Goff throws three touchdowns in Rams’ win over Buccaneers

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TAMPA, Fla – Jared Goff threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns, and Matt Gay threw a 40-yard field goal with 2:36 left to give the Los Angeles Rams a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday evening. .Goff completed 39 of 51 assists, including short throws to Robert Woods, Van Jefferson and Cam Akers. The Rams’ defense pressured Tom Brady through the night and sealed the victory with rookie safety Jordan Fuller’s second interception of the six-time Super Bowl champion.

“I was right in my zone, and the quarterback ended up throwing it in my direction,” Fuller said. “I was just like, ‘Don’t drop it, don’t drop it, don’t drop it. The second was a bit the same. I was just reading the quarterback’s eyes and was able to go get him. ”

Cooper Kupp had 11 receptions for 145 yards and Woods finished with 10 catches for 130 yards to help the Rams climb back to first place in the NFC West. The two caught passes in all eight games and 53 practice yards that Goff led to bring Los Angeles into position for Gay’s winning kick.

Brady finished 26 of 48 for 216 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams sacked him once after facing Russell Wilson six times in the previous week’s 23-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

“Disappointed. I have to do a better job, ”Brady said.

Tampa Bay was limited to a touchdown and a basket in the second half, both set up by interceptions thrown by Goff.

“They did a good job of preventing (the big game),” Brady said. “They play a defense that makes them hard to hit. Not impossible, but we haven’t touched any. ”

Gay, a 2019 Bucs Draft pick who was released after an inconsistent rookie season, is the Rams’ third kicker in four weeks.

“I learned on Monday that the Rams were bringing me,” Gay said. “It was a quick flight so I could start testing to be eligible for the game. Saturday was the first day I was able to be in the building. Fortunately, we played on Monday night. ”

The Bucs (7-4) fell to 1-3 in four prime-time games despite avoiding the type of slow start that hurt them in losses to the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints and which nearly cost them a narrow victory over New York. Giants.

Coach Bruce Arians adjusted the team’s preparation schedule last week, hosting two night workouts – one at Raymond James Stadium.

“Everyone is disappointed. Everyone was ready to play, ”Arians said. “We played a good football team. No one has their head down. ”

Brady responded to a 10-play, 80-yard, 7-minute, 55-second practice that Goff drove to give the Rams a 7-0 lead with a few long practices that saw him lead the Bucs 14-7 with a Pass. from 9 yards to Mike Evans.

Goff threw TD first-half passes to Woods and Jefferson, then used Woods’ 20-yard catch and Tampa Bay 20-yard run to establish Gay’s 38-yard basket as time expired. to give Los Angeles a 17-14 halftime lead. .

As the Bucs trailed 24-17, Brady took advantage of Goff to start his second interception of the night. Chris Godwin’s 13-yard TD capture made it 24, clearing the way for Goff to move the Rams down to the starting basket.

HISTORIC CREW

An all-black umpiring team took part in an NFL game for the first time in league history.

Referee Jerome Boger led the crew, which also included Referee Barry Anderson, Bottom Judge Julian Mapp, Linesman Carl Johnson, Field Judge Dale Shaw, Side Judge Anthony Jeffries and Rear Judge Greg Steed.

Members of Monday night’s umpiring team had 89 seasons of NFL experience and worked six Super Bowls.

The first black official in any major sport was Burl Toler, hired by the NFL in 1965.

INJURIES

Rams: did not report any injuries during the match.

Buccaneers: LG Ali Marpet missed his third game in a row with a concussion. … LT Donovan Smith injured his left ankle in the game’s first offensive play, but came back. … CB Jamel Dean started in the third quarter with a concussion.

NEXT

Rams: Host NFC West rival San Francisco next Sunday.

Buccaneers: Stay home to welcome defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City on Sunday.

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