Matthew Stafford leads Rams over Tom Brady, Bucs; advance to NFC title game

Stafford, who was acquired in a trade with the Detroit Lions during the offseason, completato 28 di 38 passa per 366 yards with two touchdowns, and kicker Matt Gay booted a 30-yard field goal as time expired, to lead the Rams to a 30-27 win to hold off Tom Brady e il Tampa Bay Buccaneers domenica sera.

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TAMPA, FLORIDA - GENNAIO 23: Devin White #45 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defend as Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball in the first quarter of the game in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 a Tampa, Florida.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – GENNAIO 23: Devin White #45 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defend as Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball in the first quarter of the game in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 a Tampa, Florida. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Rams will square off against the San Francisco 49ers for a third time this season, and the winner will advance to Super Bowl LVI.

Brady and the Bucs trailed 27-3 in the second half, but with the help of three Rams turnovers, Tampa Bay battled back and tied the game with 42 seconds left in the fourth when running back Leonard Fournette punched in a 9-yard TD run on fourth-and-inches.

The Bucs, tuttavia, never got the ball back on offense.

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TAMPA, FLORIDA - GENNAIO 23: Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball in the third quarter of the game of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 a Tampa, Florida.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – GENNAIO 23: Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball in the third quarter of the game of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 a Tampa, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

On the Ramsensuing drive, Stafford completed a 20-yard strike to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, which set up a 44-yard pass-and-catch to Kupp before Gay’s game-winning field goal.

Stafford entered this postseason with an 0-3 record di carriera, but he managed to lead the Rams to back-to-back victories to advance to the NFC Championship. La settimana scorsa, he led Los Angeles to a wild-card round win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Brady, d'altra parte, completato 30 di 54 passa per 329 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble.

TAMPA, FLORIDA - GENNAIO 23: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is sacked by Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams in the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 a Tampa, Florida.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – GENNAIO 23: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is sacked by Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams in the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 a Tampa, Florida. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Bucs (14-5) season came to an end, and they will not have an opportunity to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

As Tampa Bay enters the offseason, the question that looms is if Brady will return for a third year with the Bucs.

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