Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford admitted he would have preffered to have finished the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on a more calm way but added it was way more fun with the way it actually finished. The Buccaneers recovered from a 27-3 deficit as the game was tied at 27-27 with less than a minute to go.
Stafford then hit wide receiver Cooper Kupp for gains of 20 and 44 yards to set up a 30-yard field goal. Rams kicker Matt Gay hit a game-winner as the time expired and the Rams progressed into the NFC Championship Game. "In my mind, I live for those kind of moments," said Stafford, per ESPN.
"I would have loved to have been taking a knee up three scores, but it's a whole lot more fun when you've got to make a play like that to win the game and just steal somebody's soul. That's what it feels like sometimes where they're sitting there going, 'Man, we just had this great comeback.'
And you get to reach in there and take it from them. "That's a whole lot of fun."
Stafford's Rams avoided a disaster
"That's why you play four quarters and try to finish that game out," Rams coach Sean McVay said.
"That was something else. That was something else." Rams linebacker Von Miller needed time to process everything after a crazy finsh to the game. "I'm still trying to process everything," Miller said.
"Man, that was a crazy game. I knew it was going to come down to the end. All the times that I've played Tom Brady, it always comes down to the end, so I knew no lead that we had was safe." Kupp made a clutch play on the final drive but wasn't happy with how the offense played in the second half.
"As an offense, we first and foremost did a terrible job of executing for this team in the second half," Kupp said. "We can't do the things that we did. Put our defense, our team in a really bad spot."