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Cards Set to Try and Clinch the West vs the Rams

The Cardinals return to University of Phoenix Stadium to resume division play with a game against the St. Louis Rams. A victory would give Arizona its first-ever NFC West title and the team’s first division championship since ’75 in St. Louis.

The Cards look to bounce back from a pair of tough games within a 4-day span against NFC East teams. On Nov. 27, they hosted the Super Bowl champion Giants and fell 37-29. Arizona then traveled across the country for a Thanksgiving night showdown at Philadelphia where they lost 48-20.

The Cards can clinch this Sunday with either a home win over the Rams or a 49ers loss to the visiting Jets.

The Rams head to Arizona at 2-10 and are coming off a 16-12 loss to Miami last Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Cards & Rams met a little over a month ago in St. Louis where Arizona notched a 34-13 win. The Cardinals have won four straight vs. the Rams, their longest win streak since the series began in 1946.

Sunday’s game will be Arizona’s penultimate divisional game of the year (regular season finale vs. Seattle) and the team is 4-0 in NFC West play so far in 2008. Going back to 1967 when the NFL expanded to 16 teams and the Cardinals entered the Century Division (with the Browns, Giants & Steelers) the only time the team went undefeated in division play was in 1968 (5-0-1).

Lastly, the team will hold alumni weekend surrounding this week’s game vs. the Rams and former quarterback Jim Hart will serve as honorary captain. Hart was the team’s starting QB when it last won a division title in 1975.

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