The year before, of course, was when the Patriots shocked everybody in the Super Bowl, beat the Rams, and John was doing that game with Pat Summerall on Fox,” Michaels said. With a little over a minute left, that was when he suggested the Patriots should take a knee and play for overtime. Instead, Tom hits some passes, [Adam] Vinatieri hits a field goal, and they win.
To be 14-4 with everything that’s gone on is just a credit to the coaching staff but more so to the players and (general manager) Jason Licht and everybody having this roster. In this injury-besieged season, “next man up” evolved from worn mantra to way of life weeks ago. Yet the Bucs have won eight of their last nine, replacing damaged parts with surprisingly effective spares.
The Los Angeles Rams defense was one of three units this season to get at least 50 sacks. This becomes critical in the divisional round of the playoffs when the Rams face off against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first meeting between the Rams and the Bucs, Aaron Donald and company sacked Brady three times and Los Angeles won 34-24.