Updated: Jan 25
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers advance to their second Super Bowl in franchise history, and will be the first to play in their home stadium after a 31-26 win in Green Bay. Two plays at the end of the first half and beginning of the third quarter put Tampa in the drivers seat. With :08 remaining, the Bucs called four verticals and Brady threw to Scotty Miller, who easily beat Kevin King on one-on-one coverage for a 39-yard touchdown. Aaron Jones then lost the ball deep in Packers territory and Brady immediately capitalized with a 9-yard TD lob to Cameron Brate for a commanding 28-10 lead. The hit on Jones also knocked him out of the game.
The Packers rallied while Brady threw three second-half interceptions but Jason Pierre-Paul, Shaquil Barrett, Ndamukong Suh and others made life difficult for Green Bay, sacking Aaron Rodgers five times. The Packers final drive ended when Head Coach Matt LaFleur elected to have Mason Crosby kick a 26-yard field goal to close the deficit to five. But Brady and the Bucs offense got the three first downs needed to end the game. The Buccaneers play the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa. A Buccaneers Super Bowl title would allow Tampa Bay to tie Los Angeles with two pro sports titles won in the past six months.