Rams offer ode to 'Greatest Show on Turf', hold off Bucs

Rams vs. 49ers Why Week 17 Is Critical to San Francisco

I'm heading to Memphis for a mini reunion with old friends from summer camp this weekend, and a couple of us chose to stop in St. Louis on the way to go to the Rams-Bucs game on Thursday night.

Rams returner Benny Cunningham, from his own end zone, weaved through the Bucs for a 102-yard kickoff return, but it was Jenkins that finally brought him down at the 3-yard line. When a team lets Case Keenum almost achieve a ideal passer rating, that says all you need to know. Gurley scored on a 3-yard run to give St. Louis a 21-3 halftime lead. "They were loud for us today. What I want to do now is, I want to go back and I want to play for my pride, for my daughter to see me hang up the cleats the right way".

Support for the team has rarely been so wholehearted in St. Louis. A 6-8 record is a big step up from last season's 2-14, but this was one of many missed opportunities for Tampa Bay this year.

In addition to Gurley's status as the Rams' first 1,000-yard rusher in a while, he is also the first rookie to run for 1,000 yards in St. Louis Rams history.

National Football League owners will meet in Houston next month to address, among other things, the fate of the Rams and their possible departure.

Sporting yellow Color Rush uniforms, the Rams closed out their home schedule in style Thursday night, winning 31-23 over the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the lone prime-time game of the season for both clubs at the Edward Jones Dome.

Although the teams had just three days to prepare for the game, Keenum said that might have aided the Rams. "I don't know. I have to watch to see what happened".

The Rams continued their dominance in the second half, with the versatile Austin adding a 21-yard score on a reverse for a 28-6 lead after three.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, right, catches a touchdown pass as St. Louis Rams strong safety Maurice Alexander defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in St. Louis.

Winston had a pretty good throwing line, but also contributed to a pair of turnovers. He's making a bit of a case for himself after twice replacing Nick Foles, who has not done much to deserve the two-year contract extension he got during training camp.

Barth kicked a 53-yard field goal with 4:57 remaining in the first quarter, but then the Rams answered with a 60-yard touchdown pass from Keenum to Kenny Britt down the left sideline.

Austin capped off the Rams' first series with a 17-yard touchdown reception after taking a quick screen from Keenum and picking up some key blocks downfield. He had just 125 yards passing the first three quarters, but finished with a career-best 363, his first 300-yard effort, for Tampa Bay (6-8).

Against the run, this unit was as good as it has been all season, bottling up Todd Gurley and holding the Rams to just three yards per carry.

As for the response from the fans, who stayed in the dome long after the game was chose to voice their dedication, Donald was touched.

"We've tried a lot of different combinations", Smith said. For me to come out and discover the paradigm shift, it upset some people.

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