Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Sports

December 9, 2012

Rams down the punchless Bills

Bradford drives 84 yards late for winning score

ORCHARD PARK —  

The St. Louis Rams are staying in the playoff race by suddenly showing they can win in the clutch.

Sam Bradford capped a 14-play, 84-yard drive with a 13-yard pass to Brandon Gibson with 48 seconds left to seal a 15-12 win over the Buffalo Bills. It was Bradford's second consecutive fourth-quarter comeback after rallying the Rams in a 16-13 overtime win over San Francisco last weekend.

In keeping St. Louis (6-6-1) in the playoff picture, Bradford helped his team win three straight for the first time since 2006. And the victory came on the road, where the Rams had traditionally struggled.

They improved to 2-3-1 away from St. Louis this season, and 9-36-1 since the start of 2007.

Bradford finished 19 of 39 for 209 yards and an interception. Steven Jackson had 64 yards rushing and scored on a 1-yard plunge, while Gibson made six catches for 100 yards.

It was a loss for which the Bills (5-8) could only blame themselves.

Safety George Wilson twice had chances to intercept Bradford on the final drive, only to drop the ball. Buffalo's defense also allowed the Rams to convert two third-down chances and a fourth-and-1 on which Bradford hit Austin Pettis for 9 yards.

This marked the second time Buffalo has squandered a lead at home in the final minutes, falling 35-34 to Tennessee on Oct. 21.

The Bills' final drive ended with 12 seconds left when Ryan Fitzpatrick fluttered a pass up the right sideline and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar intercepted.

Fitzpatrick went 25 of 33 for 247 yards passing, including a 2-yard touchdown to Lee Smith.

The Bills' offense shared much of the blame after lacking finish in the first half. Buffalo came away with two field goals on three drives inside the Rams 25. That included Fred Jackson losing a fumble at the Rams 14.

The news got even worse for Jackson, who was helped off the field after appearing to hurt his right leg with about 5 minutes left.

Text Only
Sports
  • 140424 Bills Sched ART.jpg Are you ready for some football?

    Once again, the conservative Buffalo Bills will not be a featured prime time nationally televised home team this coming season.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140423 HS Baseball MAIN ART.jpg Sobieraski hurls Lions past Jacks

    Winning pitcher Charlie Sobieraski did everything but babysit the kids on Monday, tossing five innings of no-hit ball and fanning 11, sparking the Lockport baseball Lions past visiting North Tonawanda, 10-2, topping Niagara Frontier League baseball action.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 140423 R-H Preview ART.jpg Xapsos, Rams out-duel Newfane ace at Gasport Elementary

    A diving catch by Rams senior second baseman John O'Brien spoiled a bases-loaded, two-out threat by Newfane in the top of the seventh inning.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pujols, Albert 2014.jpg Pujols cracks 500th

    Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140423 HS Roundup 1B ART.jpg Three's a charm for Patterson, Goodman

    Led by triple individual winners Mike Patterson and Angela Goodman, Wilson swept visiting Royalton-Hartland on Tuesday in a Niagara-Orleans League track and field contest, winning the boys' meet, 77-59; and the girls' meet, 73-63.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 140418 Starpoint CP O'Donnell ART.jpg Grand Finale for Starpoint's O'Donnell

    The Spartans should be in position to make noise in what might be Western New York's toughest division.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140416 LHS Softball ART.JPG Big week ahead for Lady Lions

    The Lockport Lady Lions softball team has plenty to look forward to next week when it resumes its 2014 Niagara Frontier League schedule in a big way, with five games on tap.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140417 Sabres ART.jpg Ted Nolan fires most of his assistants

    The overhaul is continuing in Buffalo after Sabres coach Ted Nolan purged most of his staff of assistants on Wednesday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140416 Abdallah MAIN art.jpg Abdallah ranked No. 5 in the world

    Lockport's Amer Abdallah has been ranked No. 5 in the world in the Cruiserweight Division by the World Kickboxing Association.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140416 LBA art.png Voss is still boss at City Tournament

    Lockport bowling legend Don Voss rolled a Lockport City Bowling Tournament-record 862 three-game series to earn the handicap doubles title with his daughter, Angel Ritz.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Sabres
Bills
AP Video
Michael Phelps Demonstrates Olympic Drive Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: World Cup Trophy Begins Tour in Brazil David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement Raw: UConn Celebrates for Second Straight Night UConn Women Win NCAA Basketball Championship Raw: Workers at Brazil Olympic Park on Strike Some Arrests As Fans Celebrate UConn Win UConn Wins NCAA Men's Basketball Championship UConn Wins NCAA Men's Basketball Champsionship Connecticut, Kentucky Fans React to NCAA Win Connecticut, Kentucky Meet for the Title AP Player of Year: Creighton's Doug McDermott Fearsome Final Foursome Head to North Texas College Athletes Take Labor Cause to Washington Northwestern Practices After Union Ruling
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide