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                      === Gibson lifts Rams over Bills ===
 
 Orchard  Park, NY  (Sports Network) - Brandon Gibson's 13-yard touchdown catch
 with  48  seconds remaining lifted the  St. Louis Rams over the Buffalo Bills,
 15-12.
 
 Gibson ended with six catches for 100 yards for the Rams (6-6-1), who have won
 three  in  a row  for the  first time since  2006 and  remain in the wild-card
 playoff hunt.
 
 Sam  Bradford  completed 19-of-39 passes  for 209  yards, one touchdown and an
 interception  for St.  Louis, which scored all  15 of its points in the second
 half.
 
 Steven  Jackson  carried the ball  19 times  for 64 yards  and a score for the
 victors.
 
 Ryan  Fitzpatrick  connected on  25-of-33 passes for  247 yards, one touchdown
 and an interception for the Bills (5-8), who have lost two of three.
 
 "We are not making the plays to win ball games," Bills coach Chan Gailey said.
 "That  is what  winninng teams  do.  Winning teams  make plays  in the  fourth
 quarter to win ball games. We are not doing that right now. We have to do that
 or  we will  not get over the hump.  That is what we are supposed to be doing.
 That is what I am supposed to be getting them to do."
 
 Trailing  12-7,  the Rams took over  at their own  16 with 4:55 to play. Lance
 Kendricks  caught  a 22-yard pass to  move the ball into Buffalo territory. On
 4th-and-1,  Austin  Pettis hauled  in a pass  of nine yards  to keep St. Louis
 alive.  Gibson caught an 11-yard pass three plays later to put the ball at the
 13.  Bradford  then hooked  up with  Gibson in the  middle of  the end zone. A
 successful two-point conversion made it 15-12 St. Louis.
 
 Jo-Lonn Dunbar sealed the win for the Rams with a pick of Fitzpatrick.
 
 "The  offensive guys came  alive on the last drive and made plays," Rams coach
 Jeff Fisher said.
 
 The  Bills started at their own 27 following a pair of punts from each team to
 start  the game. Donald  Jones caught a 19-yard pass on the first play to move
 the  ball close to  midfield. C.J. Spiller took a screen pass 15 yards on 3rd-
 and-13,  before Scott Chandler hauled in a 15-yard pass. Buffalo had to settle
 for a 35-yard Rian Lindell field goal with 2:14 left.
 
 Buffalo  had  a chance  to add to  its lead  at the end  of the first quarter.
 However,  Fred Jackson  fumbled the ball in  the red zone on the final play of
 the stanza.
 
 The  Rams' offense finally  started to move the ball late in the second frame.
 But  on  3rd-and-4 from  the Buffalo 44,  Bradford's pass hit  off the back of
 Bryan Scott. Stephon Gilmore caught the deflected pass for an interception and
 sprinted 62 yards the other way for a touchdown.
 
 The  score was nullified by a holding penalty on the return. Buffalo took over
 near  midfield  and eventually settled  for a  40-yard Lindell field goal. The
 Bills took a 6-0 lead into the locker room.
 
 St.  Louis opened  the second  half with  an 11-play,  70-yard scoring  drive.
 Gibson  caught back-to-back passes  of 22 and 16 yards to move the ball to the
 Buffalo  9-yard  line. Steven Jackson  capped the march  with a 1-yard TD run,
 giving the Rams a 7-6 edge.
 
 The  Bills responded  with a touchdown of their own on the ensuing possession.
 The  drive started with three straight plays of at least 11 yards. T.J. Graham
 added catches of 11 and 16 yards to move the ball to the 11-yard line. On 2nd-
 and-goal from the two, Fitzpatrick used the play-action pass to find Lee Smith
 wide  open  in the end  zone. A botched  snap on the  extra point kept it 12-7
 Buffalo with 3:26 left in the third period.
 
 Buffalo had great field position to start the fourth quarter. Rams punter John
 Hekker  managed to get a punt off after dropping the snap. It was a poor punt,
 though, and the Bills took over near midfield.
 
 The Bills failed to capitalize and were forced to punt.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Bills lead the all-time series with the Rams by a 6-5 margin ... St. Louis
 ended  the  2006 season with  three straight  victories ... Rams wide receiver
 Danny  Amendola  (foot) missed the game  ... The Bills were without cornerback
 Aaron  Williams,  defensive end  Mark Anderson  and center  Eric Wood ... Fred
 Jackson was helped off the field after appearing to hurt his right leg late in
 the fourth quarter.
 
 12/09 18:45:09 ET

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