December 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa, FL-- The St. Louis Rams handed the Bucs their 5th straight loss, 28-13.
Josh Freeman was 30 of 54 passing for 372 yards and a touchdown. But he threw four interceptions for the second game in a row, and three of them resulted in touchdowns.
Both Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams had seven catches for over 100 yards, and Williams had a TD catch. Doug Martin had 18 rushes for 62 yards.
The Bucs breathed a little life into the game when, midway through the 3rd, Josh Freeman hit a wide-open Mike Williams with a 61-yard touchdown to make it 28-13.
But minutes later, on a 4th and 1 deep in Rams' territory, Freeman came up short on a QB sneak.
Freeman threw his 3rd interception of the game early in the 3rd. Trumaine Johnson returned it to the 30.
The Rams scored on a Sam Bradford-Austin Pettis 5 yard hookup. That made it 28-6.
On the first play from scrimmage in the 3rd quarter, Sam Bradford hit tight end Lance Kendricks over the middle, and he dashed 80 yards for the touchdown. That made it 21-6.
Josh Freeman threw two interceptions in the first half, and both resulted in touchdowns. Freeman has now thrown 6 picks in his last 6 quarters. His 1st half stats, 11-17 passing for 100 yards, and the 2 picks.
Vincent Jackson has 4 receptions for 45 yards.
Sam Bradford is 8-16 passing, for 96 yards, and a pick in the end zone by Danny Gorrer.
Stephen Jackson rushed for a 5 yard touchdown, with :32 left in the half, to give the Rams a 14-6 lead. That score was set up by a James Laurinaitis interception of Freeman.
Connor Barth booted his second field goal of the game, a 49-yarder, with 5:56 left. It was 7-6 Rams.
Rams' cornerback Janoris Jenkins, former Florida Gator, returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown, early in the 2nd quarter, to give the Rams a 7-3 lead. That was Jenkins' 4th touchdown of the season.
Connor Barth kicked a 29-yard field goal, to end a long 9:37 drive to start the game.
That was the only possession for the Bucs in the 1st quarter. The Rams had just one possession as well.