(FootballStL) -- Looking to make a big first impression on the St. Louis faithful, Jared Cook wanted a better start after his first quarter fumble near the end zone cost the Rams an early lead.
Sam Bradford locked up with his newest tight end on a cut across the middle for a 47-yard grab. As Cook was racing to the end zone, safety Tyrann Mathieu made a last second attempt to punch the ball out from his arm at the seven-yard line. Karlos Dansby recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a touchback. The would-be touchdown went for naught.
“That’s never something you want to happen,” Cook said. “I wish I had that one back. It’s just part of the game.”
The Cardinals scored on the next possession which spanned into the second quarter for a 7-0 lead.
But it was all Cook after that.
Cook capitalized with a touchdown leaping toward the pylon with 26 seconds remaining in the half. The play went under review, but was upheld after it was determined that Cook reached into the end zone for the score. The 13-yard touchdown was part of a 12-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game 10-10 at the half.
A play action fake on the one-yard line was successful as Cook was all alone in the back of the end zone for his second touchdown of the game, and the first multi-score game of his career, in the fourth quarter. The score was followed by a two-point conversion to trim the Cardinals lead to 24-21.
Two field goals from Greg Zuerlein capped the Rams fourth quarter comeback for a 27-24 season opener win in front of 55,279 fans. The first season opening win for the Rams since 2006.
Cook, who signed a 5-year, $35 million deal this offseason with St. Louis, finished the game with seven receptions for 141 yards.
When asked whether he wanted to come out to showcase his talents after being not utilized as much with the Tennessee Titans, Cook replied, “Most definitely, most definitely. Coach (Schottenheimer) did a heck of a job. There’s a lot of guys on this offense that contributed. It was awesome.”