‘Twas the week before Christmas and whilst dressed as Santa Claus, the Bucs were in perfect giving mode to their hosts in St.Louis as they fell behind 28-6 going into the fourth quarter thanks to the usual combination of penalties, big-plays given up on defense and turnovers. A fourth quarter rally that saw Jameis Winston pass for a career-high 363 yards and the offense rack up 500+ yards for the second time thi season was not enough as a late onside kick attempt failed and the Rams were able to run out the final 90 seconds. The loss pretty much ended the Bucs’ slim chance of a wild-card berth and was their third consecutive loss on Thursday night prime-time television.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 St.Louis Rams 31Thursday 17 December 2015 at the Edward Jones Dome
SCORINGSTL11:54-1QAustin 17 pass from Keenum (Zuerlein kick)TB4:52-1QBarth FG53STL3:15-1QBritt 60 pass from Keenum (Zuerlein kick)STL2:09-2QGurley 3 run (Zuerlein kick)TB9:16-3QBarth FG32STL5:35-3QAustin 21 run (Zuerlein kick)TB13:05-4QStocker 3 pass from Winston (Barth kick)STL10:39-4QZuerlein FG19TB7:31-4QBarth FG24TB1:34-4QSeferian-Jenkins 9 pass from Winston (Barth kick)
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the clipsDonteea Dye almost gave away a touchdown with a unbelievable bonehead play at the goal-lineLuke Stocker made amends on the next play with a scoring pass from Jameis WinstonAustin Seferian-Jenkins brought the Bucs within a score inside the two minute warning