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QUICK PICK: On the first play of the game, Kurt Warner lobbed a short dump pass intended for Marshall Faulk. Steve White tipped it at the line of scrimmage, then intercepted to give Tampa Bay the ball on the Rams' 20. Despite the advantageous field position, the Bucs managed just 13 yards and settled for a 25-yard Martin Gramatica field goal.

TO THE AIR: On the their second possession, St. Louis relied on the pass for the bulk of its yardage, reeling off seven straight passing plays for 61 yards with Warner going 6 for 7. It set up a tying 24-yard field goal from Jeff Wilkins.

ROYAL FLUSHED: In the face of heavy pressure from the Rams' pass rush, King went 1 for 5 in the quarter. His lone completion was a 22-yarder to Bert Emanuel. The Bucs had to punt four plays later.


SNAP JUDGMENT: Tampa Bay made a costly error on the first play. Facing second and 14 on their 31, the Bucs lined up in the shotgun. Tony Mayberry'sbad snap flew over King's head and bounced some 10 yards behind him. To avoid a Rams recovery and potential touchdown, King batted the ball out of the end zone to give St. Louis a safety.

GO FORWARD, MOVE BACK: After getting the ball back at the St. Louis 45, the Bucs drove to the Rams 24. But the Rams defense held, stopping Alstott for a 2-yard loss and sacking King for a 12-yard loss. The sack put the Bucs on the St. Louis 38, far enough out of field-goal range to force a punt.

SHUT DOWN: The Bucs contained the St. Louis offense throughout the first half. Faulk, one of the Rams' main offensive stars, had 30 yards rushing and 7 yards receiving. Notable Rams receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt were held to a combined 21 yards.

LYGHT AT THE END: With 1:13 to go in the half, Tampa Bay went into a hurry-up from its 32. King connected with Jacquez Green and Dunn for a combined 27 yards, aiming to get Gramatica into field-goal range. The Rams' Todd Lyght read King's fourth throw, intended for Karl Williams near the St. Louis 30 and picked it off. The interception and 19-yard runback with 11 seconds left squelched the Bucs drive.


TO THE HOLT: After leaving toward the end of the first half, Holt returned to the game and contributed to the Rams first drive. Wearing a flak jacket, he caught three passes for 53 yards, keying St. Louis' march from its 13. TIMMERMANIA: Rams OL Adam Timmerman drew all three of St. Louis' penalties in the Rams' first drive of the second half. The most critical was the last, a 10-yard foul for holding which pushed them back to the Bucs' 24. Forced to throw, the Rams turned the ball over three plays later on a Hardy Nickerson interception at the Bucs 2.

GREAT CATCH: Jacquez Green was key in setting up the Bucs' second field goal. On third and 8, King lobbed a pass to Green that picked up 32 yards. A facemask call on the Rams' Taje Allen moved the ball to the 12. The Bucs scored three plays later on Gramatica's 23-yard field goal.


TOO LATE: After an interception, the Bucs ended up with the ball on the Rams 42. Several bad breaks prevented Tampa Bay from getting into scoring position. The most costly was on fourth and 3 when an apparent pass to Emanuel was negated by delay of game. Facing fourth and 8, the Bucs punted instead.

ON THE PROEHL: Ricky Proehl became a featured target for Warner late in the game. He threw three passes in Proehl's direction, including the game-winning 30-yard touchdown reception.

SACK ATTACK: The Rams put heavy pressure on King late in the game, sacking him four times in the fourth quarter after just one sack in the first three quarters.

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