ST. LOUIS — The toughest part of Robert Quinn’s day was surviving the ride to the locker room after the game.
‘‘[My teammates] hoisted me off,’’ the Rams defensive end said. ‘‘I was hoping I didn’t get dropped.’’
Quinn got three sacks to break the franchise season record and take the NFL lead, too, as St. Louis beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-13, on Sunday.
Fellow defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes waited just inside the tunnel to the locker room and scooped up the 264-pound Quinn.
Quinn has 18 sacks, 1½ more than Indianapolis’ Robert Mathis for the league lead, and broke Kevin Carter’s mark of 17 set in the 1999 Super Bowl season. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.