Bucs vs. Rams Divisional Round Most Disappointing


The Bucs made an exhilarating spectacle of a divisional spherical playoff sport. Tampa Bay rallied from down 27-3 to tie the sport up at 27-27, solely to see the crew’s hearts ripped out because the Rams marched down the sphere to arrange a game-winning chip shot discipline aim.

The second half was a wild show of soccer as each groups turned the ball over a number of occasions, main the Bucs to get again into the sport led by Tom Brady and two touchdowns from Leonard Fournette. The protection had its moments, too, as Ndamukong Suh pressured a fumble to arrange the Bucs with nice discipline place for the game-tying rating.

On the finish of the day it wasn’t sufficient to advance to the subsequent spherical. Right here’s who was most disappointing from the sport.

DC Todd Bowles

Don’t let all of the second half turnovers idiot you. The Bucs stored getting the ball again as a result of the Rams impolded and continued to fumble. Bowles didn’t out-scheme Sean McVay. Actually, the Rams have been shredding the Bucs within the passing sport as Matthew Stafford threw for 366 yards and two passing touchdowns.

However Bowles makes this checklist for a foul resolution late within the sport. He known as for a canopy zero and a blitz on the play the place Stafford hit Cooper Kupp down the sphere for a 44-yard achieve to get into discipline aim vary for the game-winner. There was no purpose to blitz when there was solely 28 seconds left on the clock and the Rams had no timeouts. Stafford has been nice in opposition to the blitz and but Bowles performed proper into his arms. There was apparently miscommunication on the play, which additionally questions why he was making such a fancy name in that scenario of the sport. That’s a second that Bucs followers shall be considering of all offseason.

LB Devin White

I respect the power that White brings to the sport. With that mentioned, White continuously leaves his project or accountability when he thinks he could make the large play, however most occasions he comes up quick. White bit very exhausting on a play motion pretend, leaving Kendall Blanton, who he was imagined to cowl, vast open in the long run zone for the landing. White had a tricky time in man protection, however was even worse in zone. He made eight tackles within the sport with one deal with for loss and a quarterback hit.

RT Josh Wells

It was a tall process for Wells to come back in substitute Tristan Wirfs. Then having to dam Aaron Donald one-on-one is rattling close to unimaginable. Whether or not it was Donald or the remainder of the Rams’ defensive position, Wells struggled to maintain the go rushers in entrance him of him. He battled by way of a quad damage and later an ankle damage, which took him out of the sport for a bit, however he was not at his finest when out there.

P Bradley Pinion

Pinion was flat out horrible on this sport. He kicked the ball out of bounds on the kickoff not as soon as, however twice. That gave the Rams beginning discipline place on the 40-yard line. How does that occur? It was a head scratching to say the least. Pinion additionally had an opportunity to pin the Rams again early within the sport, however his punt bounced into the top zone for a touchback.

S Mike Edwards

Edwards missed an project on the third-and-20 landing go from Stafford to Kupp to place the Rams up 17-0. Not solely was Kupp vast open on the play, however Edwards missed the deal with that would have prevented the 70-yard landing. The entire play was egregious. How do you enable a play like that on third-and-20? My goodness. As thrilling as a ball-hawking participant that Edwards is, he must get higher at tackling. He missed a number of on Sunday when the Bucs have been making an attempt to get again into it. Edwards ended the sport with one deal with.

CB Sean Murphy-Bunting

Murphy-Bunting additionally missed his share of tackles within the sport and completed with simply 4 stops. He slipped and fell down on Kupp’s 20-yard catch proper earlier than his 44-yarder that received the sport. Murphy-Bunting had some protection lapses that simply can’t occur and didn’t play properly outdoors of a fumble restoration within the fourth quarter.

LT Donovan Smith 

Wells wasn’t the one offensive deal with that struggled. Smith was crushed a number of occasions to the skin by Von Miller and different rushers. Tom Brady was hit many occasions and even misplaced the ball as soon as. It was an general dangerous day for the whole offensive line.

Okay Ryan Succop

Succop had one job and didn’t do it effectively sufficient. Whereas he made a 45-yard discipline aim and all of his additional factors, he missed a 48-yarder that may have made the sport 17-6 on the time. The Bucs have been in a position to tie it up, however in the long run they misplaced by three factors. They may’ve used that discipline aim that he missed.

KR-PR Jaelon Darden

The experiment with the rookie Darden at kick returner has been a failed one. Darden’s common on kick returns was simply 15 yards. He’s proven no capacity to interrupt tackles or discover the lane to rise up the sphere. He constantly cuts to the skin however doesn’t get across the edge. I’m satisfied that Darden has curler skates on his cleats as a result of no participant slips and slides on the sphere like he does. Darden additionally returned one punt for 5 yards with little or no impression on the sport earlier than leaving with a concussion.

WR Tyler Johnson

Since Breshad Perriman and Cyril Grayson have been out, Johnson had a chance to step up because the quantity two receiver. He didn’t seize the second, although, making simply three catches for 15 yards. Johnson dropped a 3rd down go that was behind him, however most likely ought to have caught it anyway. He didn’t win too a lot of his battles as Brady needed to look elsewhere with the ball. The Bucs are going to be in search of a quantity three receiver this offseason.

Referee Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalties

It wouldn’t be an NFL sport with out the refs being concerned with one thing they did poorly. As gamers are giving it their all on the market, the refs put the sport in their very own arms with ridiculous unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. The refs flagged Ndamukong Suh for one regardless that it was Matthew Stafford that kicked him after the play. Loopy of all, was the truth that the refs penalized Brady for arguing with the ref after he was hit within the head by Miller. It was dangerous sufficient that they missed that decision, however why be so fast to throw the flag on Brady? Give him a warning first. Its the playoffs, feelings are working excessive. You don’t want to ascertain authority, allow them to play. The one affordable penalty was on Lavonte David for taking off his helmet on the sphere and throwing it down.

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