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Former Utah Ute Matt Gay sends Rams to NFC championship game with walk-off field goal

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Former Utah kicker Matt Gay hit a 30-yard field goal as time expired to help the Los Angeles Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of several big moments for Utah ties during the NFL divisional playoffs.
Talk about a redemption story. Former Utah Utes kicker Matt Gay hit the 30-yard game-winning field goal as time expired for the Los Angeles Rams as they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27 on Sunday. MATT GAY FOR THE WIN! pic.twitter.com/AQBU54oVhD The win sends the Rams to the NFC championship game next week, where they will host the San Francisco 49ers for the right to advance to the Super Bowl. Gay, playing against a Buccaneers franchise that had let him go after drafting him in 2019, had missed a 47-yard field goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter that would have given Los Angeles a 30-13 lead. Tampa Bay then rallied to tie the game at 27, all by scoring two touchdowns in the final four minutes, including a Leonard Fournette 9-yard run on fourth down with 42 seconds to play. On the ensuing drive, the Rams got into scoring range on a 44-yard pass down the middle from Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp, setting up Gay’s winner. Matt Gay entered the NFL as 2019 5th round draft pick of the Bucs. He lasted just one season, was waived and later signed with the Rams.

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