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Rams vs. Buccaneers: Running Blog

Posted by nickwagoner on December 23, 2012 – 4:39 PM

TAMPA, Fla. –

Fourth Quarter

– Three and out again for the Rams. Not a good way to finish this thing off.

– Tampa takes over at its 31.

– More big plays from Tampa puts it in good shape at the Rams’ 6 as Jackson has a 46-yard catch and run.

– Three straight incompletions made it fourth and goal at the 6.

– The Rams got yet another stop on fourth down pinned deep when Doug Martin caught a short pass from Freeman and was dropped for a gain of 3, 3 yards short of the end zone.

– The Rams offense takes over at its 3. They need a solid, time-consuming drive here to help put this one away with 12:08 to go.

– Who else but Jackson to get it done and possibly go over the 1,000 mark for the season?

– He ripped off runs of 6, 19, 7 and 2 yards but a third and 1 pass fell incomplete and the Rams punted it away from their 37.

– Jackson needs 15 more yards to get to 1,000 for the season.

– The Bucs take over at their 16.

– Big interception on a deflection for DE Eugene Sims. Rams take over at Tampa’s 39.

– Jackson loses 2 on first down.

– A screen lost 5 and the Rams will punt. Not a good drive there, had a chance to get 3 more and potentially make it a three-possession game.

– Tampa dinking and dunking its way down the field for a first down to the Rams’ 29.

– Defense gets another stop.

– Rams can milk this one out now, a chance for Jackson to get his 17 yards.

– They can’t quite run out the clock. Two Jackson runs netted 7 yards and made it third and 3 with 2:15 to go.

– Jackson stopped for no gain.

– Tampa gets it back under the two-minute warning.

– A sack for Williams Hayes on first down.

– Freeman overthrows on second down.

– Rams get it back at Tampa’s 31 and can run it out.

– That will do it. Rams win it 28-13 and improve to 7-7-1 on the year. They have won four of five.

Third Quarter

– The Rams get it first and start from their 20.

– On the first play, Bradford hit a wide open Kendricks over the middle. He caught it and raced 80 yards for a TD with help of a terrific block by Amendola that took out two defenders.

– The Rams lead 21-6.

– On third and 4 from their 26, Freeman fired an interception into the arms of rookie CB Trumaine Johnson, who made a great read and break on the ball for the pick, the third of the day for the Rams.

– The Rams have it back at Tampa’s 30.

– Richardson runs for 6 on first down to the 24 and gains 1 on second to make it third-and-3.

– Bradford hits Amendola for 8 and a first down to the 15.

– He follows with 10 more to Givens for a first down at the 5.

– Two plays later, Bradford hit Austin Pettis for 5 yards and a touchdown. Rams lead 28-6.

– Tampa gets it back at its 21.

– Four plays into the drive, the Bucs strike back as Freeman hits a wide open Mike Williams for 61 yards and a touchdown.

– Rams lead 28-13 with 8:50 to go in the third.

– They start from their 6 after another special teams penalty.

– Rams go three and out after a holding penalty wiped out a 10-yard run by Jackson.

– Hekker’s punt goes 57 yards and the Bucs start from their 31.

– Tampa worked its way down the field with big passing plays as Williams continues to make big gains with 20 and 16.

– At the Rams’ 5, the Bucs had two plays to get a first down to the 4 and the Rams shut them down, including a fourth-down sneak by Freeman that came up well short.

– Rams get it back at their 5.

– They go three and out again, punting from their 8 after a third down incompletion for Gibson.

– Tampa starts again from the Rams 43 after yet another bad special teams penalty, this time unsportsmanlike conduct.

– Freeman’s deep shot for Jackson fell incomplete on first down.

– Rams defense gets a three and out and they get it back at their 18.

– At the end of three, the Rams lead 28-13.

Second Quarter

– After a 13-yard strike to Givens to the 31, Bradford fired deep for Amendola on a double move but Tampa CB Danny Gorrer didn’t bite and made the interception in the end zone.

– Tampa takes over at its 20.

– A 5-yard sack by Kendall Langford pushed the Bucs back to their 25 after a first down.

