Cardinals deny Rams' No. 1 pick
ST. LOUIS — The Sam Bradford era began with promise. Then Larry Fitzgerald spoiled it.
The Cardinals' Pro Bowl receiver, mostly held in check after limited work in the preseason because of a knee injury, had a go-ahead 21-yard touchdown with 6:13 left, rescuing a sloppy opener. Arizona lost four fumbles.
"We've got a ways to go," Fitzgerald said. "I've got to get my body together first. We're glad to get a win and get out of here."
Steve Breaston caught seven passes for a career-best 132 yards and made a touchdown-saving play in the third quarter that would have put the Rams up by 10 points, stripping defensive lineman Clifton Ryan just short of the end zone after a fumble.
Bradford, named the starter a week ago after two impressive preseason efforts, was 32-of-55 for 253 yards and three interceptions.
"Obviously, I'm disappointed about the loss," Bradford said. "I thought I handled some things well, didn't handle some things well."