Final

Buccaneers 13

(4-11, 1-6 away)

Rams 23

(7-8, 5-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 22, 2013

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
TB 7 3 3 013
STL 0 14 3 623

Top Performers

Passing: K. Clemens (STL) - 158 YDS

Rushing: Z. Stacy (STL) - 33 CAR, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: V. Jackson (TB) - 5 REC, 98 YDS

Zac Stacy runs for 104 yards, TD as Rams defeat Bucs

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ST. LOUIS -- The toughest part of Robert Quinn's day was surviving the ride to the locker room.

"They hoisted me off," the Rams defensive end said. "I was hoping I didn't get dropped."

Quinn got three sacks to break the franchise season record and take the NFL lead, too, as St. Louis beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-13 on Sunday.

Controlling Quinn and the rest of the St. Louis pass rush had been a Tampa Bay priority.

Whoops.

"I'm anxious to watch the tape because I want to see -- with some of the things we had in place -- how the heck they didn't slow them down more than they did," Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said. "We've got to find out why."

Fellow defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes waited just inside the tunnel to the locker room and scooped up the 264-pound Quinn.

"I've never seen anybody like him," Long said. "He deserves it. We don't just carry any jack wagon off the field."

The Rams wore throwback jerseys from their Super Bowl title season and Quinn outdid one of the stars from that team. He has 18 sacks, 1½ more than Houston's Robert Mathis for the league lead, and broke Kevin Carter's mark of 17 in that 1999 Super Bowl season.

"You almost want to peel your eyes back and watch like a fan," defensive tackle Michael Brockers said. "You think, 'How did he do that?'

"You see that flash of 94 go past and you think, 'Oh snap, that quarterback doesn't know what he's in for.' "

The Rams won without left tackle Jake Long, who injured his knee on the first series. Coach Jeff Fisher believes Long tore a right knee ligament, adding, "We are anticipating the worst."

Zac Stacy rushed for 104 yards on 33 carries and a touchdown, and two other rookies also had big games for the Rams (7-8), who matched their victory total from last year. Stedman Bailey scored on a 27-yard reverse, and Alec Ogletree forced two fumbles.

Ogletree stripped Bobby Rainey early in the second quarter. Bailey scored his first career touchdown on the next snap on the reverse to put the Rams up for good at 14-7.

The Buccaneers (4-11) managed just 170 total yards, setting a season low for the second straight week. Vincent Jackson had five catches for 98 yards but Rainey was held to 37 yards on 20 carries and Glennon was 16 of 26 for just 158 yards minus 47 yards on the sacks.

"I did a terrible job of securing the ball, what I'm supposed to, and I put the game on me," Rainey said. "We played behind because of me."

Rainey opened the scoring with a 1-yard run in the first quarter and Stacy scored on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter.

There were thousands of empty seats for an unattractive matchup with attendance announced at 54,423 -- about 12,000 shy of capacity.

James Laurinaitis added two sacks and Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals, including a season-best 54-yarder in the third quarter after Tampa Bay had cut the deficit to a point.

The Buccaneers are 1-6 on the road, the lone win at Detroit that gave them a three-game winning streak overall after an 0-8 start. Tampa Bay finishes at New Orleans next week.

Quinn's first sack helped force the Bucs to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to cut the Rams' lead to 14-10 at the half.

Bailey has gotten involved in the offense the last few weeks and stepped up with Tavon Austin, his former teammate at West Virginia, sidelined for a second straight week by a left ankle injury. The reverse was his first career NFL TD and first rushing since high school, and he had three catches for 44 yards.

"My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree," Bailey said. "It's been a long time, you know."

Bailey was just as prolific as Austin in college, totaling 41 touchdowns in three seasons at West Virginia, but had just two carries for 13 yards.

Game notes


The Rams unsuccessfully challenged the spot after T.J. McDonald sacked Glennon at the 1 on a blitz in the second quarter. ... Rams Hall of Fame tackle Jackie Slater was introduced during a break in the first quarter. ... Bucs rookie DE William Gholston made his first career start. ... Zuerlein is 1 for 2 from 50 yards this year. He was 7 for 13 last year as a rookie, setting a franchise record with a 58-yarder and then breaking it with a 60-yarder at home against Seattle.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TB
STL
1st Downs1418
Passing 1st downs
78
Rushing 1st downs
48
1st downs from Penalties
32
3rd down efficiency
4-146-14
4th down efficiency
1-21-2
Total Plays5660
Total Yards170277
Yards per play3.04.6
Total Drives1210
Passing111148
Comp - Att
16-2616-20
Yards per pass
4.37.4
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks - Yards Lost
7-471-10
Rushing59129
Rushing Attempts
2339
Yards per rush
2.63.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-31-4
Penalties3-267-85
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
22
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:5434:06

Passing Leaders

TBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Glennon16/261586.1007-47
STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Clemens16/201587.9001-10

Rushing Leaders

TBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rainey20371.9111
Page11919.0019
STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stacy331043.2119
Bailey12727.0127

Receiving Leaders

TBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jackson59819.603010
Wright4276.8086
STLRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Bailey34414.70285
Cook22713.50182

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTBSTL
tbTD06:31Bobby Rainey 1 Yd Run (Rian Lindell Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERTBSTL
stlTD13:48Zac Stacy 1 Yd Run (Greg Zuerlein Kick) 77
stlTD12:04Stedman Bailey 27 Yd Run (Greg Zuerlein Kick) 714
tbFG00:00Rian Lindell 35 Yd 1014
THIRD QUARTERTBSTL
tbFG09:23Rian Lindell 32 Yd 1314
stlFG05:08Greg Zuerlein 54 Yd 1317
FOURTH QUARTERTBSTL
stlFG11:15Greg Zuerlein 25 Yd 1320
stlFG03:15Greg Zuerlein 48 Yd 1323

Research Notes

Robert Quinn tied his career high with 3 sacks Sunday and has 18 sacks this season, the most in the NFL and the most in a single season in Rams history.
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