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Rams ride big-play defense, beat winless Jaguars 34-20 to end 3-game losing streak

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    St. Louis Rams tight end Lance Kendricks, left, is congratulated by Cory Harkey after catching a 16-yard pass for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)The Associated Press

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    St. Louis Rams defensive back Matt Giordano (27) runs past Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) and wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) after intercepting a pass and running it back 82-yards for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)The Associated Press

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    St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)The Associated Press

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    St. Louis Rams defensive back Matt Giordano (27) is congratulated by James Laurinaitis, left, and Trumaine Johnson after intercepting a pass and running it back 82-yards for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)The Associated Press

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    Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, left, runs with the ball as St. Louis Rams defensive end Kendall Langford defends during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)The Associated Press

Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and Matt Giordano's 82-yard interception return was one of several big plays from the St. Louis Rams' defense in a 34-20 victory Sunday that kept the Jacksonville Jaguars winless.

Austin Pettis' 31-yard TD catch with 5:45 to go was his second of the day and put the Rams (2-3) up by two scores. St. Louis, which had trailed by double digits in every game, established control with a 17-point second quarter after Jacksonville (0-5) had a pair of early leads.

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert injured his left hamstring in the third quarter. Rookie left tackle Luke Joeckel was carted off with a right ankle injury in the first.

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