The Rams had a 14-7 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early in the third quarter when they faced the third and -10 in LA 25. McVay made up the perfect play that would be the defining moment in the 34-24 of the Rams. victory over the reigning Super Bowl champions.
McVay requested a pass for DeSean Jackson on a go route. Jackson easily ran through the cornerback Carlton Davis III, caught up with him at the Buccaneers 30, then zigzagged his way through the last 10 meters and into the tunnel. He was finally greeted by the exuberant Rams coach, who ran on the sidelines to celebrate his team’s rise through two touchdowns.
“I think my hamstrings are already sore. I probably shot them both, ”McVay joked. “I was in the moment and having fun, enjoying watching these guys do their thing and there was a lot of reason to be excited for our team today.
Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said Jackson has gone wide open due to totally disrupted coverage and a lack of communication in high school.
Stafford, who said he wanted to come to Los Angeles to play in big games, had 343 yards and four touchdowns as he dueled Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (2-1), who saw their 10-game regular season and playoff streak shattered.
“We’re up against him once, he finds a guy wide open on the pitch and lets him know. Other guys, they see it but they can’t do it to them. He makes it clear to them, so he’s a special player, ”Arians said of Stafford.
The Rams are 3-0 for the third time in five seasons for McVay. The Super Bowl, which they reached in the 2018 season, will be played out in their lavish Hollywood Park home.
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald He was asked if he thought the Rams were one of the favorites to get there: “for sure.”
“Everyone always has fun together. And the last time we had a team like this we went to the Super Bowl, ”said Donald, who had three tackles and got his first career sack against Brady.
Stafford was off target in five of his first six attempts before heading into the fray as the Rams scored in their next six discs.
“I think Sean does a great job giving us a game plan that really keeps the defense on their toes,” said Stafford, who completed 27 of 38 assists. “I mean, we threw the ball under today, we threw screens, we threw it over, we threw the ball, we played, we did a little bit of everything. So when he gets us going like that, you know, it’s fun to go out there and perform them.
Brady, who completed 41 of 55 passes for 432 yards and two touchdowns (one pass, one rushing), joined Drew Brees like the only quarterbacks to throw over 80,000 yards.
Mike Evans finished with eight receptions for 106 yards for the Bucs (2-1).
“We started off slow, so every time you do that you fight all day, and I think we played against a good team that didn’t return the ball,” Brady said.
Stafford went 8 of 8 for 74 yards on a 14-play, 95-yard run topped by Tyler HigbeeReceiving a 6-yard touchdown on a quick pass gave the Rams a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Tampa Bay tied it to the drive that followed when Chris Godwin took a 2-yard sweep roll around the right end, but the game didn’t even last long.
The Rams took a 14-7 halftime lead when Cooper blow caught a 2-yard TD with 54 seconds left. It was the first of two scores for Kupp, who had nine catches for 96 yards.
After Jackson’s score, Brady put the Buccaneers at 21-14 on a one-yard goalie, but the Rams put him out of reach with 10 straight points. Stafford threw his fourth touchdown, 10 yards at Kupp, and Matt Gay added a 48 yard basket.
After the teams traded field goals, Tampa Bay added a touchdown with 1:10 left to play when Young Bernard scored on a 7-yard reception.
Jackson, who finished with three catches for 120 yards, has nine career touchdown receptions of at least 75 yards, tying him to Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most in NFL history according to Elias.
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The Tampa Bay running game was again virtually nonexistent with 35 yards. Brady was the Bucs’ best running back with 14 yards.
Sony michel, acquired from New England in the preseason, made his first start in Los Angeles and had 20 carries for 67 yards. Michel started with Darrell Henderson Jr. inactive due to a rib injury.
Tampa Bay Cornerback Jamel Dean injured his knee in the first quarter and did not return. Tight end Rob Gronkowski took a hit to the ribs in the third quarter and was out for a series before coming back.
Los Angeles linebacker Justin Hollin suffered a chest injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.
The Buccaneers are in New England next Sunday night as Brady returns to Foxborough, Massachusetts for one of the most anticipated clashes of the season.
The Rams host Arizona next Sunday in an NFC West clash of undefeated teams.
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