Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff finished 39-of-51 passing for 376 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Tom Brady went 26-of-48 for two scores and two picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last Updated: 24/11/20 6:02am
Matt Gay scored a 40-yard field goal with 2:36 left and Jordan Fuller grabbed his second interception of the game less than a minute later as the Los Angeles Rams secured a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
Jared Goff completed 39-of-51 passes for 376 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions as the Rams (7-3) won for the third time in their past four games. Robert Woods had 12 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown, while Cooper Kupp caught 11 passes for 145 yards.
Tom Brady finished 26-of-48 passing for 216 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Buccaneers (7-4), who lost for the second time in the past three games. The two TD passes lifted Brady’s career count to 566, allowing him to pass injured New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (565) for the most in NFL history.
Mike Evans and Chris Godwin caught scoring passes for Tampa Bay, who were outgained 413 yards to 251.
- Rams stats: Jared Goff, 39/51, 376 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
- Rushing leader: Malcolm Brown, 3 carries, 20 yards
- Receiving leader: Cooper Kupp, 11 catches, 145 yards
Gay was making his Los Angeles debut, and the winning field goal came against the team that employed him last season.
The Buccaneers had time to recover, but Brady made a poor downfield throw and Fuller easily intercepted the pass at the Los Angeles 31-yard line and returned it six yards with 1:49 left as the Rams went on to the win.
The contest featured an all-black officiating crew for the first time in NFL history. Leading the way was Jerome Boger, who is in his 15th season as a referee and 17th overall as an NFL official.
Fuller returned his first interception 37 yards to help the Rams take a 24-17 lead in the third quarter. Los Angeles moved 37 yards on five plays after the takeaway, with Goff throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to Cam Akers with 5:39 remaining.
- Buccaneers stats: Tom Brady, 26/48, 216 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
- Rushing leader: Ronald Jones, 10 carries, 24 yards
- Receiving leader: Antonio Brown, 8 catches, 57 yards
|Rams 7-0 Buccaneers||Jared Goff four-yard TD pass to Robert Woods (extra point)|
|Rams 7-7 Buccaneers||Tom Brady nine-yard TD pass to Mike Evans (extra point)|
|Rams 7-14 Buccaneers||Leonard Fournette two-yard rushing TD (extra point)|
|Rams 14-14 Buccaneers||Jared Goff seven-yard TD pass to Van Jefferson (extra point)|
|Rams 17-14 Buccaneers||Matt Gay 38-yard field goal|
|Rams 17-17 Buccaneers||Ryan Succop 38-yard field goal|
|Rams 24-17 Buccaneers||Jared Goff four-yard TD pass to Cam Akers (extra point)|
|Rams 24-24 Buccaneers||Tom Brady 13-yard TD pass to Chris Godwin (extra point)|
|Rams 27-24 Buccaneers||Matt Gay 40-yard field goal|
Goff made a crucial mistake in the final stanza when he was intercepted by Tampa Bay’s Jordan Whitehead with 7:17 left. The Buccaneers capitalised as Brady hit Godwin on a 13-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 24 with 3:53 to play.
The Rams scored on their first possession of the game on Goff’s four-yard pass to Woods.
Tampa Bay responded with two touchdowns, the first coming in the opening minute of the second quarter when Evans caught a nine-yard pass from Brady. The second came on Leonard Fournette’s two-yard run with 8:35 left in the half.
Los Angeles knotted the score at 14 on Goff’s seven-yard throw to Van Jefferson with 4:31 left in the second period. Gay’s 38-yard field goal as time expired gave the Rams a 17-14 halftime lead.
The Buccaneers tied the score on Ryan Succop’s 38-yard field goal with 12:41 left in the third quarter.
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