The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all-in this season on trying to be the first NFL team ever to play a Super Bowl on its home field.

They signed Tom Brady when the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback decided to leave the New England Patriots in free agency in March. They reunited Brady with Rob Gronkowski, luring the tight end out of retirement. They took Brady’s suggestion, after initially resisting, and signed wide receiver Antonio Brown as his eight-game suspension by the NFL ended.

And it’s not like it all has totally backfired. The Bucs indeed are an NFC playoff contender, but they don’t appear, at the moment, to be a Super Bowl-worthy team. That was reinforced when Brady could summon no late-game magic Monday night in Tampa, throwing an interception in the final two minutes that sealed a 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

“Still trying to figure that out,” Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians said of his team’s inconsistencies. “I mean, at times we look really, really good. And then there are times when we obviously don’t. I felt very, very comfortable in the two-minute drive until that throw. But we made some plays. Obviously we didn’t make enough in this ballgame -- offense, defense or special teams -- to win.”

Matt Gay’s 40-yard field goal with 2:36 remaining proved to be the game-winner for the Rams. Brady threw his second interception of the night, both to Rams safety Jordan Fuller, with 1:49 left on a pass directed at tight end Cameron Brate. The Rams ran out the clock, with the final seconds expiring as they punted.

“It was just a bad read,” Brady said in a postgame video news conference. “Cam was running up the seam. And at the last second, I saw the safety coming over and just popped it over Cam’s head. So just a bad read, bad throw, decision, everything. It can’t happen.”

It’s not what anyone expects of Brady -- particularly Brady himself -- in crunch time.

“I think that’s a good word: disappointed,” he said. “And I have to do a better job, absolutely.”

The Buccaneers lost for the second time in three games and dropped to 7-4. They’re a game and a half behind the first-place New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. Things only get tougher for the Bucs as they host the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

“Nothing’s been great to this point,” Brady said. “We’ve had some good wins, had some tough losses. Everything’s about one week here in the NFL. We’re going to have to go play really well against a great football team next week.”

Arians was asked about the Buccaneers’ margin for error moving forward and said: “Very slim. Very slim. This was a big one. And the next one’s even bigger. So I think each and every one is going to be huge the whole rest of the way.”

Quarterback Jared Goff threw two interceptions but had three touchdown passes in an uneven performance for the Rams. He completed 39 of 51 passes for 376 yards. Goff threw touchdown passes to wide receivers Robert Woods and Van Jefferson and running back Cam Akers. Jefferson and Akers scored their first NFL touchdowns.

Woods had 12 catches for 130 yards, and fellow wideout Cooper Kupp had 11 catches for 145 yards. That led Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams to write on Twitter: “Cooper Kupp is the most underrated receiver in the league.”

All of it was enough for the Rams to improve to 7-3. They’re ahead of the Seattle Seahawks atop the NFC West by virtue of their tie-breaker advantage after beating the Seahawks.

The Rams also improved to 32-0 under Coach Sean McVay when they lead at halftime. Their 17-14 halftime advantage in this game came because they were able to rush to the line of scrimmage and spike the ball to stop the clock with one second remaining in the half, allowing Gay to connect on a 38-yard field goal as time expired.

It was a night filled with odd plays. There was a fumble that wasn’t by Brady. McVay had a failed instant replay challenge attempting to get an incomplete pass by Brady turned into a fumble recovered by the Rams. Brady had the football knocked from his hand while being hit in the pocket, just as his arm was beginning to move forward. The officials’ on-field call of an incomplete pass was allowed to stand.

There also was a play on which Brady tried to throw two forward passes, which is not legal. His first pass was batted at the line of scrimmage. Brady caught the ball on the carom and threw another pass. He completed that one, but it didn’t count. It was that sort of night for Brady.

“We’ve had some chances, definitely,” he said. “The receivers are doing a great job and I’ve got to get them the ball. So I’ve got to figure out how to do that.”

He had two touchdown passes to go with the two interceptions in a 26-for-48, 216-yard passing performance. He threw touchdown passes to wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Tailback Leonard Fournette added a touchdown run.

