TAMPA, Fla. Jared Goff threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns, and Matt Gay kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:36 to go to give the Los Angeles Rams a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
Goff completed 39 of the 51 passes, including short scoring pitches to Robert Woods, Van Jefferson and Cam Akers. The Rams’ defense put pressure on Tom Brady all night, sealing the win with rookie safety Jordan Fuller’s second interception of the six-time Super Bowl champion.
“I was just in my zone, and the quarterback ended up throwing it in my direction,” Fuller said. ‘I said to myself,’ Don’t drop it, don’t drop it, don’t drop it. The second was about the same. I just read the quarterback’s eyes and could go get it. “
Cooper Kupp had 11 receptions for 150 yards and Woods finished with 10 catches for 130 yards to help the Rams climb back to first place in the NFC West. Both got passes on the eight-play, 53-yard drive that led Goff to put Los Angeles in position for Gay’s winning kick.
Brady was 26 out of 48 for 216 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams fired him once after joining Russell Wilson six times in the previous week’s 23-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
“Disappointed. I have to do better, ”said Brady.
Tampa Bay was limited to a touchdown and field goal in the second half, both set up by interceptions from Goff.
“They’ve done a good job of preventing (the big game),” said Brady. “They play a defense that makes them hard to hit. Not impossible, but we didn’t make it. “
Gay, a 2019 Bucs draft pick released after a rookie season marked by inconsistency, is the Rams’ third kicker in four weeks.
“I found out on Monday that the Rams were bringing me in,” said Gay. “It was a fast flight, so I could start testing to qualify for the game. Saturday was the first day that I could be in the building. Fortunately we played on Monday night. “
The Bucs (7-4) dropped to 1-3 in four prime-time games, despite avoiding the kind of slow start that hurt them losing to the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints and nearly cost them in a narrow win over the New York. Giants.
Coach Bruce Arians last week adjusted the team’s preparation schedule and held two practice sessions in the evening – one at the Raymond James Stadium.
“Everyone is disappointed. Everyone was ready to play, ”Arians said. “We played against a good football team. Nobody has their head down. “
Brady answered a 10-play, 80-yard, 7-minute, 55-second drive Goff led to give the Rams a 7-0 lead with a pair of long scoring drives of his own to set up the Bucs 14-7 with a 9-yard TD pass to Mike Evans.
Goff threw TD passes to Woods and Jefferson in the first half, then used Woods’ 20-yard catch and ran to the Tampa Bay 20 to set up Gay’s 38-yard field goal after the time passed to give Los Angeles a 17-yard lead -14 to give at half time.
With the Bucs trailing 24-17, Brady took advantage of Goff’s second interception of the night. The catch from Chris Godwin’s 13-yard TD made it 24-all, setting the way for Goff to move the Rams downfield for the go-ahead field goal.
An all-black duty squad worked on an NFL game for the first time in league history.
Referee Jerome Boger led the crew, including umpire Barry Anderson, judge Julian Mapp, linesman Carl Johnson, field judge Dale Shaw, side judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed.
The Monday night crew on duty have a total of 89 seasons of NFL experience and have worked six Super Bowls.
The first black official in a major sport was Burl Toler, hired by the NFL in 1965.
Ramming: Did not announce any injuries during the game.
Buccaneers: LG Ali Marpet missed its third straight game due to concussion. … LT Donovan Smith injured his left ankle in the first offensive play of the game, but returned. … CB Jamel Dean left with a concussion in the third quarter.
Rams: Host NFC West to rival San Francisco next Sunday.
Buccaneers: Stay home on Sunday to host the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City.