Tom Brady and the Buccaneers' season came to an end Sunday afternoon with a 30-27 loss to the Rams in the NFC divisional round.
Trailing 27-3 with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter, Tampa Bay rallied to tie the game with 42 seconds to go in the game, but the Rams quickly drove down the field to set up a game-winning field goal as time expired.
Former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi noted how that likely would not have happened with Bill Belichick in charge, and Brady is probably thinking back to his 20 years in New England.
"Every Friday of his career, Brady would go into a meeting and sit on the lower seat of the left side of the room and he would watch Belichick go through the 'gotta have it' players," Lombardi said. "And Belichick would spend time saying, 'when they need to make a play, it's Cooper Kupp. They need a third down, it's Cooper Kupp. Where's the ball goin? It's Cooper Kupp'
"So for Brady to see that Cooper Kupp had 64 yards on the final drive when they gotta have it, he's probably saying to himself, 'This probably wouldn't have been the case in New England.'"
Kupp finished the game with nine receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown.
Afterwards, several Buccaneers players explained how there was a defensive miscommunication on the final drive, which allowed the Rams and Kupp to pick up big gains.