Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/24/12
TAMPA -- The St. Louis Rams' defense stifled the ailing Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sacking Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman five times and intercepting four of his passes in a 28-13 win Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The Rams defense intercepted Freeman four times, three times capitalizing with touchdowns. Early the second quarter, Janoris Jenkins intercepted a Freeman pass and took the return 41 yards for a touchdown. The rookie cornerback's fourth defensive score of the season put St. Louis on top 7-3, and the Rams (7-7-1) never trailed again. With 3:38 left in the first half, Freeman attempted to hit Vincent Jackson underneath but was picked off by James Laurinaitis at the St. Louis 35-yard line. At the end of a nine-play drive, Steven Jackson took an inside handoff 5 yards, lunging his body across the goal line for a touchdown that put the Rams up 14-6 just before halftime. Rookie cornerback Trumaine Johnson stepped in front of Mike Williams on an in-route early in the third quarter, intercepting Freeman at the Tampa Bay 30. Six plays later, Sam Bradford connected with Austin Pettis over the middle for a 5-yard touchdown, putting the Rams up 28-6. Eugene Sims finished off a banner day for the Rams' defense, intercepting a pass tipped by teammate Michael Brockers with 8:03 left in the fourth quarter. Bradford completed 13 of 27 passes for 196 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception. He threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to tight end Lance Kendricks on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Kendricks led the Rams with four receptions for 119 yards. After failing to score a touchdown last week against the Saints and then in the first half against the Rams, the Buccaneers' offense snapped its end-zone drought with a 61-yard catch-and-run from Williams with 9:06 remaining in the third quarter. Williams had seven catches for 132 yards, and Vincent Jackson added seven catches for 108 yards for the Buccaneers (6-9). Freeman completed 30 of 54 passes for 372 yards and one touchdown. The Rams held the Bucs rookie running back Doug Martin to 62 yards on 18 carries. NOTES: Despite missing practice all week with a thigh injury, Courtland Finnegan started at left cornerback for the Rams. He finished with three tackles. ... Bucs receiver Tiquan Underwood left the game in the first quarter with a back injury, but he returned. ... Bucs cornerback E.J. Biggers left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury and did not return. ... Tampa Bay cornerback Leonard Johnson left the game with an arm injury before returning to action. ... Rams safety Craig Dahl left the game with a shoulder injury. ... Bucs guard Jeremy Zuttah left the game with an ankle injury. ... Steven Jackson's touchdown was the 56th of his career, tying him with Eric Dickerson for second-most touchdowns in Rams history.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Predators fans throw catfish on ice to celebrate Stanley Cup berth

WATCH: Draymond Green tries just a little to hard to sell foul

Eddie George fires up Predators fans before Game 4 vs Ducks

Viktor Arvidsson had bloody ‘R’ on forehead after hit

Danny Ainge’s son running for congressional seat in Utah

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

John Wall’s retweet saves fan from taking final exam

WATCH: Cubs pull off two miraculous defensive plays in a row

To raise money for charity, a wrestling fan has Cody Rhodes slam him on thumbtacks

Gregg Popovich on Steve Kerr’s health issues: ‘It’s just a crap situation’

CJ McCollum clearly interested in having Paul Millsap join Blazers

Injuries are depriving us from watching the Spurs thrive in the clutch

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Box Score 5/19: Heartbreak in OT

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker