NFL Game Summary - St. Louis at Denver|
(Sunday, November 28th)
Final Score: St. Louis 36, Denver 33
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Sam Bradford threw for a career-high 308 yards
and three scores on 22-of-37 passing as St. Louis nearly wasted a 20-
point lead but hung on to beat Denver, 36-33, at Invesco Field.
Billy Bajema caught a pair of TD passes, Michael Hoomanawanui hauled in one
while Steven Jackson rushed for 72 yards on 29 carries for the Rams (5-6), who
pulled into a tie atop the NFC West with Seattle by snapping a two-game slide.
"Any time you can get a win on the road in this league, it's big," said
Bradford. "It's tough to do that, and especially for us because we've had our
struggles on the road. To clear that hump and get the victory today was
Kyle Orton was 24-of-41 for 347 yards and posted three touchdowns for the
Broncos (3-8), who have dropped six of their last seven. The loss came a
little more than a day after Denver head coach Josh McDaniels and the club
itself were fined for an illegal videotaping incident.
Brandon Lloyd had four receptions for 76 yards and two TDs, Eddie Royal added
a touchdown catch and Knowshon Moreno struck for 56 yards and a score on 12
carries in defeat.
"We have to play better defense. I have to coach better," said McDaniels.
"Giving up 30-something points every week is a tough to match on offense."
Josh Brown was good from 26 yards out and the visitors claimed a 36-20
advantage with 10:50 left in regulation. Two Denver series later, Orton
orchestrated a five-play, 50-yard drive and found Royal for a 16-yard score.
The conversion pass to Jabar Gaffney fell incomplete, leaving Denver behind
St. Louis then went three-and-out, and the Broncos took over on their own 41.
Orton threw three incompletions on the ensuing series, but again hit Lloyd
with 2:35 to play and the Broncos found themselves down only 36-33.
The Rams recovered the onside kick but failed to advance the ball, and after a
punt, Orton had one last chance with 1:06 left starting at his own 34. A sack
and two incompletions forced a 4th-and-16 from the 28, and a pass to Royal was
Bradford took a knee to run out the remaining seconds.
Moreno's four-yard run capped an 80-yard Denver march to open the game, and
gave the home team a 7-0 lead.
Matt Prater connected from 49 yards out on the Broncos' ensuing drive, but
Hoomanawanui broke free of the pack and rolled 36 yards to the end zone for a
10-7 game on the Rams' next touch.
Prater managed to get a 40-yarder through the uprights roughly 2 1/2 minutes
into the second quarter, but the Rams followed with a 13-play drive lasting
more than six minutes and went ahead 14-13 when Bradford hit Bajema for a two-
Bajema hauled in a 26-yard TD pass on the next St. Louis drive and it was
20-13 after the extra point failed. A 45-yard Bradford completion to Danario
Alexander helped set up the score.
Brown then booted a 28-yarder, and after Royal fumbled away the kickoff to the
Rams, Brown connected from 37 yards and the visitors entered halftime up
Kenneth Darby's one-yard plunge completed the second Rams drive of the second
half and put St. Louis ahead 33-13.
The Broncos didn't respond until the first play of the fourth when Orton hit
Lloyd for a 41-yard TD pass.
The Rams have won four of the past six games over Denver since 1994...St.
Louis' 36-point effort was its most points since topping New Orleans by a
37-29 count on November 11, 2007...The Broncos racked up 449 yards of offense
in defeat and allowed 431 to the Rams.
11/28 20:48:12 ET