But the two interceptions to Fuller were the big problem.

“The first one, he got hit,” Arians said. “He got hit. It looked like he had Chris going right down the middle and he stepped up, and just didn’t get enough on it with the pressure. The last one was just a misread of the coverage.”

Arians said he did not fault the play-calling of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

“I thought he called a good ballgame,” Arians said. “We’ve just got to execute better. When guys are open, we’ve got to hit them and we can’t misread coverage. We’ve got to protect a little bit better when we do have guys deep and let him hit that guy instead of have that pressure that costs us an interception. Just as a collective, everybody’s got to play better.”

4:21 a.m.
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Brady throws second interception

By Mark Maske

Tom Brady threw his second interception of the night, both to safety Jordan Fuller. The Rams can try to run out the clock. (Rams 27, Bucs 24 with 1:49 left in the 4th quarter)

4:16 a.m.
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Rams get field goal, leaving Brady time to tie or win game

By Mark Maske

The Rams are back in front. Kicker Matt Gay connected on a 40-yard field goal. But Tom Brady has his chance to respond. (Rams 27, Bucs 24 with 2:36 left in the 4th quarter)

4:04 a.m.
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Brady-to-Chris Godwin touchdown, off Goff interception, gets Bucs even

By Mark Maske

The Bucs took advantage of an interception thrown by Rams quarterback Jared Goff and tied the game on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to wide receiver Chris Godwin. They had to move only 44 yards after safety Jordan Whitehead’s interception. (Rams 24, Bucs 24 with 3:53 left in the 4th quarter)

3:56 a.m.
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Bucs fail on fourth-down attempt

By Mark Maske

The Buccaneers failed on a fourth-and-one try from the L.A. 43-yard line. Tom Brady threw incomplete in the direction of wide receiver Chris Godwin. (Rams 24, Bucs 17 with 8:16 left in the 4th quarter)

3:51 a.m.
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Brady tries to throw two forward passes on the same play ... which is illegal

By Mark Maske

Not much is going right at the moment for Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense. Brady was penalized for throwing two forward passes on the same play, which is not legal. Brady’s first pass was batted at the line of scrimmage. He caught the ball on the deflection and threw it again, actually completing the throw. But the penalty negated the “completion” and the Bucs punted. (Rams 24, Bucs 17 with 11:51 left in the 4th quarter)

3:43 a.m.
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Rams lose replay challenge seeking Brady fumble

By Mark Maske

The Rams lost an instant-replay challenge attempting to turn an incomplete-pass call into a fumble by Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. The ball was knocked from Brady’s hand just as his arm started forward on a pass attempt from his own end zone. The on-field officials called it an incomplete pass. Rams Coach Sean McVay challenged and it was extremely close, but it did appear that the ball was in Brady’s hand as his arm started forward. There was not enough on replay for the on-field call to be overturned, and the incomplete-pass call stood. Former NFL referee John Parry, now a rules analyst for ESPN, said on the broadcast he agreed with the ruling. (Rams 24, Bucs 17 with 6 seconds left in the 3rd quarter)

3:21 a.m.
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Rams get touchdown pass from Jared Goff after interception of Tom Brady

By Mark Maske

The Rams cashed in on an interception thrown by Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, getting a touchdown on a four-yard swing pass from Jared Goff to running back Cam Akers. It was Akers’s first NFL touchdown. The Rams had to move only 37 yards after Brady threw a pass directly for Rams safety Jordan Fuller for an interception. They were pushed back by a delay-of-game penalty but Goff had 18-yard completions to tight end Gerald Everett and wide receiver Josh Reynolds. (Rams 24, Bucs 17 with 5:39 left I the 3rd quarter)

3:10 a.m.
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Rams miss field goal

By Mark Maske

Matt Gay, the Rams’ just-signed kicker, missed an opportunity to give them the lead again when his 44-yard field goal attempt drifted wide to the right. The Rams had been thrown for a loss on a third-and-one running play and Coach Sean McVay opted against a fourth-and-two try from the Tampa 26-yard line. (Rams 17, Bucs 17 with 8:25 left in the 3rd quarter)

