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Mike Evans' injury costs Buccaneers chance to beat Rams

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the St. Louis Rams, 19-17, but had a chance to kick a game-winning field goal in the closing seconds.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the St. Louis Rams 19-17 after they missed a chance to kick a game-winning field goal in the closing seconds.

On second down from the Tampa Bay 39, quarterback Josh McCown threw a 29-yard pass to receiver Mike Evans, who got injured on the play. Evans attempted to get up, but fell back to the ground in pain with about 10 seconds remaining. Because the Buccaneers did not have any timeouts remaining, the 10-second runoff was rule was invoked, ending the game.

The runoff rule reads as follows: "A team cannot buy an excess time out for a penalty. However, a fourth time out is allowed without penalty for an injured player, who must be removed immediately. ... Additionally, if the clock was running and the score is tied or the team in possession is losing, the ball cannot be put in play for at least 10 seconds on the fourth or more time out. The half or game can end while those 10 seconds are run off on the clock."

Media reaction to the final play was overwhelmingly negative:

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Tampa Bay kicker Patrick Murray was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts in the game. At the start of the fourth quarter, Murray's 24-yard attempt was blocked. On the Buccaneers' next offensive series, Murray made a 36-yard field goal.

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