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The Rams will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in a battle to advance to the NFC championship game.

After the Bengals and 49ers, both underdogs, bested their opponents in their divisional round games on Saturday, the Rams will attempt to continue the trend vs. the Buccaneers.

Los Angeles earned a 34-24 victory during the team's last meeting with Tampa Bay, which came in Week 3. The Buccaneers haven't recorded a win against the Rams since 2019, a year before Tom Brady became the franchise quarterback.

Coming off a 34-11 win against the Cardinals on wild-card weekend, the Rams will be challenged to earn a win on the road. Quarterback Matt Stafford completed 13 of 17 passes for 202 yards with two touchdowns. He also rushed on six attempts for 22 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. also had one of his best games of the year since joining the Rams. He recorded four catches for 54 yards with a touchdown and he completed a deep 40-yard pass. Beckham, who cashed in a big bonus in the win, was also rewarded with a random drug test for his efforts.

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Stafford will likely need to rely on Beckham, Cooper Kupp and the rest of Rams' wide receiving corps Sunday after Tampa Bay's defense allowed just 95 total rushing yards against the Eagles last week.

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Brady helped the Buccaneers earn a 34-15 win against the Eagles in the wild-card game and completed 29 of 27 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns. Running backs Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Giovanni Bernard also scored two rushing touchdowns against Philadelphia. The Bucs held the Eagles to only 122 total passing yards and 61 total rushing yards last week, and Brady will be challenged to give the Buccaneers offensive momentum. However, All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs and Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen both suffered ankle injuries in the winning effort and were limited in practice this week. Wirfs is a late scratch, officially ruled OUT Sunday. Jensen will play, but won't be 100%.

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The latest development upfront will certainly affect the Bucs' gameplan, leaves Tom Brady vulnerable and will limit their ability to move the football.

The Buccaneers are favorites at home by three points, according to FanDuel. Kickoff is expected for 3:05 p.m. ET.

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Rams vs. Buccaneers score

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Rams 10 10 7 3 30
Buccaneers 3 0 10 14 27

Rams vs. Buccaneers live score, updates, highlights from NFL playoffs

All times Eastern.

Final: Rams 30, Buccaneers 27

6:24 p.m.: FIELD GOAL RAMS. Gay makes a 30-yard field goal attempt to seal the victory for the Rams.

6:21 p.m.: Stafford connects with Kupp on a pass for 44 yards and positions the Rams inside of the Buccaneers' 12.

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6:18 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BUCCANEERS. Fournette rushes into the end zone for 9 yards to tie it up in Tampa Bay. Buccaneers tie it up 27-27 with 42 seconds remaining in the game.

6:14 p.m.: Brady completes a pass to and the play was initially ruled as short of the first down. After further review,

6:08 p.m.: FUMBLE RAMS. Akers rushes for 4 yards and Suh knocks the ball loose. David recovers for the Buccaneers at the Rams' 30.

6:05 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BUCCANEERS. Brady fires a deep pass to Evans for 55 yards and gets into the end zone. Buccaneers cut the deficit to 27-20 with 3:20 remaining.

6:03 p.m.: Brady connects with Miller on a deep pass for 19 yards and gives the Buccaneers a first down at the 42.

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6:01 p.m.: Stafford throws an incomplete pass on third down and the Rams are forced to punt. Bernard returns for 2 yards and positions the Buccaneers at their own 23.

5:58 p.m.: Brady throws an incomplete pass on fourth down and turns the ball over to the Rams at their own 31 with 4:26 remaining.

5:54 p.m.: Brady fires an incomplete pass to Evans, but a defensive pass interference penalty gives the Buccaneers a first down at the Los Angeles 32.

5:51 p.m.: Gay misses a 47-yard field goal attempt that keeps the Rams two scores ahead of the Buccaneers with 6:36 remaining.

5:48 p.m.: Stafford connects on a short pass to Jefferson, who gains 18 yards and moves the chains to the Tampa Bay 31.

5:45 p.m.: Jefferson rushes for 15 yards and gets a first down as he goes out of bounds at the Los Angeles 40.

5:41 p.m.: Brady is sacked for a loss of 9 yards on third down, then throws an incomplete pass on fourth down that turns the ball over to the Rams at their own 22.

