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Bulger, Bruce Lift Rams Over Lions
POSTED: 7:50 pm CDT October 1, 2006
St. Louis, MO -- (Sports Network) - Marc Bulger's five-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce with 1:56 left gave St. Louis a 41-34 victory over Detroit at Edward Jones Dome.
Trailing 34-33 with under five minutes to play, Bulger commanded a seven-play, 56-yard game-winning march that ended with a short pass to Bruce in the end zone. Bruce, who finished with 100 yards receiving, also hauled in the two-point conversion to give the Rams a seven-point cushion.
Detroit had one final chance to tie the game, but failed when Jon Kitna lofted a deep pass intended for Roy Williams out of the end zone.
Bulger threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns on 26-of-42 passing and Steven Jackson rushed for 81 yards on 22 carries and one TD for the Rams (3-1), who have won two straight.
Torry Holt had six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
Kitna completed 29-of-43 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions for the Lions (0-4), who have scored 58 points in their last two games after scoring just 13 points in their first two.
Williams hauled in nine balls for 139 yards while Kevin Jones carried the ball 19 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Furrey added 82 yards receiving and two scores.
Down 17-16 early in the third quarter, St. Louis took over on their own 31 after a quick three-and-out by the Lions. The Rams drove 69 yards en route to a 16-yard TD strike from Bulger to a wide-open Holt for a 23-17 lead.
Detroit came right back, though, and got within three on Hanson's 20-yard chip shot. The drive was almost stalled on 3rd-and-10 when Kitna's pass was short to Az-Zahir Hakim, but St. Louis' Leonard Little was called for roughing the passer and unsportsmanlike conduct, which gave the Lions a first down at the Rams eight.
Jones' 35-yard TD scamper down the sideline with 4:23 to go in the third gave the lead back to Detroit, 27-23, but the Rams came right back with an 80-yard possession that was capped off when Jackson punched it in from one-yard out. The drive was advanced 40 yards when Detroit's Jamar Fletcher was called for pass interference, which gave the Rams a 1st-and-goal at the five-yard line.
The Lions regained the lead early in the fourth, 34-30, when Jones stumbled in the end zone from seven-yards out. The big play of the drive came on 3rd-and-8 when Kitna hit Hakim at the St. Louis seven for a nine-yard gain.
Jeff Wilkins' 47-yard field goal with 6:16 left in the fourth cut the Rams' deficit to one before Bruce capped the scoring with his five-yard TD reception on the final drive.
Wilkins' 42-yard field goal capped a seven-play, 46-yard drive to give the Rams an early 3-0 lead in the first.
St. Louis went up 6-0 on Wilkins' 19-yard boot with 3:25 left in the first. On 3rd-and-goal from the one, Dre Bly appeared to force Holt to fumble a catch just shy of the goal line, but the Rams challenged the play and it was ruled an incomplete pass, setting up Wilkins' field goal.
On the ensuing possession, Jason Hanson hit a 29-yard field goal after the Lions marched 48 yards in seven plays.
Bulger's 16-yard TD pass to Joe Klopfenstein with 1:08 remaining in the first gave St. Louis a 13-3 cushion. The score was set up when O.J. Atogwe intercepted a Kitna pass intended for Williams, giving the Rams the ball at Detroit's 30-yard line.
The Lions pulled to within three on Furrey's over-the-shoulder one-yard TD catch with 8:49 left in second. The nine-play drive, which started at the 50- yard line, was highlighted by a leaping 19-yard catch by Williams near the sideline.
Detroit took a 17-13 lead just before halftime on Furrey's second TD reception of the game, a 10-yard toss from Kitna that capped an 82-yard march.
Wilkins' 46-yard boot with four seconds left in the half made it a one-point game.
The game featured six lead changes...The 75 points scored is the most in the NFL this season...St. Louis had three takeaways...Jackson had six catches for 65 yards...Fletcher recorded nine tackles...The Rams are 41-37-1 all-time versus the Lions...Jones eclipsed the 2,000 yard rushing mark for his career. He now has 2,050 in 32 games...Attendance was 65,963.