The Bucs fell short in prime time again on Monday night, losing 27-24 to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11.
The Rams were able to get pressure on quarterback Tom Brady consistently, and it resulted in a rough night from the 21-year veteran. Brady finished the night completing just 26 of his 48 pass attempts for 216 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, his second pick coming on the Bucs’ final drive of the game and sealing the victory for Los Angeles. On the other side of the field, Tampa Bay largely struggled stopping Jared Goff and the Rams offense as the Bucs allowed Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to combine for 23 receptions, 275 yards and one of Goff’s three passing touchdowns on the night. Trailing 24-17 in the fourth quarter, a key interception from safety Jordan Whitehead – one of two turnovers from Goff – led to a short field for Tampa Bay and the Bucs took advantage, tying the game on a touchdown pass to Chris Godwin with 3:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Rams were able to answer back and move into field goal range where the Bucs’ former fifth-round pick Matt Gay would convert what would prove to be the game-winning, 40-yard field goal.
The loss moves Tampa Bay to 7-4 on the season and the Bucs sit as the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture, ahead of the 6-4 Arizona Cardinals and below the 7-3 Seahawks, and in second place behind the 8-2 Saints in the NFC South.