Rams Win over Buccaneers Comes Down to a Field Goal
Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay said it was "kind of crazy" to return to Tampa Bay to face his former team on Monday Night Football. Gay kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:36 remaining in the game to put the Rams ahead 27-24, and Rams safety Jordan Fuller intercepted quarterback Tom Brady with 1:57 remaining to secure the win and improve to 7-3.
"You can't write it," Gay said. "It's one of those stories that you're sitting on the practice squad, and then the first game you're activated, you're going back to the place you were last year and the place you felt like you should have been and play on prime time on Monday Night Football. There was a lot of emotion for me coming back in."
The Buccaneers selected Gay with a fifth-round pick in 2019 but waived him before this season. The Rams signed Gay last Monday from the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad. He arrived in L.A. later that day and entered COVID-19 protocol before he was able to join the team on the practice field Saturday, two days before facing the Bucs.
Gay converted two of three field-goal attempts Monday. He made a 38-yard kick in the first quarter to give the Rams a 17-14 lead, then missed a 44-yard attempt with the game tied at 17 in the third quarter before he converted a 40-yard kick that put the Rams up for good.