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Los Angeles Rams 30-27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Matt Gay's late field goal sends Rams to NFC Championship Game after stunning Bucs comeback

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came from 24 points down to tie the game at 27-27 with 42 seconds left, thanks to Leonard Fournette's touchdown run, before Cooper Kupp's 44-yard reception set up Matt Gay's game-winning field goal for the Los Angeles Rams in the final seconds

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Highlights of the Los Angeles Rams' clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional playoffs

Matt Gay converted a 30-yard field goal as time expired on Sunday to lift the Los Angeles Rams to a thrilling 30-27 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their NFC divisional round playoff clash. 

Story of the Game

The Rams advance to the conference title game next Sunday when they will look to snap a six-game losing streak against the San Francisco 49ers with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake.

A win in the NFC final would enable Los Angeles to become the second straight franchise to play a home game in the Super Bowl.

Gay's game-winning kick Sunday was set up when Matthew Stafford, who completed 28 of 38 passes for 366 yards and two touchdowns, found Cooper Kupp for a 44-yard gain to the Buccaneers' 12-yard line, capping a nine-catch, 183-yard day for the regular season leader in receiving yards.

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Matt Gay kicks the winning field goal for the Rams to beat the Bucs and reach the NFC championship game

"Steal somebody's soul," Stafford said of leading the game-winning drive. "You get to reach in there and take it from them. That's a whole lot of fun."

What's Next?

The Rams march on to an NFC Championship showdown with division rival 49ers - live on Sky Sports NFL from 11.30pm, Sunday night - after Kyle Shanahan's side clinched victory late on against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Saturday night.

As for the Bucs, expect more questions surrounding the future of a certain veteran quarterback.

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Stats Leaders


  • Passing: Matthew Stafford, 28/38, 366 yards, 2 TDs
  • Rushing: Cam Akers, 24 carries, 48 yards
  • Receiving: Cooper Kupp, nine catches, 181 yards, 1 TD


  • Passing: Tom Brady, 30/54, 329 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Rushing: Leonard Fournette, 13 carries, 51 yards, 2 TDs
  • Receiving: Mike Evans, eight catches, 119 yards, 1 TD

Scoring Summary

Scoring summary

Rams 3-0 Bucs Matt Gay 26-yard field goal
Rams 10-0 Bucs Matthew Stafford seven-yard TD pass to Kendall Blanton (extra point)
Rams 10-3 Bucs Ryan Succop 45-yard field goal
Rams 17-3 Bucs Matthew Stafford 70-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp
Rams 20-3 Bucs Matt Gay 40-yard field goal
Rams 27-3 Bucs Matthew Stafford one-yard rushing TD (extra point)
Rams 27-6 Bucs Ryan Succop 31-yard field goal
Rams 27-13 Bucs Leonard Fournette one-yard rushing TD (extra point)
Rams 27-20 Bucs Tom Brady 55-yard TD pass to Mike Evans (extra point)
Rams 27-27 Bucs Leonard Fournette nine-yard rushing TD (extra point)
Rams 30-27 Bucs Matt Gay 30-yard field goal

Key Moments

Tampa Bay tied the game at 27-27 with 42 seconds left when Leonard Fournette had a nine-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one, completing the Bucs' comeback from a 24-point third-quarter deficit. But they left just enough time for Los Angeles to beat them.

Tom Brady led a frantic second-half fightback, hitting 30 of 54 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown for the game, with an interception.

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Leonard Fournette goes over for the game-tying touchdown for the Bucs against the Rams

Mike Evans caught eight passes for 119 yards and a 55-yard score that pulled the Bucs within 27-20 with 3:20 to play.

Ultimately, Tampa Bay couldn't overcome its sluggish start and some key injuries. The Bucs played without Pro Bowl right tackle Tristan Wirfs (ankle), who missed a game for the first time in his two NFL seasons.

"Things happen. People get hurt," Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David said of the Bucs' season. "We had some mishaps here and there, guys bump heads. We had a lot of turmoil going on in our organisation. Guys getting injured, guys who were a huge part of our success.

"It was definitely a tough season."

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Tom Brady throws a 55-yard pass to Mike Evans for the Bucs' touchdown against the Rams

Los Angeles controlled the first half behind big pass plays and a tough, physical defense that harassed Brady continually, and opened the scoring just under seven minutes into the game on a 26-yard field goal by Gay.

Stafford made it 10-0 on the Rams' next drive, rolling left and flipping a seven-yard touchdown pass across his body to backup tight end Kendall Blanton.

Tampa Bay got on the board with 32 seconds left in the first quarter on Ryan Succop's 45-yard field goal.

But Los Angeles made it 17-3 with 14:17 left in the second quarter when Stafford turned third-and-20 into a 70-yard scoring strike to Kupp. Another field goal from Gay, a 40-yarder with 2:19 remaining in the half, gave the Rams a 20-3 cushion at the break.

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Matthew Stafford goes over for a rushing touchdown for the Rams against the Bucs

Stafford's one-yard sneak with 7:11 left in the third quarter increased the margin to a seemingly insurmountable 27-3.

However, the Bucs started their rally with a 31-yard field goal by Succop with 3:06 left, then turned one of four lost fumbles by Los Angeles into Fournette's one-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds remaining in the period.

"We certainly worked hard," Brady said. "And every team at this point does."

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