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Bucs historic comeback falls short with Gay’s game-winning FG

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed a lot of fight in their NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams. However, the Rams were able to win the game.

The Rams defeated the reigning Super Bowl champions, 30-27, at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday in Tampa, Florida.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Kendall Blanton celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kendall Blanton celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by the Los Angeles Rams/Instagram)

With the win, the Rams will face the San Francisco 49ers for the third-time this season. The two teams will do battle in the NFC Conference Championship game at SoFi Stadium next Sunday.

The 49ers have won both games this season. San Francisco has also won six straight games over Los Angeles over the past several seasons.

The Buccaneers season came to an end with the loss.

The Rams led 27-3 before the Buccaneers mounted an historic comeback. They scored 24 straight points to get the game tied late in the fourth quarter.

However, Matthew Stafford — who was acquired in the offseason in a blockbuster deal with the Detroit Lions — made one of the biggest plays of his career. He connected with Cooper Kupp, who beat a Bucs defensive player for a big play.

This play put the Rams in field goal position. As time expired, Matt Gay — who previously played for the Bucs — made a 30-yard field goal.

Stafford went 28 of 38 for 366 yards. He had two touchdown passes.

Cam Akers had 24 carries for 48 yards. Kupp also had nine receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown reception.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady went 30 of 54 for 329 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.

Leonard Fournette had 13 carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team with nine receptions for 56 yards.

The Buccaneers outscored the Rams 24-10 in the second half. Fournette scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.

He also scored on a nine-yard rushing touchdown. Brady hit Mike Evans for a 55-yard touchdown reception.

Ryan Succop made a 31-yard field goal.

Stafford scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Gay made the aforementioned game-winning field goal.

The Rams led 20-3 at halftime. Stafford hit Kendall Blanton for a seven-yard touchdown reception.

Stafford also hit Krupp for a 70-yard touchdown reception. Gay made two field goals.

Succop also made a 45-yard field goal.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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