Matthew Stafford transforming the L.A. Rams into his team

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By outshining Tom Brady on SoFi Stadium turf, Matthew Stafford is proving to be the missing ingredient for a Rams team hungry to win the Super Bowl.
Whose House?

Stafford's House!

They're going to have to tweak that popular SoFi Stadium cheer, give it truth, make it personal.

The Rams live here, but, three games into his tenure as their savior quarterback, Matthew Stafford owns the joint.

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He officially took possession Sunday on a day of GOAT wrangling and Super Bowl dreaming, in a football game that became a dance party, thousands of horn-adorned fans bouncing to the rhythm of one rocking right arm.

Staring down Tom Brady for more than three hours, Stafford didn't blink, he dinked ... and dunked ... and fired ... and flung ... and led the Rams to a 34-24 victory over the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers while chilling the air with the promise of February.

These Rams are good enough to be playing here for all the Super marbles. And they are good enough because of Stafford, who sank the Buccaneers on four consecutive lengthy touchdown drives that ended in four consecutive touchdown passes that cut their Arrrrgh out.

No offense to Jared Goff, seriously, none whatsoever, but Stafford has put the Rams in an entirely different universe.

Not to mention, a rather surprising embrace.

"I saw him outside the [locker room] door and I gave him a hug and said, 'I love you man,'" Aaron Donald, a three-time NFL defensive player of the year, said afterward.

Stafford accepted the affection with relief.

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"That's a whole lot better than when he used to be chasing me ... those hugs are a lot better than the other ones," Stafford said.

The proof is in the PDA. This is his team. This is his season. This is his house.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford celebrates with Cooper Kupp after connecting with the wide receiver on a touchdown pass against the Buccaneers on Sunday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

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