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      ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two weeks ago, the St. Louis Rams were eliminated from playoff contention. Just don't tell Robert Quinn there's nothing to play for.

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      5 things to know after Rams sack Bucs 23-13
      ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two weeks ago, the St. Louis Rams were eliminated from playoff contention. Just don't tell Robert Quinn there's nothing to play for.
      Quinn led a dominant defensive effort with three sacks, taking the NFL lead and setting a franchise record, in Sunday's 23-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last week he had two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a victory over the Saints.
      Fellow defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes carried Quinn off the field after the Rams (7-8) kept the Buccaneers (4-11) in neutral or reverse, and matched their victory total from last year.
      "At first, I was just waiting to congratulate him because I didn't get to congratulate him after the third one because it was fourth-and-1 and we had to get back out there," Long said. "Some people might think it's overkill out there. I've never see anybody like him. He deserves it."
      Quinn has 18 sacks, 1½ more than the Colts' Robert Mathis. The last of the Rams' seven sacks of Mike Glennon snapped the franchise record of 17 by Kevin Carter in 1999, the franchise's Super Bowl championship team.
      "The guys are happy for me," Quinn said. "I couldn't have done it without them."
      Whatever happens next week at Seattle, the Rams will complete a decade without a winning record. They're determined to finish strong.
      The Bucs must rally before finishing at New Orleans.
      "It was a tough loss," coach Greg Schiano said. "Not for a lack of work or for a lack of not caring, but the result is what the result is."
      Five things to know after the Rams' victory:
      NO PICKS: Quarterback Kellen Clemens is 4-4 as the stand-in starter while Sam Bradford recuperates from knee surgery.
      Though he lost a fumble and didn't have a touchdown pass, he was effective managing another win. Clemens has five TD passes and no interceptions in the four victories, and two TD passes with five interceptions in the losses. He's struggled against top competition, with three of the losses to top-10 defenses — Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona.
      "When Sam went down, we rallied," Fisher said.
      EARLY OFFENSE: The Buccaneers entered ranked last in the NFL in total offense and passing offense and didn't improve their position against the Rams.
      Though they've enjoyed early success, scoring on their second possession 11 times in 15 games with four TDs, including Bobby Rainey's 1-yard run for the lead Sunday, they finished with just 170 yards of offense, setting a season low for the second straight game, and were held to 20 or fewer points for the eighth time.
      Vincent Jackson was the lone standout, making five catches for 98 yards.
      OFF AND RUNNING: Rams rookie Zac Stacy carried the load again, shaking off a lost fumble and finishing with 104 yards on 33 carries and a TD.
      Stacy didn't start until Week 5 but needs just 42 yards in the finale to give the Rams a 1,000-yard rusher for the ninth consecutive season. Steven Jackson put up eight straight before taking a free agent deal with the Falcons. The Rams have emphasized the run since Bradford was hurt in Week 7. Trickery produced their other first-half TD: rookie Stedman Bailey's 27-yard reverse.
      "Just being honest, we defensively got our butts kicked in the first half," Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "They ran the ball on us at will, whenever they felt like it."
      O-LINE JUGGLES: Rodger Saffold returned to his original NFL position, left tackle, after Jake Long was sidelined with what the Rams believe is a torn ACL on his right knee on the first series.
      "We are anticipating the worst for Jake," Fisher said.
      Shelley Smith was plugged in at right guard, where Saffold had been, and the new line did enough things right. The most notable play was a 5-yard quarterback sneak by Clemens on fourth-and-inches in the fourth quarter, with more than enough push from the line to help set up a 25-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein that made it 20-13.
      "Basically, what it comes down to is following my rules," Saffold said. "Basically, what I did was constantly work on my technique because I knew I would be able to react to whatever happens."
      BAD HANDS: Rams rookie outside linebacker Alec Ogletree forced two fumbles, one leading to the go-ahead score and the second setting up the clinching field goal.
      Bailey's TD came the snap after Rainey lost a fumble and Glennon coughed one up in the fourth quarter on a sack by Ogletree and James Laurinaitis that set up Zuerlein's 48-yard field goal that made it a two-score game.
