardinals from here on out. It's time to see what they have and who they can depend on to move forward since the planning of the 2018 season can have full effect now.