Getting into the postseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a Wild Card crew on the street, beating the Washington Soccer Group. The Buccaneers superior to the Divisional Spherical for a Brady/Brees matchup. Marking the primary time of their careers they’ve ever performed one another within the playoffs. Because the Bucs confronted a well-recognized foe, their division rival New Orleans Saints within the Superdome. Previous to this matchup, the Saints beat Brady’s Buccaneers twice within the common season, together with a 38-Three blowout. Regardless of the challenges earlier within the season, the Buccaneers prevailed, beating the Saints 30-20, in what’s more likely to be Drew Brees’ final sport of his profession.
The Inexperienced Bay Packers hosted the NFC Championship sport for the primary time in Aaron Rodgers’ profession. The final time the Packers hosted an NFC title sport was 2008, in a 20-23 loss in opposition to the New York Giants, as that might sarcastically be Brett Favre’s final sport as a Packer. The Packers’ had the league’s finest offense, going 13-Three within the common season. An offensive tandem of Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones, gave the impression to be unstoppable all season. One of many three groups to beat Inexperienced Bay was Tampa Bay, in a 10-38 blowout in Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered this sport with out their standout rookie Antoine Winfield Jr. at Security, who has drawn many comparisons to longtime Buccaneers nook Ronde Barber. Tampa Bay might have used him as Rodgers hit wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling deep for a 50-yard landing within the 2nd Quarter. Brady would ship his personal bomb for a 39-yard landing to Scotty Miller to shut the half on prime 21-10.
The Buccaneers would finally go up 28-10 within the third Quarter after one other Tom Brady landing. The Packers would match with one other landing of their very own, the next possession the Packers picked off Brady. Capitalizing on the chance with a landing by the Inexperienced Bay offense. The Packers’ protection shut down the Bucs once more, as Jaire Alexander intercepted Brady giving Inexperienced Bay again the ball. The Tampa Bay protection would drive the Packers to go three-and-out, after a Shaquil Barrett sack on Rodgers. One other interception could be snagged by Alexander, making it three complete picks on the day for Brady. Once more the Buccaneers protection answered again, as their protection was blanketed throughout Rodgers. Making the Packer punt as soon as once more, on one other three-and-out.
Each groups would kick a pair of area targets, giving Inexperienced Bay again the ball with a little bit over four minutes remaining. The Packers made their approach down the sphere, reaching a 1st & Purpose on the Tampa Bay eight yard line. Rodgers dropped again to go three straight performs. On third down Rodgers pressured the ball into Davante Adams’s palms which resulted in a bat down by the Buccaneers secondary. Rodgers stepped up within the pocket and appeared to have room to run it in for a landing, however handed it as an alternative. As Inexperienced Bay would face a 4th & Purpose on the purpose line with about 2 minutes left within the sport. Inexperienced Bay’s Head Coach Matt LaFleur determined to kick the sphere purpose as an alternative of going for it, regardless of being down 31-23 late within the 4th.
Tampa Bay would obtain the ball on prime 31-26, the Buccaneers had been met with a third & four and so they handed. Brady’s go went throughout the center to what gave the impression to be an incompletion: a penalty was thrown very late in opposition to the Packers for Defensive Go Interference. As Cornerback, Kevin King held onto his opponent’s jersey, drawing a penalty and placing an finish to the Packers season. Sending Tom Brady to his 10th Tremendous Bowl in 20 seasons, as Tampa Bay will make it to their first Tremendous Bowl since 2003.
Following the loss, Aaron Rodgers was upset and rightfully annoyed in his post-game interview. This seemed to be the yr that the Packers had been again on prime, after one other NFC Championship loss. As Rodgers is unsure about the way forward for himself and his teammates in Inexperienced Bay. This can be the start of the tip of Rodgers tenure as a Inexperienced Bay Packer, as Brett Favre talked about in April of final yr, he doesn’t anticipate Rodgers to complete his profession in Title City.
Tremendous Bowl LV will probably be in Tampa Bay, Florida, making it the primary time in NFL historical past a Tremendous Bowl-bound crew will probably be at house for the championship sport. The Tampa Bay Bucs will face off in opposition to the reigning Tremendous Bowl Champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs led by Patrick Mahomes on February seventh within the Tremendous Bowl. A matchup between the best ever and the best within the sport proper now, it needs to be an awesome Tremendous Bowl.