Cardinals beat Rams 34-10, clinch NFC WestPosted: Updated:
GLENDALE -- The Arizona Cardinals have gone from chumps to champs in the NFC West.
Kurt Warner threw for 279 yards, the defense scored twice and the Cardinals clinched their first division title in 33 years by beating the woeful St. Louis Rams 34-10 on Sunday.
The Cardinals, long the league's doormat franchise with just one winning season in the last 24 years, earned their first playoff berth since 1998 and first divisional title since they won the NFC East in 1975. As NFC West champions, they will host a playoff game for the first time since, as the Chicago Cardinals, they defeated Philadelphia to win the NFL title in 1947.
Arizona's defense scored both of the team's second-half touchdowns, including a team record-tying 99-yard interception return by rookie Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with 3:11 to play.
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