St. Louis took a 17-6 lead over Houston into halftime and opened the second half in thrilling fashion.
Up by 11 points, the Rams went for the jugular on their first possession of the second half by marching 80 yards. The drive was capped with a Sam Bradford 4-yard touchdown pass to Brian Quick to make the score 24-6 in favor of the visitors. The connection was Bradford’s third touchdown throw of the game.
Mere seconds later, the Rams struck again. This time via special teams.
Houston’s Keshawn Martin returned the ensuing kickoff up the middle but was hit by Rodney McLeod, who knocked the ball loose and Daren Bates scooped it up and dashed 11 yards for the touchdown to make it a 31-6 Rams lead.
Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub suffered a leg injury late in the quarter, and backup T.J. Yates took over. The Texans were threatening inside the Rams’ 5-yard line when Yates was intercepted by rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree, who sprinted 98 yards for the pick six.
The Rams lead the Texans 38-6 at the end of the third quarter.