With less than a minute to play in Sunday’s 23-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there ordinarily would be little to no drama as the Rams milked the final seconds off the clock to collect their fifth home win of the season.
Having already equaled the Rams’ single-season sack record of 17, held by Kevin Carter since 1999, Quinn wrangled Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon to the ground on the final play of the afternoon to claim the 14-year-old record as his own.
“It’s definitely a great honor,” Quinn said. “Kevin Carter was a great player. You can’t do it by yourself. A lot of credit goes to my D-line and defense to help me get to that number.”
Quinn finished the afternoon with his fifth multi-sack game of the season and his third three-sack game. His 18 sacks are also the most in the NFL this year.
“When you take into the consideration the history of this organization and the defensive linemen, the pass rushers, the Fearsome Foursome, all of that stuff, to set the single-season sack record is pretty impressive,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said.
Prior to Quinn’s late-game assault on the Rams’ record book, the day belonged primarily to the rookie class of the Rams, who received stout contributions from first-year players on both sides of the ball.
Through the first four weeks of the NFL season,
“Our mentality coming into OTAs was that we wanted to make an impact,” Stacy said of the Rams’ talented contingent of first-year players. “With everything we’ve been through, not only as a team but as a rookie class, hopefully we just continue to keep the momentum going into next week and into the future.”
Few rookies are playing with a degree of momentum equal to Bailey, who scored his first career touchdown on a 27-yard double-reverse run early in the second quarter to give the Rams their first lead of the day at 14-7. Bailey also caught three passes for a team-best 44 yards on the afternoon.
Contributions from Rams rookies were not limited to the offensive unit, however. Rookie LB
“A lot of it just goes to their work ethic,” said QB
News and Notes
-Stacy’s 104-yard rushing day gave him his fourth 100-yard game of the season on the ground.
-Ogletree forced two fumbles on Sunday, his fifth and sixth of the season. DE William Hayes was credited with the recovery on both fumbles.
-The Rams combined for seven sacks on Sunday, including the first of S
-Sunday’s win gave the Rams a 5-3 record at home in 2013, the team’s first winning record at home since 2010.