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“I live for those moments,” Rams “Matthew Stafford on the mythical ending – San Bernardino Sun

TEMPA – On the field, Matthew Stafford is full of emotion. In the interview room, he was as close as any reporter had ever seen.

The game that decided the Rams’ 30-27 win in the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday was the big moment that Stafford came to Los Angeles to experience after 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions.

A few seconds have benefited a career.

“It means a lot. It’s been a lot of hard work, for so many years, in just a short amount of time,” Stafford said. “This year was also a lot of hard work along with some great teammates.

“It’s something I love and really appreciate, being part of this team. How many of us boys are willing to paddle in the right direction, doing everything we can to prepare for those moments.

“I’m making the most of it, loving every minute of it, trying to enjoy every situation we’re in, every opportunity we get. I love going into battle with these boys.”

Winning a match between divisions creates more chances. The Rams will face the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium next Sunday in the NFC championship game. The winner of the match in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi on February 13.

No matter what happens from here, Stafford got his first playoff win of his career in the Rams’ victories over the Arizona Cardinals and Buccaneers.

Few games this season have required his composure and ability to overcome defeat like this one.

This time around, the first leg was not his interception, but the Rams defeating Cam Akers (two), Cooper Kupp and center Brian Allen. They helped the Buccaneers turn a 27-3 deficit in the third inning into a 27-27 draw with 42 seconds to play. That gave Stafford an opportunity to be a hero.

“I like those situations,” Stafford said. “I hate the way we got to it tonight. There are some plays that we all wish we had again. We could have ended that game with me on my knees.

“But figuring out how to win a football game is everything, and we have a bunch of guys in that dressing room who all trust each other.

“My heart was racist. But at the same time it’s just getting out there to perform, have fun and enjoy the moment. ”

Midfielder who has 42 wins to help him make his name in the regular season, the seventh most in NFL history, now has one post-season.

“I though Matthew Stafford has been unbelievable throughout the day,” said Rams coach Sean McVay after the 33-year-old completed 28 of 38 passes during the 366-yard, two-touch high season. ball and no interception. “Just his poise, his commands, his demeanor, his decision-making.”

After a pass to Kupp 44 yards from the Rams with 28 seconds left, McVay told Stafford over the speaker in his helmet to go fast so the Bucs couldn’t defend.

The Rams went without a gathering. The ball was fired at Stafford in the shotgun. He felt the wind whistling over Tampa Bay.

“(I) was able to get it to a good spot,” Stafford said. “Coop caught a lot.”

The 44-yard game took the Rams to the Bucs ’12. When there was no more time to wait, the Rams were forced to stop the clock to get the decisive goal. They ran to the line, and Stafford hit the ball enthusiastically.

“I’m glad they didn’t flag me for a bit of a boost there,” Stafford said. “All the people on the sidelines are like, ‘God, you’re in a dark place.’ Sometimes you just have to go to those places and do a few plays.

“In my mind, I live for those moments. I’ve enjoyed getting on my knees (to end the game) with three points, but it’s a lot more fun when you have to do a play like that to win the game and just steal someone’s soul. ”

Matt Gay’s 30-yard goal was his second in two seasons against the Bucs, after he had a 40-yard player 2-1/2 to play to beat them 27- 24 in the 2020 season.

Gay started as the Bucs’ fifth-round draft pick in 2019, only to be cut by the team in 2020, leading to him signing for the season with the Rams.

“Pretty cool,” McVay said of Gay, who was named at the Pro Bowl for the first time this season. “The last two times he’s been back here, he’s both hit the winner of the game.”

Gay kicked three goals on Sunday, but missed a 47-yard attempt.

McVay said: “I am very happy for him that he has a chance to come back after an occasional miss.

NUMERALS

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady went 10 for 22 out of 112 yards, without touch and one intercept in the first half, and 20 for 32, 217, one touchdown and no interception in the second half.

The Rams’ ground play struggled for the second week in a row, averaging 2.4 meters against the Bucs, just as in the playoff win over the Cardinals. Cam Akers started for the first time after coming back from injury, and ran 24 times in 48 yards while fumbling twice. Sony Michel only managed to hit four yards once.

When the Rams again lacked both starting safety, Nick Scott and Terrell Burgess started. Scott had an interception and broke two of his teammates’ high passes. Eric Weddle played his second game since retiring and made four tackles.

ONLY LOCAL?

The Rams will limit ticket sales to LA-area residents for their NFC championship game against the 49ers at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, San Jose Mercury News reported. / The newspaper cites an announcement on Ticketmaster, the official NFL ticket store, as saying, “Public sale of the game at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA will be restricted to residents of the Greater Bay Area. Los Angeles. The outstanding balance will be based on the credit card billing address at the time of payment. The move, unusual but not a first for NFL teams, comes after the red 49ers performed well in the SoFi stands as the Niners beat the Rams in the regular season finale of the season. teams.

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