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Los Angeles Rams 32, Arizona Cardinals 16: December dustup

The Rams handled business against the Cardinals to assure their first winning season since 2003.

Los Angeles Rams DB Lamarcus Joyner
Los Angeles Rams DB Lamarcus Joyner
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On December 13, 2003, members of the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team found Saddam Hussein in a small hole underneath a hut in a small town in central Iraq. Just 15 days later, the St. Louis Rams played the final game of the 2003 regular season, the last season in which they compiled a winning record.

Until today.

In defeating the Arizona Cardinals 32-16, the Rams ensured they would finish with a winning record by improving to 9-3.

It was a sloppy game marred by poor execution early, poor playcalling intermediately and poor finishing touches late.

No matter.

The Rams were game enough to close things out. If they put this behind them and get back to a better brand of football, it’ll be little more than a W in the standings.

But what today represents is far, far, far more important.

It’s the return to a better class of football. To wins. And to the playoffs.

And it’s the first time we’ve gotten to do it at TST.

And it’s been too damn long.