Rams get 1st win in shocker

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Shocking wins have become a matter of course in St. Louis.

A few days after the Cardinals stunned Texas to win the World Series, the Rams pulled off their own surprise, grabbing their first victory this season by upsetting New Orleans 31-21. The decisive win left the NFL with two winless teams, Miami and Indianapolis.

Inspired by their baseball brethren, whose championship was celebrated with a parade later Sunday, the Rams (1-6) got a huge game from Steven Jackson. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa donned a Sam Bradford jersey and Game 7 winner Chris Carpenter went out for the coin toss wearing a Jackson jersey.

Jackson scored two touchdowns and had his first 100-yard rushing game in three seasons, gaining 159 yards on 25 carries, including a 32-yard jaunt on fourth-and-2 to set up his second touchdown that made it 24-0 in the third quarter.

“I think the Cardinals being here was great for the city,” Jackson said. “Whoever showed up today, regardless if the place was empty, today was the day.

“We came out with a mindset we were going to fight.”

Drew Brees barely kept alive his touchdown pass streak in the final seconds a week after throwing five TDs in a 62-7 rout of the Colts. Brees was intercepted twice, with Darian Stewart’s pick and 27-yard return putting the game away with 2:51 to go.

The NFC South-leading Saints (5-3) average an NFL-best 35 points but never got going against a defense ranked near the bottom of the league. The Rams had a season-high six sacks after entering the game with just 11.

Miami led for much of its visit to the New Jersey Meadowlands before the Giants came back for a 20-17 victory, dropping the Dolphins to 0-7.

Indianapolis has gone the Dolphins one better, uh, worse, and is 0-8 after falling at Tennessee 27-10.

Also Sunday, it was Pittsburgh 25, New England 17; Baltimore 30, Arizona 27; Houston 24, Jacksonville 14; Philadelphia 34, Dallas 7; Buffalo 23, Washington 0; San Francisco 20, Cleveland 10; Detroit 45, Denver 10; Cincinnati 34, Seattle 12; and Minnesota 24, Carolina 21.

San Diego is at Kansas City on Monday night.

Off this week were Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Atlanta, Oakland and the New York Jets.

Giants 20, Dolphins 17

Miami held a 14-3 lead and was in front until 5:58 to play, when Eli Manning threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz. Manning hit 31 of 45 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns in rallying the Giants. Mario Manningham caught the other touchdown, a 7-yard play that got New York (5-2) back into the game late in the first half.

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