3:01 a.m.
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Interception leads to tying field goal for Buccaneers

By Mark Maske

The Bucs converted an interception thrown by Rams quarterback Jared Goff into a tying field goal but certainly would have hoped for more. Kicker Ryan Succop connected from 38 yards. The Buccaneers started at the L.A. 22-yard line after Goff’s screen pass into heavy traffic ended up in the hands of Jason Pierre-Paul for an interception. But the Tampa Bay offense moved only two yards. (Rams 17, Bucs 17 with 12:41 left in the 3rd quarter)

2:46 a.m.
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Rams get field goal as time expires in first half to lead Buccaneers, 17-14

By Mark Maske

The Rams lead the Buccaneers, 17-14, at halftime in Tampa in an entertaining “Monday Night Football” matchup between two NFC contenders.

Rams kicker Matt Gay connected on a 38-yard field goal as time expired in the half. The Rams, out of timeouts, rushed to the line of scrimmage and managed to spike the ball and stop the clock with one second remaining following a 35-yard catch and run by wide receiver Robert Woods.

Quarterback Jared Goff completed 21 of 25 passes for 212 yards in a sharp first half for the Rams. He threw touchdown passes to Woods and rookie wide receiver Van Jefferson. Wideout Cooper Kupp had nine catches for 109 yards. Woods had five catches for 60 yards.

The Buccaneers got touchdowns on a pass from Tom Brady to wide receiver Mike Evans and a short run by tailback Leonard Fournette. Brady connected on 16 of 24 passes from 119 yards. The Rams committed three pass interference penalties, two of them by star cornerback Jalen Ramsey. (Rams 17, Bucs 14 at halftime)

2:24 a.m.
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Van Jefferson’s first NFL touchdown ties game for Rams

By Mark Maske

The Rams utilized an up-tempo approach on offense and tied the game with an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Jared Goff threw his second touchdown pass of the half, a seven-yarder to rookie wide receiver Van Jefferson. It was Jefferson’s first NFL touchdown catch. (Rams 14, Bucs 14 with 4:31 left in the 2nd quarter)

2:13 a.m.
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Leonard Fournette’s touchdown puts Bucs ahead

By Mark Maske

The Buccaneers have their first lead, courtesy of a two-yard touchdown run by tailback Leonard Fournette. The touchdown was set up by an 18-yard completion from Tom Brady to wide receiver Mike Evans. The Bucs declined a pass interference penalty called on Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey on that catch by Evans. It was the second interference penalty of the half on Ramsey and the third against the Rams. They gave the Buccaneers a first down on this drive with a 25-yard interference penalty on a third-and-eight play. (Bucs 14, Rams 7 with 8:35 left in the 2nd quarter)

1:54 a.m.
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Tom Brady-to-Mike Evans touchdown pulls Buccaneers even

By Mark Maske

The Bucs pulled even on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to wide receiver Mike Evans. It was a short pass on a third-and-one play, and Evans broke tackles and dragged defenders with him to cover the final eight yards. The Buccaneers benefited earlier in the drive from a pass interference penalty called on Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey on a third-and-10 play. Brady connected with wideout Chris Godwin for another third-down conversion and found tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 16-yard gain. (Rams 7, Bucs 7 with 14:10 left in the 2nd quarter)

1:39 a.m.
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Jared Goff’s touchdown pass puts Rams in front

By Mark Maske

The Rams have the early lead in Tampa on Jared Goff’s four-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Woods. Goff moved around in the pocket on a third-and-goal play, and found Woods open in the end zone. Goff completed seven of eight passes for 72 yards on the 80-yard drive. Wideout Cooper Kupp had a 37-yard catch and run. The Los Angeles defense had forced a Buccaneers’ punt on the game’s opening possession. (Rams 7, Bucs 0 with 3:55 left in the 1st quarter)