5:37 p.m.: FUMBLE RAMS. Stafford misses the snap and the ball bounces back for Pierre-Paul to jump on it and give the Buccaneers possession. Tampa Bay will take over at the Los Angeles 45.

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5:35 p.m.: FUMBLE BUCCANEERS. Brady is sacked for a loss of 7 yards and Miller strips the ball loose, then recovers for the Rams at their own 25.

5:30 p.m.: Stafford throws an incomplete pass in the third quarter and forces the Rams to punt. Darden returns for 5 yards and positions the Buccaneers at their own 30.

End of third quarter: Rams 27, Buccaneers 13

5:23 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BUCCANEERS. Fournette rushes into the end zone for the Buccaneers' first score. Tampa Bay cuts the deficit to 27-13 with 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

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5:20 p.m.: Brady completes a pass to Miller for 16 yards on fourth down and moves the chains to the 13.

5:18 p.m.: FUMBLE RAMS. Kupp catches a pass from Stafford for 3 yards and Dean knocks the ball loose. Murphy-Bunting recovers for 10 yards and gives the Buccaneers possession at the Rams' 30.

5:14 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BUCCANEERS. Succop makes a 31-yard attempt after Brady throws an incomplete pass intended for Gronkowski. Rams lead 27-6 with 3:02 remaining in the third quarter.

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5:08 p.m.: Brady connects with Gronkowski on a deep pass for 42 yards and gets a first down at the Rams' 23.

5:02 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAMS. Stafford rushes up the middle and into the end zone for 1 yard. Rams lead 27-3 with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter.

5:00 p.m.: Beckham catches another pass from Stafford for 10 yards and gets a first down at the 3.

4:59 p.m.: Stafford completes a pass to Blanton for 11 yards and gives the Rams a first down at the 17.

4:57 p.m.: Johnson drops a pass from Brady on third down and the Buccaneers are forced to punt. Powell returns for 33 yards and gives the Rams a first down at Tampa Bay 28.

4:52 p.m.: Stafford throws an incomplete pass intended for Kupp and the Rams will punt. Hekker punts for 46 yards and positions the Buccaneers at their own 5.

4:48 p.m.: Stafford connects with Beckham for 17 yards and gets a first down at the Rams' 44.

Halftime: Rams 20, Buccaneers 3

4:28 p.m.: FUMBLE RAMS. Akers rushes for 5 yards to the Tampa Bay 1 and the ball comes loose. The official initially called him down by contact, but after further review the play was ruled as a fumble and Winfield recovers for the Buccaneers at their own 1.

4:24 p.m.: Stafford connects with Jefferson for 11 yards and gets a fresh set of downs at the 6.

4:22 p.m.: INTERCEPTION RAMS. Scott picks off a deep pass from Brady and allows the Rams to take over at the Tampa Bay 31.

4:20 p.m.: Donald sacks Brady for a loss of 7 yards and pushes the Buccaneers back to their own 8 ahead of the two-minute warning.

4:18 p.m.: FIELD GOAL RAMS. Gay kicks a 40-yard attempt that keeps the Rams in the lead. Los Angeles leads 20-3 with 2:19 remaining in the half.

4:16 p.m.: Kupp catches a pass from Stafford and is pushed out of bounds at the 21 for 11 yards.

4:13 p.m.: Stafford connects on a pass to Beckham for 7 yards and gets a first down at the Tampa Bay 28.

4:09 p.m.: Stafford connects with Akers, who picks up 5 yards and moves the chains to midfield.

4:05 p.m.: Succop misses a 48-yard field goal attempt that leaves the Buccaneers with three points. Rams will take over at their own 38.

4:03 p.m.: Fournette catches a pass from Brady, then breaks free for 20 yards to give the Buccaneers a fresh set of downs at the Rams' 31.

4:01 p.m.: Brady connects with Evans for another 7 yards, but gets an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that pushes the Buccaneers to the 49.

4:00 p.m.: Brady connects with Evans on a short pass, then he breaks free for 21 yards and gives the Buccaneers a first down at the 43.

3:58 p.m.: Evans catches a pass from Brady for 9 yards and gets a first down at the 32.

3:54 p.m.: Stafford throws an incomplete pass and the Rams will punt for the first time in the game. Buccaneers will start their drive at their own 20.

3:49 p.m.: Brady throws another incomplete pass on third down and the Buccaneers will execute their third punt. Powell returns for 21 yards and positions the Rams at the 49.

