Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by quarterback Tom Brady, made one of the biggest postseason comebacks in NFL but fell short in the end to see the Los Angeles Rams win 30-27 in Sunday’s playoffs game. 

Brady and co were down 24-3 at half-time. The Rams, in the first 30 minutes, had not only dominated the game in all departments but also left the opponent quarterback with a bleeding lip. 

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However, coming into the second half of the game with the odds stacked against him, Brady led the Bucs from 24-3 to 20-27 with a few seconds left. 

However, the bottom line is: the great Tom Brady is out of the Superbowl race and will now contemplate his future in the league. 

Stafford led the Rams downfield after the ensuing kickoff, using completions of 20 and 44 yards to league receiving leader Cooper Kupp to set up Gay’s winning field goal.

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Stafford, who had never won a postseason game before beating Arizona in the previous week’s wild-card round, completed 28 of 38 passes without an interception. The 13-year veteran also scored on a 1-yard run as the Rams (14-5) advanced to next Sunday’s NFC championship game at home against the San Francisco 49ers.

Brady completed 30 of 54 passes for 329 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble.

The Bucs (14-5), who lost to the Rams for the third time in two seasons, were trying to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the Brady-led New England Patriots during the 2004 season.

With inputs from the Associated Press