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Buccaneers vs. Rams Social Rewind

Posted Dec 22, 2013

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled to St. Louis to take on the Rams for a Week 16 matchup. Bucs fans and media alike took to Twitter to share in the action. Take a look

Before the game, two key injuries were listed, both likely altering the course of the game. Buccaneers.com Senior Writer and Editor Scott Smith share the Buccaneer who didn’t make the trip while fantasy football sage Matthew Berry notes the Rams offensive star sitting this one out. The Bucs began the game with the ball, but were forced into a fast three and out. The Buccaneers defense would treat the Rams to the same fate, forcing a punt after three plays. The Rams sustained another loss on the third-down play. TBO’s Roy Cummings and ESPN’s John Clayton fill us in: Mike Glennon led the Bucs offense onto the field for the second time of the day and got the offense ticking. Twitter lit up on the drive as multiple sources provided the play-by-play including two penalties, a key third-and-short conversion and big plays from Vincent Jackson: Two plays later, Bobby Rainey bounced to the outside and walked into the end zone, giving the first points of the game. @TBBuccaneers, the official Twitter account of the Bucs shares the first quarter stats. To begin the second quarter, the Rams would answer back with a score of their own after putting together a long drive. Tampa Bay Times’ Greg Auman calls the TD play: Taking over and looking to answer back, the Buccaneers converted a quick third down. On the ensuing play, Rainey took a handoff up the middle, fought for extra yards, but lost the football. Tom Krasniqi of WDAE updates: With a very short field in front of them, it would take the Rams just one play to find the end zone and put themselves on top. Pewter Report reports: Rainey would take a run four yards up the middle, but the next two passes would fall short, leading to another Buccaneer punt. And the Rams began driving once again. On third down from the two-yard line, Rams’ QB Kellen Clemens lined up in shotgun and took a designed run up the middle, the ball was knocked away and recovered for a huge goal line turnover by the Bucs. Again, here’s Pewter Report and the Bucs’ Scott Smith to give the stats: After the turnover, the Bucs were deep in their own territory and couldn’t get things moving. Third down ended in a sack, near-safety and challenge. The Bucs would punt away, giving the Rams possession from the 48-yard line. Again we turn straight to Twitter for their reaction to the first play of the drive: Like the first scoring drive, Vincent Jackson made some key moves as the Bucs drove down the field with time winding down. A 19-yard reception and 11-yard catch-and-run led us into the two-minute warning. The offense couldn’t punch it in as Mike Glennon was sacked on back-to-back plays, but the Bucs did walk away with an end-of-half 35-yard field goal from Rian Lindell. At the half, the Rams led 14-10. @TBBuccaneers fills us in on the scores, stats and Pro Bowl considerations. The Rams would punt away after their first possession of the second half. With the ball in Glennon’s hands it wouldn’t be long until the first suspenseful moment of the third quarter, as called by @STLouisRams, the official Twitter of the Rams: That important fourth-down conversion led straight into a 25-yard swing as Vincent Jackson gets held, helping the Bucs march along. Ultimately, the drive would end in three more points for Tampa Bay. Michael Koenen would attempt an onside kick, but the Rams would come up with it at their own 35-yard line. Six plays later they found themselves at the Bucs’ 36 and looking to add three of their own. 620 WDAE shares the score: The Bucs would punt again. Kellen Clemens would convert his own fourth down play, keeping the drive going. Then a 15-yard personal foul on Dashon Goldson moved the Rams into a first-and-goal situation, sparking another important goal line stand for the defense. Scott Smith, Greg Auman and 98.7 The Fan give the commentary: It was again Buccaneers ball with 11:15 left in the one-score game. Facing third-and three from midfield, another misstep and turnover, taking the wind out of the sails. The Rams would look for more points to make it a two-possession game and immediately started to move the chains. Then, on third-and-one at Tampa Bay 30-yard line. The Bucs would not be defeated after the conversion though. The front line would stuff the second-down run to force third-and-13, make the stop, setting up the Rams for a 48-yard field goal try. With time running down, the Bucs would convert first down but stall, facing a must-make fourth-and-ten. After running down the clock and forcing the Bucs to go through their three timeouts, the Rams would turn the ball over on downs, giving Bucs the ball back with 45 seconds. But the game would end on a sack, Robert Quinn’s third of the game, setting a Rams franchise record.