Final

Rams 17

(5-5, 2-3 away)

Bills 37

(4-6, 4-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 21, 2004

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
STL 10 7 0 017
BUF 0 17 20 037

Campbell catches three touchdowns

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- With a little help from Buffalo's special teams, Drew Bledsoe answered his critics.

Bledsoe hit tight end Mark Campbell for three touchdowns and Nate Clements returned a punt 86 yards for a score, helping the Bills to a 37-17 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

It was a dominating effort by a Buffalo team (4-6) that has won four straight at home, but was coming off its worst outing of the season, a 29-6 loss at New England.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen Why are the veteran-laden Rams so up and down? For some reason this team won't listen to the stats despite their obvious relevance. The stats prove that if RB Marshall Faulk gets a certain number of carries this team is darn hard to beat. But for some reason they will get enamored with the pass and completely ignore him and drop a game like this one to a team that has inferior personnel. It's also becoming obvious that the defense misses former coordinator Lovie Smith who seemed to have this team playing spirited football. He put an emphasis on team morale that now seems to be lacking in St. Louis.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

Bledsoe answered those calling for rookie J.P. Losman to take over as starter, going 15-of-24 for 185 yards. His only blemish was an interception off Lee Evans' hand in the first quarter.

The three touchdowns were the most Bledsoe's thrown since he had three in Buffalo's 38-21 win over Miami on Dec. 1, 2002.

Bledsoe was so good his 160 yards passing in the first half were more than he had in 10 of his previous 23 games. And he got his 213th career touchdown pass, moving into 19th place ahead of Terry Bradshaw and Y.A. Tittle.

After spotting the Rams a 10-0 first-quarter lead on their first two possessions, the Bills held St. Louis to 98 yards and no points in the second half, and intercepted Marc Bulger three times.

And Buffalo's special teams continued to shine. Clements' score was Buffalo's fourth touchdown return of the season, and second in consecutive games after Jonathan Smith returned a punt 70 yards for a score against the Patriots.

This was not the effort the Rams were expecting after taking the NFC West lead with last weekend's 23-12 win over Seattle.

St. Louis (5-5) has now lost three of its last four, all three losses against AFC East opponents.

This performance might have been worse than their loss to Miami, and could lead to another public outburst from coach Mike Martz, who chewed out his team following a 40-22 loss to New England on Nov. 7.

Marc Bulger went 27-of-45 for 287 yards, including touchdowns to Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.

The Rams unraveled completely at the start of the third quarter with the game tied at 17. The Bills scored 20 points in the quarter, 17 in a 5:40 span.

After the Rams went three and out on their first possession of the half, Smith returned a punt 53 yards to the St. Louis 5. Bledsoe hit Campbell over the middle for a touchdown on the next play.

After another three and out, Clements caught the punt at the right hash and burst untouched up the right sideline, somersaulting into the end zone from the 1.

The Rams' Erik Flowers then muffed Buffalo's short kickoff, which the Bills recovered at the St. Louis 31, leading to Rian Lindell's 35-yard field goal.

Any chances of a Rams comeback ended when Bulger marched St. Louis 65 yards to the Bills 2 early in the fourth quarter. But defensive tackle Sam Adams batted a pass at the line of scrimmage and then caught it in a crowd.

Campbell also caught TD passes of 19 and 10 yards for the first three-TD game of his career, and finished with four catches for 37 yards.

Willis McGahee rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries, the fourth 100-yard game of his career -- all coming in Bills victories this season.

The Rams' already young and troubled secondary was depleted further by injuries. Starting cornerback Travis Fisher and backup DeJuan Groce did not return after sustaining knee injuries in the first quarter. And fourth cornerback Kevin Garrett did not return after taking a blow to the head in the third quarter.

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Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERSTLBUF
bufTD14:04Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 5 yds, 0:00
1723
buf12:16
Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
1731
FIRST QUARTERSTLBUF
stlTD2:55Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 33 yds, 0:24
90
THIRD QUARTERSTLBUF
buf14:04
Drive info: 1 plays, 5 yds, 0:00
1724
FIRST QUARTERSTLBUF
stl2:55
Drive info: 1 plays, 33 yds, 0:24
100
SECOND QUARTERSTLBUF
bufTD11:35Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 51 yds, 0:56
1013
buf11:35
Drive info: 3 plays, 51 yds, 0:56
1014
THIRD QUARTERSTLBUF
bufTD12:16Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 9 yds, 1:22
1730
bufFG8:40Rian Lindell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 13 yds, 2:29
1734
bufFG3:21Rian Lindell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 34 yds, 0:12
1737
SECOND QUARTERSTLBUF
bufFG0:37Rian Lindell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 2:18
1717
FIRST QUARTERSTLBUF
stlFG4:54Jeff Wilkins 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 52 yds, 7:17
30
SECOND QUARTERSTLBUF
bufTD14:02Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 3:39
106
stlTD3:15Touchdown
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yds, 7:41
1614
buf14:02
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 3:39
107
stl3:15
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yds, 7:41
1714