The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the St. Louis Rams, 23 to 13, Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome in a game nearly devoid of big plays for either team. However, while the Buccaneers’ offense never found its rhythm, the Rams scored on a 27-yard reverse by rookie WR Stedman Bailey and otherwise used a series of short gains to extend drives and keep the visiting team at bay.
In the end, the Rams had a 277-170 edge in total yards and a tight fourth-quarter lead they were able to extend to a 10-point win. Tampa Bay’s defense allowed only three plays of more than 20 yards, and none longer than 28, while also taking away two fumbles, but the Rams were content to grind away with Zac Stacy’s 104 rushing yards and a low-wattage, low-risk performance by QB Kellen Clemens (16 of 20 passing for 158 yards and no interceptions).
The Buccaneers dropped to 4-11 with the loss while the Rams improved to 7-8. Tampa Bay concludes its 2013 season next Sunday in New Orleans.