Dizzying day for Mike Williams
Mike Williams ran through the gamut of emotions in Sunday's home finale at Raymond James Stadium. With Tampa Bay nursing a 3-0 advantage early in the second quarter, Williams lost his footing along the left sideline as Josh Freeman launched a pass out of the shotgun on third-and-15.
"The first interception, I blame it all on me,'' Williams said. "The field was a little bit wet and I slipped. It would have been at least a broken-up pass, but I slipped.''
Rookie CB Janoris Jenkins picked off Freeman's pass and raced 41 yards for his fourth touchdown of the year, giving the Rams a lead they never relinquished in a 28-13 triumph.
"I got a feel for the ball,'' said Jenkins, making a late push for NFL defensive rookie of the year honors. "I want to thank my front seven for getting pressure on the quarterback.''
Williams' frustration turned into elation midway through the third quarter when he turned a short pass in the right flat into a 61-yard score.
"I found a hole and there was nobody around,'' said Williams, who was targeted 17 times and finished with seven catches for a career-high 132 yards.
But by the end, Williams was too dejected to celebrate his fourth career 100-yard game. "We think we could have got this one,'' Williams said. "We think we gave it away. It's terrible. You can't have fun and you can't celebrate. It's like everything's bad. You can get all the stats in the world, but they don't matter if you don't get the win.''