Rams vs. Cardinals 2012: Steven Jackson, Janoris Jenkins lead St. Louis to victory

Christian Petersen

The St. Louis Rams won for the first time in six games on Sunday thanks to a big performance by the rookie cornerback and veteran running back.

The St. Louis Rams ended a five-game winless streak on Sunday, beating the Arizona Cardinals 31-17 on the road thanks to big performances by rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins and running back Steven Jackson.

Trailing 17-14 after halftime, the Rams pulled away in the second half thanks to a dominant third quarter that was capped by Jenkins' second interception return for a touchdown of the game. Jenkins had opened the scoring for the Rams in the second quarter with a 36-yard pick-six, the first of four interceptions tossed by Arizona's rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley.

Steven Jackson also had a big day for the Rams offense, something that EddieP of Turf Show Times says needs to be acknowledged:

So you think Steven Jackson is done, huh? The man himself proved you wrong - racking up 139 yards on 24 carries for an average of 5.8 yards per carry. A big chunk of those yards, 46, came on a big run. The only thing that eluded the big man in this game was a touchdown.

The Rams will next take on the powerful San Francisco 49ers, at home on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 12 p.m. CT.

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