I’m going to try something new (Thanks to our Broncos writer, Brenda.) by jotting down observations, big plays, and anything else that stands out during each quarter.
Game Status Updates
Rams inactives WR Amendola (foot), QB Davis, RB Ganaway, G/T Wiliams, OT Barksdale, DT Conrath, TE McNeill (thigh).
Bills inactives: QB Tarvaris Jackson, CB Aaron Williams, CB T.J. Heath, C Eric Wood, WR Marcus Easley, DE Mark Anderson, OL Chris Scott.
LB Mario Haggan returns after nursing an elbow injury.
Four Rams defenders in the backfield getting to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. DT Michael Brockers gets the sack.
LB James Laurinaitis just misses an easy INT. Bills three and out quickly.
Rams are holding the tough Bills run game to 4 yards with 9 minutes left in the first quarter.
Two nice plays by Bills OLB Nick Barnett getting into the Rams backfield for a Givens loss. And DE Mario Williams gets to Rams QB Sam Bradford for a Bills sack. Rams offense is getting no where…
Second sack of the day for Michael Brockers.
C.J. Spiller gauges the Rams for a big first down. Dude is quick! WR Stevie Johnson and TE Scott Chandler make some good catches.
Bills K Ryan Lindell boots a 35-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 0-3 with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Third three-and-out for the Rams. Bradford gets popped hard as Givens can’t complete the catch.
So far it’s been an all defense kind of game. And just as I write that Laurinaitis comes up with a fumble recovery but looks a little banged up.
Rams offense can’t do diddly poo but the defense continues to get pressure on Fitzpatrick forcing another punt and good field position. Problem is the Rams offense can’t do anything with it. This could be another game where the Rams defense will have to put up points to win.
Bradford fumbles but picks it up. He’s showing some bad body language already. Good news, Johnny Hekker is doing well with this fifth punt of the day. Okay, five punts is not really good news.
Rams are 0-5 on third down conversions. Bills aren’t doing much better at 1-5. But the Bills are moving the ball on offense at least through their passing game.
DT Kendall Langford and DE Chris Long with the Rams third sack on Fitzpatrick.
Givens just caught a sweeet pass right after the Rams got their first third down conversion/second first down of the game. Progress?
Offense is still stalling for the most part.
Lindell kicks a 40-yard field goal off of a Bradford INT to put the Bills up 0-6 going into the first half.
Rams D have held the Bills to 16 yards rushing. But gave up 169 yards receiving. I rest my case.
Rams get their third first down on a Bills penalty. But find themselves in an oh-too-familiar third down and long situation.
WR Brandon Gibson continues his good Gibby/bad Gibby appearance. Mostly good Gibby in the third quarter.
A great catch by Givens takes it down to the Bills one yard line where Steven Jackson takes it in for 6. Rams lead the Bills 7-6 at the 8:41 mark.
Bills’ offense seems to have woken up. Stevie Johnson, Spiller, and company are moving the ball downfield. And the Jo-Lonn Dunbar offsides cements the drive as Fitzpatrick passes 2 yards to a WIDE open TE Lee Smith. Buffalo take the lead again 7-12.
Bradford takes matters into his own hands or shall I say feet as he takes off running for a 11-yard gain. But the Rams can’t capitalize and will have to give up the ball as the third quarter ends.
LT Rodger Saffold (back) and S Craig Dahl (head – concussion) leave the game with injuries. Wayne Hunter and Darian Stewart come in for them respectively. Saffold comes back only to leave again after getting stepped on.
Lindell attempts his second 50+ yard field goal… but Bills HC Chan Gailey changes his mind and punts. Janoris Jenkins is charged with a holding foul so the Rams start at the 2.5 yard line.
6 of 13 on third downs. Givens lets a 70-yard bomb slip right through his arms. Time is ticking away with 6:21 to go in the fourth quarter.
Austin Pettis with an unbelievable catch for a HUGE first down.
Bradford finds Gibson four times in the fourth quarter. Most importantly with a 13-yard TD pass with 54 seconds left in the game. The Rams convert the 2 points with a nice catch by Givens.
Rams somehow pull this one out 15-12. OMG, I couldn’t take another overtime game.
As I said in my game preview:
1) Get back to a .500(ish) record.
They are stoking an overall 5-6-1 record. A win in Buffalo will get them back to an equal number of wins and losses.
2) Three consecutive wins in a row.
The Rams haven’t won three games in a row since week 15-17 during the 2006 season where they bested the Oakland Raiders, the Washington Redskins, and the Minnesota Vikings. A very very long time ago from a season far far away.
3) Two consecutive road wins.
We don’t have to go as far back for this one. Look no further than weeks 12-13 at Denver and at Arizona in 2010, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford‘s rookie season.
As @GDive tweeted so eloquently, “Ugly game but beautiful win.”