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Arians: Rams had been reading their press clippings

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Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians watched his team all but wrap up a playoff spot with a gutsy 12-6 victory in St. Louis on Thursday night. And then he kept taking shots at the Rams.

"I love it when nobody says you have a chance to win. There is an 11-3 team and a team that is always 8-8," Arians said. "You figure it out."

This was the 2014 Cardinals season in a nutshell. They lost their starting quarterback Drew Stanton to a knee injury in the second half and found a way to win. Stanton suffered a sprained right knee, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, and is week to week. The Cardinals now might have to move forward with Ryan Lindley or Logan Thomas at quarterback.

Arizona was without Tyrann Mathieu and countless other injured defenders, but they forced five straight three-and-outs to start the second half. The Rams' offense had no answer for the Cards' blitzes.

"Everybody wanted to talk all that stuff about how great their defense is. I think they saw a good defense tonight, it was in red and white," Arians said before talking about his team's 143 rushing yards. "We blocked them. I think they had been reading their press clippings way too much."

Man, we love Arians. We need more Arians and we'll get him in the playoffs, no matter who is at quarterback.

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