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NFL: Arizona 17, St. Louis 13

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St. Louis Rams Bradley Fletcher (32) tries to slow Arizona Cardinals LaRod Stephens-Howling after a reception in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 12, 2010. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Rams Bradley Fletcher (32) tries to slow Arizona Cardinals LaRod Stephens-Howling after a reception in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 12, 2010. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Derek Anderson found Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone in the fourth quarter Sunday, lifting the Arizona Cardinals to a 17-13 decision over St. Louis.

Anderson, who was named the Cardinals' starting quarterback over former first-round pick Matt Leinart, hit Fitzgerald on a 21-yard scoring strike with 6:13 left to put Arizona up for good. Anderson was 22-of-41 passing for 297 yards on the day.

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Tim Hightower rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and Steve Breaston collected seven receptions for 132 yards for Arizona (1-0).

St. Louis rookie signal-caller Sam Bradford had a mixed NFL debut. The No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma went 32-for-55 with 253 yards and a score, but was plagued by three interceptions.

The final pick-off hurt most, as Arizona intercepted a Bradford pass deep in Cardinals territory within the final 2 minutes.

The Rams were led by Steven Jackson with 81 yards on 22 carries and by Mark Clayton, who hauled down 10 passes for 119 yards.

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