St. Louis Rams 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13

The St. Louis Rams will be heading home with the victory, defeating the Buccaneers 28-13.

The Buccaneers were the first team to put points on the board after a nearly 10-minute drive ending in a Connor Barth field goal. Barth hit a second field goal in the second quarter and Mike Williams scored from 61 yards out on a pass from Freeman in the third.

Josh Freeman ended the day hitting 30 of 54 passes for 372 yards. He had one touchdown and four interceptions. Freeman’s touchdown pass was his 26th of the season, tying a Buccaneer record. It is also the 77th of his career, tying the franchise record as well.

RB Doug Martin ended the day with 62 yards rushing on 18 carries. He added seven receptions for 57 yards. Freeman also ran the ball four times for 18 yards.

WR Mike Williams led the way for receivers with seven catches for 132 yards, he scored the only Buccaneer touchdown of the night. This game is Williams’ career-high in yardage for a single game. Vincent Jackson also broke the 100-yard mark, ending the day with seven receptions for 108 yards. It is the second game of the season that both receivers have broken 100.

Defensively, Danny Gorrer had the highlight of the game as he intercepted a deep pass from Sam Bradford on their first drive of the game. LB Lavonte David led the team with 9 tackles, all of them solo. He added a pass deflection and tackle for a loss, one of the five by the Buccaneers’ front. Gerald McCoy ended the game with two QB hits.

For the Rams, QB Sam Bradford had 196 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception. He completed just 13 passes all game. One of his touchdowns went for 80 yards to TE Lance Kendricks.

RB Steven Jackson led the charge for the rushing game, carrying the ball 19 times for 81 yards and a score.

TE Lance Kendricks led the team with 119 receiving yards and a score on four catches. WR Chris Givens has 38 yards on three catches while Brandon Gibson had 33 yards on two grabs. WR Austin Pettis had one catch for five yards that ended up in the end zone for the score.

Four Rams had interceptions on the day, CB Janoris Jenkins caught the first, returning it 41 yards for a touchdown. DE Eugene Sims, LB James Laurinaitis and CB Trumaine Johnson also had INTs. Three Rams had double digit tackles, LB Laurinaitis, S Quintin Mikell and LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

Mikell also added a sack on Josh Freeman while DE William Hayes added two and DE Chris Long and DT Kendall Langford had one apiece.

The Buccaneers will close their season on the road in Atlanta next week. On Saturday night, the Falcons clinched home-field advantage and a first-round bye for the playoffs in their defeat of the Detroit Lions.

Bucs Miss on Red Zone Opportunity

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made it down to the Rams’ seven-yard line on a big pass from Freeman to Vincent Jackson for 46 yards.

After three incompletions, down by 15, the Buccaneers opted to go for it on fourth down from within the 10-yard line for the second time today. Freeman completed the pass to Doug Martin who was tackled short of the line at the three.

Jackson’s catch puts him over 100 for the day. This is the second game of the season that both Jackson and Williams have broken the 100-yard mark.

The Bucs turned it over on downs, and the Rams will begin from the three-yard line.

 

Mike Williams Touchdown Brings Score to 28-13

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers found the end zone in the style that Buccaneer fans are becoming used to this season. Mike Williams found himself wide open, streaking from left to right across mid-field. Josh Freeman let it go and hit Williams in stride.

Williams turned it up field, made a move on the Rams safety and took it in for a 61-yard score.

The TD pass is Freeman’s 22nd of the year, tying a franchise record. It is also Freeman’s career 77th TD. He is now tied for first among Buccaneer quarterbacks all time. The catch is Williams’ 8th touchdown of the season.

Austin Pettis TD Grab Makes it 28-6

With 10:47 left in the third quarter, the Buccaneers now find themselves in a 22-point hole.

After getting the ball at the Buccaneers’ 30-yard line, the Rams found themselves on a third-and-three. Bradford his Danny Amendola for just the second time of the day, converting the first down.

Three plays later, from the five-yard line, Sam Bradford dropped back and found his slot receiver Austin Pettis in the middle of the end zone for the score.

Rams Quickly Make it 21-6

On the first play of the second half, QB Sam Bradford hit a wide open TE Lance Kendricks about 15 yards down the middle. Kendricks turned up the field and took it 80 yards for the score.

The Buccaneers will get the ball with 14:46 left in the third quarter, now looking to cut into the 15-point deficit.

Halftime Stats: Rams 14 – Bucs 6

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers trail the St. Louis Rams 14-6 at the half. The Rams have found the end zone twice, once on a defensive touchdown by CB Janoris Jenkins, the other on a five-yard dive by Steven Jackson. Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth has landed both of his field goal attempts.

For the Rams, Sam Bradford has connected on 50% of his passes for 96 yards and one interception. Steven Jackson has eight carries for 30 yards and a score to close out the half. TE Lance Kendricks leads the Rams with three receptions for 33 yards. WR Brandon Gibson has two grabs for 33 yards.

Defensively, James Laurinaitis leads the team with eight total tackles. He and CB Janoris Jenkins each have an interception as well. Quintin Mikell, Chris Long and Kendall Langford have all registered sacks.

For the Buccaneers, QB Josh Freeman has 100 yards passing, hitting on 11 of his 17 passes. He has two interceptions in the game.

Doug Martin leads the rushing attack with 31 yards on 11 carries. Vincent Jackson is the leading receiver with four catches of 45 yards. Mike Williams is second on the team with two receptions and 20 yards.

CB Leonard Johnson came up with an interception in the beginning of the second quarter. LB Lavonte David leads the team in tackles.

The Rams will begin the second half with the ball after the Buccaneer kickoff. The defense will look to force their second three-and-out of the game and give their offense another chance to find the end zone.

Steven Jackson Crosses Goal Line, 14-6 Rams

The St. Louis Rams put seven more on the board right before halftime. All 14 of their points have come off of turnovers.

The drive started with 3:30 left in the half when Steven Jackson took the handoff from the 35-yard line. By the two-minute warning, the offense had reached the Buccaneer 32.

A 13-yard pass brought them into the red zone where it was eventually cleaned up by Steven Jackson again, who took it into the end zone from five-yards out.

The Rams Lead 14-6 with just over thirty seconds left in the half.

 

LB James Laurinaitis Interception Give Rams the Ball

The Buccaneers saw their best field position of the game and looked to put up more points before the halftime buzzer rang.

The offense managed a first down on a Freeman-to-Williams connection over the middle good for 13-yards. But on the ensuing first-down play, Freeman threw the ball to Vincent Jackson in a crowd, where LB James Laurinaitis came down with it.

It is Freeman’s second interception of the game. The Rams will start with 3:30 left on the clock at their own 35-yard line.