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Buccaneers vs. Rams score: Live updates, highlights, NFL scores for divisional playoff games

Things got underway at Raymond James Stadium and didn’t initially go as planned for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their NFL divisional round matchup with the Los Angeles Rams. In the absence of starting tackle Tristan Wirfs, head coach Sean McVay deployed perennial All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald to the edge to take advantage of that matchup, and it left Tom Brady unsettled for the entirety of the first quarter — while Matthew Stafford and Co. instead found an early groove to take a 10-point lead on the road.

The tide could’ve turned quickly if the Buccaneers’ defense was able to reel in a potential red-zone interception by Stafford, but failed to do so and it led to the first points of the game by way of a 26-yard field goal from Matt Gay, and eventually the Rams landing two haymakers thereafter. The Bucs were able to squeeze in a field goal after a 7-yard touchdown catch by tight end Kendall Blanton — fueled largely by a taunting penalty against Ndamukong Suh — but that was made inconsequential when Tampa Bay’s defense decided to leave Cooper Kupp wide open.

One catch later, the league’s leading receiver landed a 70-yard haymaker directly on the jaw of the Buccaneers, his touchdown making it a 14-point lead for the Rams early in the second quarter. Things didn’t get any easier for Tampa Bay from there, when a promising drive was stalled by a taunting penalty against Brady, who was seen eviscerating lead official Shawn Hochuli after a hit from Von Miller that left his lip bloody, before kicker Ryan Succop pushed a 48-yard attempt wide right.

A field goal by the Rams answered that mistake and Brady’s reply to that was an interception with under two minutes to Nick Scott, fueling the Buccaneers’ tailspin that much more so going into halftime, but a forced fumble and recovery by Antoine Winfield Jr. to prevent a potential kill shot from the Rams keeps the Bucs alive with only two quarters left to stave off the upset.

Entering the afternoon as slight favorites at home, the Buccaneers are on the ropes, but never count Brady out of any game until the clock hits all zeroes; and especially with his road to the Super Bowl on the line. The Rams could not care less about any of that, however, and they’re looking to grab the GOAT by the horns and toss him into an early offseason.

Tune into the live blog below to keep up with all of the action!

How to watch

Date: Sunday, Jan. 23 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
TV: NBC, Peacock | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Bucs -2.5, O/U 48

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