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NFL Week 9 Game Recap: Los Angeles Rams 13, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16

Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play at the line against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that had massive playoff implications for both teams, it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who came on top to beat the Los Angeles Rams 16-13 in Week 9.

Los Angeles had this game all but wrapped up when Tom Brady and the Bucs offense turned the ball over on downs at the Rams' 6-yard line with just under two minutes to play.

However, Sean McVay's offense failed to move the chains on the next drive and punted the ball back the Brady with 44 seconds left on the clock. The Hall of Fame quarterback needed only 35 to march down the field, and he ultimately found Cade Otton for the game-winning score.

Offensive spotlight: Today, Tom Brady became the first QB in NFL history to reach 100,000 passing yards. He also recorded his 55th regular-season game-winning drive, overtaking Peyton Manning for the most by a quarterback since 1960.

Given the desperate state of the Bucs' running game, Brady attempted a colossal 58 passes, completing 36 for 280 yards and the game-winning touchdown. If that initial stat line looks underwhelming at first glance, it's because his receivers dropped a total of seven passes on the night.

The first-ballot Hall of Famer went 5-of-6 for 54 yards (9.0 yards per attempt) on the final drive, which could well turn out to be the most important drive of the Bucs' season.

Defensive spotlight: Rams CB Troy Hill was targeted seven times in coverage tonight, but he gave up just four catches for 13 yards. He didn't give up a single first down and forced two incompletions.

Rookie spotlight: Bucs tight end Cade Otton hauled in five of his six targets for 68 yards, three first downs and one touchdown. Two of his catches went for 15 or more yards, and he forced one missed tackle.

This banged-up receiving corps needs someone to step up, and Otton stepped up perfectly tonight.

Offensive line spotlight: It's probably never fun to face Aaron Donald, but the Bucs line held up well tonight. On first review, they gave up just one sack and seven hurries from a monstrous 60 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Matthew Stafford 10.2 12 / 26 158 6.1 1 0 4 78.7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Tom Brady 15.2 36 / 58 280 4.8 1 0 1 79.7
Rushing
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Cooper Kupp 28.1 3 1 0.3 0 5 0
Matthew Stafford 10.2 2 -1 -0.5 0 0 0
Darrell Henderson Jr. 5.6 12 56 4.7 0 23 0
Malcolm Brown 2.9 2 9 4.5 0 6 0
Cam Akers 0.3 5 3 0.6 0 2 0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Leonard Fournette 11.0 9 19 2.1 0 6 0
Chris Godwin 10.7 1 1 1.0 0 1 0
Rachaad White 6.4 8 27 3.4 0 7 0
Ke'Shawn Vaughn 0.4 2 4 2.0 0 5 0
Receiving
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Cooper Kupp 28.1 8 7 120 15.0 1 69
Darrell Henderson Jr. 5.6 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Allen Robinson II 5.4 5 3 24 4.8 0 15
Malcolm Brown 2.9 1 1 10 10.0 0 10
Brandon Powell 1.4 1 1 4 4.0 0 4
Tyler Higbee 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Brycen Hopkins 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Van Jefferson P 0.0 5 0 0 0.0 0 0
Ben Skowronek 0.0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Cade Otton 17.8 6 5 68 11.3 1 28
Scotty Miller 12.3 8 7 53 6.6 0 14
Leonard Fournette 11.0 7 5 41 5.9 0 15
Chris Godwin 10.7 10 7 36 3.6 0 9
Mike Evans 9.0 11 5 40 3.6 0 13
Rachaad White 6.4 3 3 7 2.3 0 6
Julio Jones 4.8 5 2 28 5.6 0 19
Ko Kieft 1.6 2 1 6 3.0 0 6
Breshad Perriman 1.1 2 1 1 0.5 0 1
Ke'Shawn Vaughn 0.4 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

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