Super stud Tom Brady will not win his eighth Super Bowl after a wild finish in Sunday’s divisional playoff game. At first, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked like they were going to come up short in their NFL divisional round matchup with the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium. But, never count out the GOAT, even with a bloody lip.
In the absence of starting tackle Tristan Wirfs, head coach Sean McVay deployed All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald to the edge to take advantage of that matchup, leading to numerous third down sacks for Tom Brady. The score was 27-3 after the half.
Then the Bucs came back to life with five minutes left in the fourth quarter thanks to a chunk play followed by a Ram’s key turnover sparked by Buc’s “D” Ndamukong Suh.
Tampa then closed the gap to a one score game, 27-20.
Fourth and goal, Al Michael’s proclaims that “This is officially lunacy.” The Buc’s Leonard Fournette ran the rock nine yards into the end zone to tie the game 27-27.
Like Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who lost to the San Francisco 49ers for a fourth consecutive time in the playoffs, it wasn’t Brady or the Buc’s day. The Rams win 30-27 with a walk-off field goal.
Former Detroit Lion QB, Matthew Stanford, and the Rams will deservedly move on to play the 49’ers and Brady’s former backup QB at the Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo, in the NFC championship next weekend. The Rams will possibly have home field advantage in not just next week’s game, but also for the Super Bowl which will be played at the new $4 billion SoFi stadium in Los Angeles…if they win next Sunday.