Narrow loss to Rams ‘hard to swallow’ for Cardinals coach Arians

Bruce Arians did not second-guess any of the play-calling late in Sunday's loss.
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Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians didn't learn anything after reviewing game films of Sunday's 24-22 loss to the St. Louis Rams. That didn't make the Cardinals' first defeat any easier to digest.

“Those type of games, we’ve won for two years,” Arians said per the Arizona Republic. “First one we’ve lost like that and it’s a little hard to swallow. Because of the fact we had won so many in the fourth quarter here the last two years, I think we just anticipated we’d make the play in this one and we didn’t get it done.”

The Cardinals never led against the Rams after not trailing in any of their first three games. They converted only once in five trips inside the red zone after scoring 11 touchdowns in 12 trips inside the red zone in their first three victories.

Trailing by two points, Arizona advanced to the Rams' 43-yard line with two minutes to play before Carson Palmer toss three straight incompletions to turn the ball over on downs. Arians said he would have not scripted the final plays any differently.

“Once you start second-guessing yourself, it's time to get out of the business,” Arians said.

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