Robert Quinn walked into his postgame news conference Sunday with a smile on his face and a game ball tucked under his arm.
Chris Long has dubbed him Black Lightning. But the Terminator might work as well. On a day when Tampa Bay refused to go quietly, Quinn closed out the Buccaneers in record-setting fashion in the Rams’ 23-13 victory.

The third-year defensive end sacked Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon on fourth and 10 from the Tampa 36 on the first play after the 2-minute warning in the fourth quarter. That tied Kevin Carter’s franchise record of 17 sacks set in 1999 during the Rams’ Super Bowl championship season.

Tampa Bay got the ball back with 45 seconds left on the clock, but on third down Quinn dropped Glennon again, on the final play of the game.

It was Quinn’s way of saying: Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

The Rams thus improved to 7-8, matching their victory total of a year ago. Tampa Bay, which had won four of its previous six games, fell to 4-11.

Quinn’s third sack of the day gave him 18 for the season and a franchise record.

“What can you say about Rob?” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Very impressive when you take into consideration the history of the organization — and the defensive linemen, the pass rushers, and the Fearsome Foursome, all of that stuff. For him to set the single-season franchise sack record was pretty impressive. Happy for him.”

Yes, the late, great Deacon Jones had 22 sacks in both 1964 and ’68. Another Hall of Famer, Jack Youngblood, put up 18 in 1979. But sacks weren’t an official NFL stat until 1982, so Quinn has the franchise record.

“Kevin Carter was a great player,” Quinn said. “Getting 17 sacks is tough. To be able to top that is even tougher. I can’t do it by myself. ... So a lot of credit goes to my ‘D-line’ and defense to help me get to that number. Like I keep saying, the man upstairs has been great. So I can’t ask for anything more.”

Thanks to defensive line teammates Long and William Hayes, Quinn was given the hero’s treatment at the end of the game by getting carried off the field.