44-year-old Tom Brady will not be winning an eighth Super Bowl title after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers side came up short against the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL Playoff game, with the match ending 30-27 in favour of the Rams.
The experienced quarterback had led the Buccaneers to victory in 2021 to claim a seventh Super Bowl title, and was named the Finals MVP on the occasion. This time, however, the Rams did just enough to prevent Tom Brady from picking up another title.
The match started with the Rams establishing an early dominance from the first quarter as they pushed the Buccaneers back from the off and ended the first quarter in the lead with 10-3 the scoreline.
The second quarter was pretty much the same as the Rams claimed a 10-0 win once more, leaving them 20-3 up with half of the match played. Tom Brady suffered a nasty gash to his lip in the second quarter with the scores at 17-3, but was able to continue playing.
At the start of the third quarter, the Rams managed to score seven more points to go 27-3 up before the Buccaneers, led by Tom Brady, got a hold of the situation and pulled back 10 points to go in for the third quarter trailing by 14 points with the score at 27-13.
The fourth quarter saw Tom Brady and the Buccaneers complete a sensational fightback as they were able to level matters to 27-27 with little of the match left to play. The game was decided in the final 42 seconds as Matt Gay scored the decisive 30-yard field goal in the final seconds.
Influential quarterback Matthew Stafford connected a 44-yard pass with Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp to put the Rams in position to claim the win and Gay took it to send them to the NFC Championship game.
Tom Brady finished the game with a touchdown and an interception. He also completed 30 of 54 passes for 329 yards. His opposite quarterback Stafford completed 28 of 38 passes for 366 yards and managed two touchdowns in the game.
The Rams will host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game after the 49ers also qualified for the championship match.