– On third and 15, Freeman was pressured and floated a pass toward the left sideline. Rookie CB Janoris Jenkins jumped on it and took it 41 yards for a touchdown.

– It’s Jenkins’ fourth touchdown of the season and third pick-6.

– Greg Zuerlein’s extra point makes it 7-3 Rams with 11:46 to go in the second quarter.

– Tampa starts again from its 20.

– Buoyed by a 15-yard facemask penalty and an offsides penalty, the Bucs got into Rams territory but stalled with an incompletion on third and 3 at the 31.

– Barth hit again, this time from 49 yards out to make it 7-6 Rams with 5:56 to go in the second quarter.

– Rams go three and out from their 20. Tampa gets it back at its 36.

– The Bucs moved into Rams territory on a 13-yard completion to Mike Williams.

– On first down from the Rams’ 49, Freeman fired over the middle for Jackson but LB James Laurinaitis dropped deep and stepped in front for an interception.

– The Rams get it back at their 35.

– Jackson ripped off a gain of 12 on first down to the St. Louis 47. After a 2-yard run, Bradford hit TE Lance Kendricks for 19 yards down the left sideline.

– At the two minute warning, the Rams have it at Tampa’s 32.

– On third and 10, Bradford stood strong in the pocket and hit Gibson for 13 yards and a first down to Tampa’s 19.

– Two plays later, Bradford found Kendricks for 13 yards to the 5.

– On the next play, Jackson lowered his head and snaked his way for a touchdown. The Rams lead 14-6 with 32 seconds to go.

– At the end of the first half, the Rams lead 14-6. They’ll get the ball first to open the second half.

First Quarter

– The Rams won the toss and elected to defer.

– The Bucs methodically worked their way down the field, led by WR Vincent Jackson, who has three catches for 38 yards on the possession.

– A 6-yard sack by DE Chris Long with the ball at the Rams’ 12 pushed Tampa back and ultimately forced a field goal.

– Connor Barth converts for the Bucs, who take a 3-0 lead with 5:22 to go in the first.

– The Rams start their first drive from the 20.

– On second down from there, Danny Amendola caught a pass in the flat, was hit and fumbled and the Bucs recovered but the recovery wasn’t for long as the ball came loose again.

– Rams LG Robert Turner recovered to give the Rams a new life and first down at their own 5 because of the possession change.

– A nice, methodical drive of their own with a 20-yard completion to Gibson and 14 to Givens were the keys.

– The Rams have a second and 7 at Tampa’s 44 at the end of the first quarter.

– At the end of one extremely fast quarter, the Bucs lead 3-0.

Pregame Notes

– Greetings from Raymond James Stadium where the Rams and Bucs cling to the thinnest of playoff hopes but both look to rebound from disappointing losses last week.

– Temperatures here are hovering in the 50s but you’d think it’s frigid by how the locals are reacting. They are all bundled up, guess they aren’t used to mild temps.

– One quick roster note, CB Quinton Pointer has been brought back to the active roster. He takes the spot vacated by G Harvey Dahl, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

– On the inactive front, no major surprises.

– Here’s the list: QB Austin Davis, RB Terrance Ganaway, DT Matt Conrath, T Joe Barksdale, WR Steve Smith, TE Cory Harkey and LB Sammy Brown.

– The Rams are wearing white tops on blue pants today.

– CB Cortland Finnegan was questionable entering today but is active and expected to play.

– It’s been announced that Shelley Smith will start for Dahl at RG but don’t be shocked if Chris Williams gets the start or at least splits time.

– The Bucs inactives are CB LeQuan Lewis, RB Michael Smith, G Roger Allen, WR Chris Owusu, WR David Douglas, DT Corey Irvin, DT Matthew Masifilo.

– Stay tuned for updates throughout the game.

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3 Responses to “Rams vs. Buccaneers: Running Blog”

  1. By Paul on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Solid 1st half for the defense and special teams. Offense like most games. Needs to continue to win the field position and we need deeper drives to get Greg the leg in position to kick some field goals

  2. By Paul on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Game might not be exciting, but it’s looking like a win so far.

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