Sean McVay calls bizarre timeout, Buccaneers tie the game with Leonard Fournette touchdown

NFC Divisional Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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With the Buccaneers scrambling to the line and facing fourth-and-1 in the final minute, Rams coach Sean McVay made a bizarre decision: He called timeout.

That gave the Buccaneers’ offense time to regroup and get their best play called, and the best play was a handoff to Leonard Fournette, who took the ball and coasted into the end zone for a touchdown.

The score is now 27-27. It was 27-3 in the third quarter.

Whatever happens the rest of the way, this will go down in history as an NFL playoff classic.

28 responses to “Sean McVay calls bizarre timeout, Buccaneers tie the game with Leonard Fournette touchdown

  1. At least neither defense yielded a TD each and every time the opposing offense had the ball…. That would have been truly embarrassing

  2. Might be some of the worst clock management I’ve seen all season. Stafford either struggled getting the plays called in or they are way too slow out of the huddle.

  3. nunya says:
    January 23, 2022 at 6:25 pm
    Bucs defense let them down all day long. AFC is going to win the Super Bowl this year

    What? They forced 2 fumbles and 2 three and outs in the 4th qtr alone. Yea they messed up putting a safety on kupp, that was dumb. However, the comeback isn’t even in the realm of possibility without that 4th qtr play. Up to that point, the Bucs offense was abysmal.

  4. Bucs defense let them down all day long. AFC is going to win the Super Bowl this year

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    What? They forced 2 fumbles and 2 three and outs in the 4th qtr alone. Yea they messed up putting a safety on kupp, that was dumb. However, the comeback isn’t even in the realm of possibility without that 4th qtr play. Up to that point, the Bucs offense was abysmal.

  5. I think he called the timeout to tell the defense to let them score. Allowing them to do so gave them the time they needed to score. Had they stopped him, Brady milks the clock for the last play

  6. That bizarre timeout allowed them to throw the ball 50 yards down the middle of the field when they got the ball back with 40! seconds. I call it a smart timeout.

  7. That timeout wasn’t so bad,as it turned out. It gave the Rams time for one more possession,and it was a killer.

  8. Rams didn’t deserve to win? I know you’re a Bucs fan or Brady fan that’s bitter, but if Akers doesn’t fumble twice it ends 27-3. Would they have deserved it then? Or would you have found another excuse like the refs? Rams win and certainly deserved the win.

  9. Rams could’ve used that time out when they had the ball with 35 seconds left, instead of running around giving all their fans cardiac arrests.

  10. Turns out waiting before posting can be as wise as a bizarre time out.

    Dewey defeated Truman, right?

  11. A classic? Idt so. Too many mistakes. What rams 3 fumbles lost, etc. if I’m Bruce, I go for TWO at the end. He left it up to the Rams to go downfield OR Lose OT coin toss. PLAY TO WIN! thus, they lost.

  12. The Rams aren’t the Cowboys, are they? Tho I never saw the ref touch the ball, for real. I was looking.

  13. Bills v rams would be a good super bowl.. even kc & rams. But if the bills play the rams, I like the Bills.

  14. Was screaming about that TO, because I wasn’t sure if the Bucs even realized they didn’t get the first down. I’ll have to go back and watch, but I could’ve sworn they started moving the yard markers initially.

  15. Rams did NOT deserve to win. Fumble going in for TD, fumble w/ 2 min left, giving up 77 yd td pass, snapping the ball over Stafford’s head? Good lord, why on earth did u DESERVE to win?

  16. 3H3_VIBurgh says:
    January 23, 2022 at 8:40 pm
    Was screaming about that TO, because I wasn’t sure if the Bucs even realized they didn’t get the first down. I’ll have to go back and watch, but I could’ve sworn they started moving the yard markers initially.

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    I was at the game, seated right in the end zone the bucs scored in to tie it. The sticks absolutely were moved and the fans all thought it was 1st down.. Then suddenly it was called 4th down. It would have been wild to see what chaos would have ensued if the bucs had been stopped on 4th down when they thought it was 1st down

  17. If McVay hadnt called timeout, Brady probably would’ve done a sneak or maybe they run for a first. But then they bleed the clock on the way to a TD and it’s anyones game in OT. As we saw later.

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