Los Angeles Rams nearly blew up their 27-3 lead to reigning Super Bowl Champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Rams had four fumbles which allows Tom Brady and the Bucs to wipe out the Rams’ tremendous lead.
In the end, the Bucs blitzed Matthew Stafford with 28 seconds left which turned out to be the reason why the Bucs lost. The QB found Cooper Kupp deep for a 44-yard gain to set up a Matt Gay field goal to push the Rams to a 30-27 victory.
Sean McVay has tremendous faith in Cam Akers despite his blunder
Two for four fumbles of the Rams came from running back Cam Akers. Akers fumbled with 19 seconds remaining in the first half, with L.A. leading 20-3. His second fumble came in the fourth quarter after Brady’s 55-yard bomb to Mike Evans which made it a one-score game. Rams just needed a couple of first downs to seal a win. But on the second snap of the ensuing drive, Akers was stripped, giving the Bucs their opening to score the game-tying TD.
Despite the fumbles, coach Sean McVay said after the win that he’s still confident in Akers moving forward. “[I] still have tremendous faith and confidence in Cam Akers, he’s going to be a great player — there will be a couple plays that he wants back, then we had a little miscommunication on the one snap after we end up getting the turnover in their territory,” McVay said via Around the NFL. “Those are things that [we] can’t have, but we were able to overcome it, and I’m excited for those guys.”
“He’ll learn and he’ll respond the right way”: Sean McVay on Cam Akers moving forward
Cam Akers took 24 of the Rams’ 26 handoffs on Sunday. Akers averaged just 2.0 yards per carry, netting 48 yards. Still, McVay continually called the runs with Akers which nearly cost the Rams the game. Luckily for Akers, the Rams had one chance to win the game and Matthew Stafford delivered.
“Yeah I think it’s really the confidence in Cam but we do have confidence in Sony, it was tough to really be able to get anything in the run game going, they did a nice job,” the Rams coach said. “[We] always talk about that, to be able to have that great ball security, especially when you’re in those four-minute situations where you’re really just trying to run the clock out.
Still, we needed to compete and wanted to be able to do that, he was making a tough run, as he was pulling through it, it got a little away from him, and this defense does an outstanding job attacking at the football — great learning [opportunity]. I know he’ll learn and he’ll respond the right way from it.”
The Rams will now face San Fransico 49ers at the SoFi Stadium on Sunday night in the NFC Championship game to decide which one of them goes to the Super Bowl.