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Brady throws last-minute TD pass, Bucs beat Rams 16-13

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady stepped to the podium and reiterated how good it felt to stop his longest losing streak in 20 years.

“That was awesome,” the seven-time Super Bowl champion exclaimed Sunday. “That was (expletive) awesome!”

Brady tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie Cade Otton with 9 seconds remaining, giving the Bucs a sloppy but confidence-boosting 16-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in a matchup of the past two NFL champions.

Brady took over with 44 seconds left and went 5 of 6 for 60 yards on the game-winning drive, the record 55th of his career. The 45-year-old avoided his first four-game losing streak since 2002 and beat the Rams for the first time in four tries since joining the Bucs (4-5) two seasons ago.

“We needed it and we got it. We fought until the end,” Brady said. “The defense played great. We made some plays offensively. … Hopefully this gives us some confidence and we can win again next week and get to 5-5, which would be good for us at the bye week.”