Lions 34

(0-4, 0-2 away)

Rams 41

(3-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, October 1, 2006

Edward Jones Dome, Saint Louis, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 3 14 10 734
STL 13 3 14 1141

Top Performers

Passing: M. Bulger (STL) - 328 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: K. Jones (DET) - 19 CAR, 93 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Williams (DET) - 9 REC, 139 YDS

Bulger's late scoring pass to Bruce gives Rams win

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- With the architect of the "Greatest Show" on the other side of the turf, new St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan showed his team can win a shootout, too.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Talk about a Tug-o-War. The Rams and Lions want back and forth all game long.

Surprisingly, the Rams found an offensive spark this week against what was supposed to be a stingy defensive front for the Lions. The Rams' offensive line was impressive, and despite battling injuries over the past four weeks on the left side helped to lift the Rams to victory.

Steven Jackson (above) continued to show his dominance in the running game late in the game as the Rams used the clock to secure the victory at home.

The Rams rallied from behind three times, then benefited from an overturned pass interference penalty in the waning seconds to beat Detroit 41-34 on Sunday.

"Sometimes in a game like this, it's who gets the ball last," Rams quarterback Marc Bulger said.

The win spoiled the return of Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who was head coach in St. Louis for six seasons.

Detroit (0-4) built a 34-33 lead before the Rams (3-1) got the ball with 4:42 to play at their 44. Seven plays later, on third down at the 5, Bulger threw to the right side and Isaac Bruce wriggled into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season with 1:56 to play.

Bulger and Bruce then connected on a 2-point conversion.

"One game you're kicking six field goals, another game you're scoring points," Linehan said. "The bottom line is you've got to feel good when you win in this league."

Conflict resolution
The Lions announced that their game Oct. 8 at Minnesota will be moved to Monday night, Oct. 9, if the American League divisional series between Minnesota and Oakland goes to a fifth game, which would be played Sunday.

Lions quarterback Jon Kitna was intercepted on the first play after the Rams' score, but the Lions got the ball back with 47 seconds to play after Jeff Wilkins missed a 47-yard field goal try.

Detroit drove to the St. Louis 37, then appeared to get a break when Rams rookie Ty Hill was called for interference against Az-Zahir Hakim in the end zone with 22 seconds left. But after a huddle, the officials reversed the call because the ball was tipped, and Kitna's fourth-down pass sailed out of the end zone.

The Rams have been much more conservative in their first season under Linehan than they were under Martz, whose teams generally scored a lot but gave up a lot, too. Though they've cut down on turnovers with just three lost fumbles and no interceptions this season, St. Louis had just two touchdowns and had not topped 18 points in their first three games.

Career receptions leaders
1. Jerry Rice1,549
2. Cris Carter 1,101
3. Tim Brown 1,094
4. x-Marvin Harrison 956
5. Andre Reed 951
6. Art Monk 940
7. Jimmy Smith 862
8. Irving Fryar 851
9. x-Isaac Bruce 833
10. x-Keenan McCardell 831
x -- active

Bulger was 26-of-42 for 328 yards and three touchdowns. Torry Holt had six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown and Bruce caught seven passes for 100 yards and a score.

Detroit has made steady progress on offense under Martz. After scoring 13 points in their first two games, the Lions have scored 58 in their past two.

"Our offense did a heck of a job," Lions coach Rod Marinelli said, though he lamented the two interceptions and Kitna's first-quarter fumble that set up a field goal.

"We weren't good enough on defense. It comes down to three turnovers they get and we get zero. That's the game in a nutshell."

Martz was not made available to the media following the game.

Kitna was 29-of-43 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Mike Furrey and Kevin Jones scored two touchdowns each for the Lions. Furrey, a former Ram, caught two touchdown passes from Kitna in the second quarter. Jones rushed for 93 yards on 19 carries, including 35- and 7-yard scoring runs in the second half.

Roy Williams caught nine passes for 139 yards, his second straight game over 100 yards receiving.

The Rams went into halftime down 17-16, then retook the lead on their first drive of the second half, with Bulger connecting with Holt on a 16-yard touchdown pass.

A 65-yard kickoff return by Eddie Drummond set up a 20-yard field goal by Jason Hanson, and Detroit went up 27-23 with 4:23 to go in the third quarter when Jones converted a third-and-1 run into a 35-yard score.

The Rams rallied again, aided by a 48-yard pass interference on Jamar Fletcher that gave St. Louis a first-and-goal at the 5, setting up Steven Jackson's 1-yard touchdown run to make it 30-27. Jackson ran for 81 yards on 22 carries.

Detroit responded with a 10-play, 71-yard drive that ended with Jones' 7-yard run on a draw play with 11:11 to play.

Wilkins' fourth field goal, a 47-yarder cut the margin to 34-33 with 6:16 to play.

Game notes

Rams Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Pace, still feeling the effects of a concussion suffered in Week 2 in San Francisco, was inactive. Todd Steussie replaced Pace at tackle and Adam Goldberg replaced Steussie at left guard.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2123
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6670
Total Yards370427
Yards per play5.66.1
Total Drives1315
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-54-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

stlFG12:36Jeff Wilkins 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 46 yds, 2:29
stlFG8:24Jeff Wilkins 19 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 16 yds, 3:25
detFG4:54Jason Hanson 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 48 yds, 3:33
stlTD1:16Joe Klopfenstein, 16 yd pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 30 yds, 0:45
detTD8:54Mike Furrey, 1 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yds, 3:24
detTD1:17Mike Furrey, 10 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 82 yds, 6:09
stlFG0:07Jeff Wilkins 46 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 53 yds, 1:08
stlTD11:24Torry Holt, 16 yd pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yds, 2:41
detFG8:12Jason Hanson 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 34 yds, 3:10
detTD4:33Kevin Jones, 35 yd run (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 65 yds, 2:03
stlTD0:48Steven Jackson, 1 yd run (Jeff Wilkins kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:39
detTD11:16Kevin Jones, 7 yd run (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yds, 4:33
stlFG6:21Jeff Wilkins 47 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 51 yds, 4:55
stlTD2:00Isaac Bruce, 5 yd pass from Marc Bulger
Drive info: 7 plays, 56 yds, 2:46