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Rapid Reaction: Bucs 55, Rams 40

The Bucs win a shootout on the road in Los Angeles, beating the Rams 55-40.

View photos of Tampa Bay's Week 4 matchup against Los Angeles.

The Rams won the toss to start the game and elected to defer, giving the Bucs the first possession of the game for the fourth straight contest. The first play of the game for the Buccaneers was a 17-yard strike to wide receiver Chris Godwin. The Bucs then moved down the field with ease and 4:07 later, running back Peyton Barber took the hand off and took the ball three yards into the end zone. Tampa Bay scored on the opening drive for the second straight week, jumping out to an early 7-0 lead after the good point after by kicker Matt Gay with 10:53 left in the first quarter.

The Rams would consequently come up empty on their next drive behind some pressure from the Bucs' defensive front. A holding penalty backed Los Angeles up to first-down-and-20, which the Rams were able to cut in half, before a tackle for loss by Kevin Minter dropped running back Todd Gurley for a two-yard loss. More pressure on Goff on third down, and a hand up at the line by safety Jordan Whitehead coming in on a blitz, would force an incompletion and then force the Rams to punt.

Tampa Bay started inside their own 10 after a good punt by LA. The Bucs got past midfield before two consecutive sacks of Winston would back them up into fourth-down and 19 and they were forced to punt.

The Rams got into Buccaneer territory but would be stopped thanks to a collective defensive effort. Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett got a hit on Goff's hand to send the ball haywire. where it was then picked off by safety Jordan Whitehead for his first career interception. A personal foul penalty committed by wide receiver Robert Woods was tacked on and the Bucs started their bonus drive exactly at midfield.

The Bucs capitalized in a big way as Winston found wide receiver Chris Godwin in the back corner of the end zone on third-down from the two-yard line. Tampa Bay went up 14-0 with less than 10 minutes to go in the half.

Los Angeles got the ball back only to surrender it immediately when inside linebacker Lavonte David picked off Goff for the Bucs' second interception of the game. A play later and it was Winston to Godwin again, mere seconds after Godwin had scored his first touchdown, to put the Bucs up 21-0 with 8:28 left in the second quarter.

The Rams moved down the field quickly on their next drive and got inside the red zone with the help of a pass interference call on Tampa Bay. From 13 yards out, Gurley took the hand off from Goff and fought his way through to the end zone, cutting the Bucs' lead to 21-7 with 5:34 to go before halftime.

The Bucs stalled on their next drive after a penalty negated a big run by Ronald Jones down the field. They wouldn't recover and gave the ball back with over four minutes to play in the half.

Tampa Bay got called on an interference penalty on the ensuing return that put the Rams at the 50-yard-line. A roughing the passer call then got the Rams at the five-yard-line and the Rams would capitalize, as tight end Gerald Everett caught a strike from Goff to make it a one-score game.

The Bucs would answer this time, driving the ball down the field largely on the back (or rather, hands) of Chris Godwin. Consecutive third-down completions would keep Tampa Bay moving until the drive culminated in a burst through the middle by running back Ronald Jones on the handoff from Winston. The Coliseum is one place the former USC Trojan is used to scoring in and the touchdown put the Bucs back up two scores, 28-14 with 47 seconds left before halftime.

Los Angeles, armed with two timeouts, moved down the field and set themselves up for a 58-yard field goal attempt that was good from Greg Zierlein. The score going into halftime was 28-17 with the Bucs holding the lead.

The Rams got the ball to start the second half and the Bucs were able to hold them to just a field goal, or so they thought. Tampa Bay was called for a roughing the snapper penalty that instead gave Los Angeles a fresh set of downs at the Bucs' 28-yard line. However, the defense held again behind a 10-yard sack by Will Gholston and the Rams settled for a field goal, after all, making the score 28-20 with 9:03 in the third quarter.

The Bucs got hit with penalties that would stall their next drive at the Los Angeles 40-yard line. Tampa Bay brought out Gay to attempted a 58-yard field goal as a result and Gay nailed it, putting the Bucs up 31-20 with 4:38 left to go in the third quarter.

The Rams stalled out and ended up taking a chance and going for it on fourth-down-and-two on their next possession. The pass from Goff was deflected and outside linebacker Shaq Barrett snatched it out of the air for the interception.

The Bucs capitalized yet again, getting into the end zone on a 13-yard score by tight end Cameron Brate for his first touchdown of the season. The Bucs extended their lead to 38-20 at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Rams got helped by another roughing the passer penalty called on the Bucs to keep moving downfield. Los Angeles got into the end zone on a Gurley run from five-yard line and the Rams cut the lead to 38-27 with 12:31 remaining in the game.

The next possession ended in flashy fashion, being in LA and all. Winston opened up and tossed a dime downfield where Evans was left in single coverage. Evans made the 67-yard catch with no one in front of him, even doing a little dance along the goal line before getting in and putting the Bucs up 45-27 in the fourth quarter.

The Rams went down the field and ended up getting in the end zone on a throw to wide receiver Cooper Kupp for a 29-yard touchdown. It cut the Tampa Bay lead to 45-34 with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay went to the ground on their next drive to run out some clock. A few clutch catches by Evans and Godwin would also keep the chains moving. Ronald Jones had a nice scamper to get the Bucs inside the red zone and the Bucs had first and goal from the 10. They wouldn't be able to punch it in and instead, Gay hit a 21-yard field goal to put the Bucs up 48-40 with 2:35 left to play.

The Rams were moving down the field and threatening before Shaq Barrett came in on the strip sack to knock the ball out of Goff's hands. It was then picked up by former Ram, Ndamukong Suh, who ran it all the way back for the touchdown. The point after ended up being good after a re-kick following a penalty to put the Bucs up 55-40 with 1:17 left to go in the game.

That's where the score would stay as the Bucs stole a shootout on the road, winning the game 55-40.

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