Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians spoke on the team’s heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked to be on the verge of cementing one of the best comebacks in playoff history. They tied the game up at 27 points apiece against the Los Angeles Rams, but a deep connection from Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp allowed Matt Gay to kick the game-winning, 30-yard field goal. After all of that, the Buccaneers are heading home.
After the game, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians did not mince his words when making his opening statement to the media following the loss.
You can take a listen, courtesy of The Athletic’s Greg Auman.
Bruce Arians speaks following the Buccaneers’s heartbreaking loss to Rams
The Buccaneers looked like they were done once they trailed 27-3. The absence of right tackle Tristan Wirfs was monumental, as Los Angeles’ pass rush had a huge day against the offensive line, as they sacked Brady three times and hit him six. But, the Rams kept the Bucs in the game with their multiple blunders in the second half.
Tampa would cut the deficit to 27-20 after a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to wide receiver Mike Evans with over three minutes remaining. They would get the ball back a few plays later after Rams running back Cam Akers fumbled for the second time of the game. Leonard Fournette then ran in the end zone for the second time of the game to tie things up.
And then, the Rams pulled out the victory at the buzzer to end Tampa Bay’s championship defense aspirations.
Besides the game itself, Arians did confirm that he will be returning to coach the Buccaneers for the 2022 season. Whether Brady will remains to be seen.
The Buccaneers gave it everything they had to essentially come back from the dead to tie things up. But, it was the Rams who pulled out the victory in the end, as they advance to the NFC Championship Game.