Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians threw his defense under the bus following a last-second loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford found a wide-open Cooper Koop late in the game, which set an easy field goal for kicker Matt Gay.
Gay made a game-winning field goal as the Rams beat the Buccaneers 30-27 to progress into the NFC Championship Game. “Some guys didn’t blitz,” Arians said. “I don’t know if we didn’t get the call, but it was an all-out blitz and we should have gotten a ton of pressure”.
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After the game, 44-year-old Brady was asked about his future. "Truthfully guys, I'm thinking about this game," said Brady. "I'm not thinking about anything past five minutes from now.
"I haven't put a lot of thought into it, so you know, we will just take it day by day and kind of see where we are at," said Brady. "I was thinking about winning. That's kind of my mentality -- always to go out there and try to win.
Give my teammates the best chance to win." Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion, admitted it always sucks to lose in the playoffs. "It's the reality of football," said Brady, who lost in the divisional round for just the fourth time in his career.
"Every team is really qualified when you get to the final eight, then the final four, then the final two and it doesn't feel good to lose any one of those games, and I have lost each of those stages. So at the end, there is only one team that is going to be happy.
It feels good to move on when you move on, and obviously when you don't, whether it was last week or this week or next week, the week after, two weeks after that -- if you are a loser in that game, it all sucks to lose in the end."
The Buccaneers are hoping Brady returns to his third season with the team. "I know Tom's a competitor. He always say he's got something to prove, but what more can he do?" inside linebacker Lavonte David said.
"He's the GOAT. He's done everything he can. If he comes back, obviously we'll welcome him with open arms. But we'll have to let him decide that for himself."