The Bucs gained’t be repeating as Tremendous Bowl champions, as Tampa Bay misplaced a heart-breaker, 30-27, to the Los Angeles Rams. Tampa Bay fell behind 20-3 at halftime and later 27-3 within the third quarter earlier than mounting an enormous comeback within the second half. The Bucs protection had a hand in 4 Rams turnovers, however as soon as the sport was tied, 27-27, with 42 seconds left, the Rams used to huge performs within the passing sport to get in subject purpose place to win the sport.
Listed here are essentially the most spectacular Buccaneers from Sunday’s loss:
QB Tom Brady
Brady was beneath duress for a lot of the sport and was sacked 3 times and hit on six different events. He was additionally the sufferer of a number of dropped passes on third downs, together with tight ends Cameron Brate and Rob Gronkowski and extensive receivers Mike Evans and Tyler Johnson. That contributed mightily to Tampa Bay’s putrid 3-of-14 (21.4 %) on third downs.
Brady was capable of rally the Bucs for twenty-four second half factors after trailing 20-3 at halftime, throwing a 55-yard landing go to Mike Evans within the course of. He completed the sport finishing 30-of-54 passes for 329 yards with one landing and one interception.
WR Mike Evans
After a gradual begin, Evans picked up his play as the sport progressed. He had 4 catches for 45 yards at halftime, however actually got here on within the second half. Evans caught 4 passes for 74 yards within the second half. He torched Rams Professional Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey on a 55-yard landing catch within the fourth quarter that helped carry the Bucs again. Evans completed with eight catches for 119 yards (14.9 avg.) and one landing.
RB Leonard Fournette
Fournette had beneficial properties of 11 and 10 yards on the primary two performs of the sport to choose up a pair of first downs. He then had 13 yards on a primary quarter display screen go. When the Bucs bought down 20-3 within the first half and 27-3 within the second half, Fournette’s function was lowered till the top.
Fournette scored Tampa Bay’s first landing within the third quarter to tighten the rating to 27-13. Then his 9-yard landing run on fourth-and-1 tied the sport at 27-27 with 42 seconds left. Fournette completed with 51 yards dashing and two touchdowns on 13 carries and caught all 9 of his targets for 56 yards.
Brady stated, “He exhibits up within the huge moments.” That was true as we speak.
ILB Lavonte David
On a day wherein the Bucs protection made task errors and had been sloppy tackling the ballcarrier, David was most likely Tampa Bay’s steadiest participant. David completed with a game-high 11 tackles and had a key fumble restoration, which led to the Bucs tying the sport at 27-27 within the fourth quarter.
TE Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski’s first catch went for 29 yards and arrange the Bucs’ subject purpose drive. His 42-yarder arrange Tampa Bay’s second subject purpose within the third quarter. Gronkowski didn’t play his greatest, however with only a few weapons to work with, he was the second-best weapon within the passing sport for Tom Brady. He overcame an early drop to complete with 4 catches for 85 yards.
NT Vita Vea
Vea might need performed the perfect of any of the Bucs’ defensive linemen. He recorded Tampa Bay’s lone sack and made a few key run stops within the inside. Vea additionally had two QB hits.
DT Ndamukong Suh
Suh made six tackles and recorded half a sack, plus an enormous compelled fumble on Cam Akers that led to Tampa Bay tying the sport at 27-27 with lower than a minute left. Suh had a team-high 4 quarterback hits.