3:45 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAMS. Stafford connects with Kupp on a pass for 70 yards and he rushes into the end zone for the score. There was also an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Tampa Bay on the play. Rams lead 17-3 with 14:17 remaining in the half.

3:43 p.m.: Vea sacks Stafford for a loss of 10 yards and pushes the Rams back to their own 30.

End of first quarter: Rams 10, Buccaneers 3

3:38 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BUCCANEERS. Succop makes a 45-yard attempt to put the Buccaneers on the board after Brady throws another incomplete pass on third down. Rams lead 10-3 with 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

3:36 p.m.: Gronkowski catches a pass from Brady, then picks up 29 yards to position the Buccaneers at the Los Angeles 33.

3:34 p.m.: Brady connects on a short pass with Fournette, who rushes for 13 yards and a first down at their own 38.

3:31 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAMS. Stafford connects with Blanton for 7 yards and keeps the Rams ahead. Los Angeles leads 10-0 with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter.

3:29 p.m: Akers sneaks past defenders and rushes for 9 yards, then Stafford rushes up the middle for 2 yards and gets a first down at the 7.

3:26 p.m.: Stafford attempts a pass to Jefferson, and a pass interference call against Tampa Bay gives the Rams a first down at the Buccaneers' 46.

3:21 p.m.: Brady throws another incomplete pass on third down and the Buccaneers will punt again. Powell returns for 6 yards to position the Rams at their own 29.

3:16 p.m.: FIELD GOAL RAMS. After Stafford throws an incomplete pass out of bounds on third down, Gay kicks a 26-yard field goal that puts the Rams in the lead. Los Angeles leads 3-0 with 8:04 remaining in the first quarter.

3:14 p.m.: Stafford fires a deep pass to Higbee for 29 yards and positions the Rams at the 9.

3:12 p.m.: Beckham Jr. catches a pass from Stafford and rushes for 20 yards and a first down at the 38.

3:10 p.m.: Stafford completes a pass to Kupp for 17 yards and gives the Rams a first down at the Tampa Bay 48.

3:06 p.m.: Brady throws an incomplete pass intended for Gronkowski and the Buccaneers are forced to punt. Rams will start their first possession at their own 25.

3:03 p.m.: Fournette for 11 yards on the first play of the game, then picks up another 10 yards for a first down at the Tampa Bay 41.

3:00 p.m.: Rams win the coin toss and defer to the second half. Buccaneers will start with possession.

Rams vs. Buccaneers start time

  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 23
  • Time: 3:05 p.m. ET, 12:05 p.m. PT

Sunday’s game between the Rams and Buccaneers will kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. It is projected to be 64 degrees Fahrenheit in the afternoon with wind gusts of 21 miles per hour.

This will be the third of four games in the NFL divisional round.

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What channel is Rams vs. Buccaneers on today?

  • TV channel (national): NBC
  • TV channel (Los Angeles): KNBC
  • TV channel (Tampa Bay): WFLA-TV
  • Live stream: NBCSports.com, fuboTV | DAZN (Canada)

The Rams vs. Buccaneers game will be televised nationally on NBC. Play-by-play host Al Michaels will be on the call with analyst Cris Collinsworth.

You can stream the game live on NBCSports.com or fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

In Canada, viewers can watch Rams vs. Buccaneers with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.

NFL playoff schedule 2022

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 15

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Bengals 26, Raiders 19 4:35 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV
Bills 47, Patriots 17 8:15 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 16

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Buccaneers 31, Eagles 15 1:05 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
49ers 23, Cowboys 17 4:40 p.m. ET CBS, Nickelodeon Paramount+, Amazon Prime, fuboTV
Chiefs 42, Steelers 21 8:15 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV

Monday, Jan. 17

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Rams 34, Cardinals 11 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN ESPN App, fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 22

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Bengals 19, Titans 16 4:35 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV
49ers 13, Packers 10 8:15 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 23

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Rams vs. Buccaneers 3:05 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV
Bills vs. Chiefs 6:40 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 30

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC championship game 3:05 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV
NFC championship game 6:40 p.m. ET Fox Fox Sports app, fuboTV

Super Bowl 56

Sunday, Feb. 13

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Super Bowl 56 6:30 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports app, fuboTV

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