LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp fumble gives Buccaneers new life

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With the LA Rams offense on near autopilot late in the third quarter, the LA Rams were more than happy to move the chains, consume the clock, and keep Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady off the football field. Well, if the Rams could keep the handle on the football, that is.

After the Rams offense took over at the 40-yard line, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford tossed a short completion to wide receiver Cooper Kupp. After advancing the ball to the 43-yard line, Cooper Kupp dropped the football and it was immediately picked by Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and returned to the Rams 30-yard line.

That was all the Buccaneers needed. On a fourth-down and nine yards to go, Brady found the backup receiver, Scotty Miller, for 13 yards for a first down. After a short pass to backup wide receiver Tyler Johnson, Brady found Johnson for another completion to the LA Rams one-yard line. With first down and goal to go from the one-yard line, the Buccaneers ran Leonard Fournette off the right tackle for a touchdown.

The score breathes new life into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ hopes for a win in this one.

Can the Rams hold on?

After the score, the LA Rams went three-and-out, and the Buccaneers offense gets the ball with a first and ten to go at the 30-yard line with nearly the entire fourth quarter remaining.

While the Rams are still ahead by two scores, the momentum in this game has clearly flipped to the Buccaneers. Can the LA Rams defense withstand the sudden miscues by the LA Rams offense?

Not only by Kupp, but a completely bonkers high hike over the head of Matthew Stafford by center Brian Allen that not only gave up the football but gave the Buccaneers the football that started with the LA Rams at the Buccaneers 25-yard line but ultimately the Bucs took over at the Rams 45-yard line.

Way too much drama for a game that the Rams have been in complete control before they started gift-wrapping the football for the Buccaneers. Can the Rams hold on? Don’t count this team out, up by 14 points.

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