Matt Gay kicked a last-gasp field goal as the Los Angeles Rams sent Tom Brady and the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of the playoffs on Sunday.
Gay drilled a 30-yard field goal as time expired to give the Rams a thrilling 30-27 win after Brady and the Bucs recovered from a 27-3 deficit to tie the game at 27-27 just moments earlier.
The win means the Rams will advance to the NFC Championship game at home against the San Francisco 49ers next week with a place in the Super Bowl at stake.
In Sunday's other game, Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to an epic 42-36 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills in a classic shootout at Arrowhead Stadium.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen looked to have given Buffalo the victory after finding Gabriel Davis in the end zone to make it 36-33 with 13 seconds remaining.
But Mahomes marched the Chiefs into field goal range to send it to overtime before hitting Travis Kelce on the first drive to end a remarkable game. The Chiefs advance to an AFC Championship game with the Cincinnati Bengals next week.
The Buccaneers' loss, meanwhile, ended the 44-year-old Brady's hopes of adding an eighth Super Bowl title to his record haul.
"We're a resilient team," Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy.
"We sure let them back into the game with a bunch of mistakes on offense. But we're tough a team, this is what we're all about. Just happy to get a win and keep moving," added Stafford, who finished with 366 passing yards.
Brady, who was sacked three times and hit on six other occasions, threw for 329 yards with one touchdown.
"We were down a bunch and a lot of guys made a bunch of different plays to get us back into it, Brady said afterward. "They just made one more than us."
"It's always pretty tough losing at the end of the year. Obviously we showed a lot of fight. But at the end of the day, you lose a game, you lose a game."
The Rams very nearly faced the end of their own season after an second half full of errors allowed Brady and the Bucs to mount a comeback.
The Rams dominated the Buccaneers through the first half and early part of the third quarter to take a 27-3 lead.
Stafford threw touchdowns to Kendall Blanton and Cooper Kupp before rushing for a score of his own to give the Rams a 24-point lead midway through the third quarter.
But just when it looked as if the Rams were about to put the game away, their errors enabled Tampa Bay to come roaring back.
A Kupp fumble led to a Leonard Fournette touchdown to make it 27-13.
Gay then missed a field goal that would have extended the Rams' lead, and Brady then picked out Mike Evans with a 55-yard touchdown reception to make it 27-20.
The sense of a Rams implosion deepened when running back Cam Akers fumbled on the Los Angeles 23-yard line.
That gave Tampa Bay the ball back in prime territory, and seven plays later Fournette rumbled over from nine yards to set up Succop's game-tying extra-point.
The momentum appeared to be all with Tampa Bay, but the Rams responded superbly, with Stafford making a 20-yard pass to Kupp before finding his favorite receiver again for a 44-yard completion.
That left Gay a chip to win the game from the Tampa Bay 12-yard line.
Stafford praised Kupp for the two late catches.
"I've spent a lot of time with the guy and know what he's all about," Stafford said. "He's the heart and soul of this offense. He's an unbelievable competitor."
The drama in Tampa was matched by an epic duel in Kansas City between Mahomes and Allen.
An incredible game saw both teams combine for 25 points in the final two minutes of regulation as the lead changed hands three times.
Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for another as the Chiefs stayed on course for a third straight Super Bowl appearance.
Allen finished with four touchdowns and 329 passing yards in defeat.
Allen led two touchdown drives in the final two minutes to give Buffalo the lead, but Mahomes and the Chiefs responded each time.
Harrison Butker's 49-yard field goal sent the game to overtime, and the Chiefs ended the duel when Mahomes found Kelce in the back of the end zone.
"It was a great game between two great football teams," Mahomes said afterwards. "Josh (Allen) played his ass off, pardon my language."
Kansas City coach Andy Reid, meanwhile, revealed his advice to Mahomes when the quarterback needed to save the season with 13 seconds left.
"When it's grim, be the grim reaper — and go get it," Reid said. "He did that. He made everyone around him better which he is great at. He does that effortlessly.
"When it gets tough, he's going to be there battling. And players appreciate that."