Mike Williams just reached 117 yards on the day, the most he has ever put up in a single game. He has done so on five receptions, his long going for 61 yards and a touchdown. It is the third game this season in which Williams has broken the 100-yard mark.
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.
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.
Just three plays after their 80-yard touchdown pass, the St. Louis offense will take the field again.
On a third-and-four play, CB Trumaine Johnson stepped in front of a short Freeman pass.
The Rams will start their drive at the Buccaneers 30-yard line.
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.
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.
The Buccaneers seemed determined to establish Doug Martin and the running attack at the beginning of Sunday’s game against the Rams but, as that had mixed results, ended up dropping back to throw the ball on 20 of their 33 first-half plays. And when Josh Freeman did drop back to throw, he was looking for Vincent Jackson more often than not.
The Bucs’ top receiver was targeted on seven of Freeman’s 17 throws before the break (three of the 20 passing plays resulted in sacks), leading to four receptions for 45 yards. Jackson made several impressive grabs, including a 19-yarder over the middle that converted a third-down try on the game’s opening possession, putting the ball into St. Louis territory and leading to a Connor Barth field goal. He also held on to a 10-yard catch despite taking a huge at the Rams’ seven-yard line, setting up a first-and-goal that the Bucs were unable to convert into a touchdown thanks largely to a false start on the next play.
In the process of making those four receptions, Jackson pushed his career total to 6,025 receiving yards. He is now one of just 20 active players in the NFL with at least 6,000 receiving yards, ranking just behind Deion Branch and Greg Jennings.
Jackson’s 45 receiving yards in the first half gave him 1,271 on the season, and that is already the third-highest total in franchise history. Jackson started the game fifth on that chart but passed Antonio Bryant’s 1,248 in 2008 and Keyshawn Johnson’s 1,266 in 2001.
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.
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.
The Buccaneers orchestrated their second long drive of the game. Again starting from the 20-yard line, this time after the Rams’ interception touchdown, the Buccaneers got things going with an incredible one-armed grab by TE Dallas Clark on third down.
The Buccaneers were then assisted by the defense on a 15-yard facemask penalty. On the next first down play from mid-field, the Rams got to Josh Freeman for the third time this game, the Bucs’ season high in sacks allowed. The play backed them up, but a completion to Vincent Jackson, 5-yard encroachment penalty and quick screen to Mike Williams got the first down at the St. Louis 38.
Doug Martin rumbled for seven yards, but the drive stalled at from there. Connor Barth set up for a 49-yard field goal and drilled it through the uprights, bringing the Buccaneers to within one.
The Rams will get the ball with 5:56 left on in the first half with a 7-6 lead.