      "I did a terrible job of securing the ball the way I'm supposed to, so I put the game on me," Rainey said. "We played behind because of me."
  • ST. LOUIS (AP) — The toughest part of Robert Quinn's day was surviving the ride to the locker room.
    "They hoisted me off," the Rams defensive end said. "I was hoping I didn't get dropped."
    Quinn got three sacks to break the franchise season record and take the NFL lead, too, as St. Louis beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-13 on Sunday.
    Controlling Quinn and the rest of the St. Louis pass rush had been a Tampa Bay priority.
    Whoops.
    "I'm anxious to watch the tape because I want to see — with some of the things we had in place — how the heck they didn't slow them down more than they did," Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said. "We've got to find out why."
    Fellow defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes waited just inside the tunnel to the locker room and scooped up the 264-pound Quinn.
    "I've never seen anybody like him," Long said. "He deserves it. We don't just carry any jack wagon off the field."
    The Rams wore throwback jerseys from their Super Bowl title season and Quinn outdid one of the stars from that team. He has 18 sacks, 1½ more than Indianapolis' Robert Mathis for the league lead, and broke Kevin Carter's mark of 17 in that 1999 Super Bowl season.
    "You almost want to peel your eyes back and watch like a fan," defensive tackle Michael Brockers said. "You think, 'How did he do that?'
    "You see that flash of 94 go past and you think, 'Oh snap, that quarterback doesn't know what he's in for.'"
    The Rams won without left tackle Jake Long, who injured his knee on the first series. Coach Jeff Fisher believes Long tore a right knee ligament, adding, "We are anticipating the worst."
    Zac Stacy rushed for 104 yards on 33 carries and a touchdown, and two other rookies also had big games for the Rams (7-8), who matched their victory total from last year. Stedman Bailey scored on a 27-yard reverse, and Alec Ogletree forced two fumbles.
    Ogletree stripped Bobby Rainey early in the second quarter. Bailey scored his first career touchdown on the next snap on the reverse to put the Rams up for good at 14-7.
    The Buccaneers (4-11) managed just 170 total yards, setting a season low for the second straight week. Vincent Jackson had five catches for 98 yards but Rainey was held to 37 yards on 20 carries and Glennon was 16 of 26 for just 158 yards minus 47 yards on the sacks.
    "I did a terrible job of securing the ball, what I'm supposed to, and I put the game on me," Rainey said. "We played behind because of me."
    Page 2 of 2 - Rainey opened the scoring with a 1-yard run in the first quarter and Stacy scored on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter.
    There were thousands of empty seats for an unattractive matchup with attendance announced at 54,423 — about 12,000 shy of capacity.
    James Laurinaitis added two sacks and Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals, including a season-best 54-yarder in the third quarter after Tampa Bay had cut the deficit to a point.
    The Buccaneers are 1-6 on the road, the lone win at Detroit that gave them a three-game winning streak overall after an 0-8 start. Tampa Bay finishes at New Orleans next week.
    Quinn's first sack helped force the Bucs to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to cut the Rams' lead to 14-10 at the half.
    Bailey has gotten involved in the offense the last few weeks and stepped up with Tavon Austin, his former teammate at West Virginia, sidelined for a second straight week by a left ankle injury. The reverse was his first career NFL TD and first rushing since high school, and he had three catches for 44 yards.
    "My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree," Bailey said. "It's been a long time, you know."
    Bailey was just as prolific as Austin in college, totaling 41 touchdowns in three seasons at West Virginia, but had just two carries for 13 yards.
    NOTES: The Rams unsuccessfully challenged the spot after T.J. McDonald sacked Glennon at the 1 on a blitz in the second quarter. ... Rams Hall of Fame tackle Jackie Slater was introduced during a break in the first quarter. ... Bucs rookie DE William Gholston made his first career start. ... Zuerlein is 1 for 2 from 50 yards this year. He was 7 for 13 last year as a rookie, setting a franchise record with a 58-yarder and then breaking it with a 60-yarder at home against Seattle.

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