Bucs Beat Packers 31-26, Will Be Local In Super Bowl


GREEN BAY, Wisconsin, USA (AP) – Tom Brady has a new team, in a new city. Fate is the same: another Super Bowl.

And also at home.

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The man with six NFL titles became the first quarterback to play the Super Bowl at his team’s stadium. It was very helpful that the Tampa Bay defense captured Aaron Rodgers five times, and also a curious final decision by the Packers on fourth down and goal, as they defeated first seed Green Bay on Sunday 31-26 and thus won. the title of the National Conference.

“It’s amazing to have another win on the road and now we have a home game, and who would have thought of a Super Bowl at home for us,” Brady said. “But we did it.”

“I think the defense was spectacular. They have done it all year, “he added.

The Bucs (14-5) will face the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on September 7. No team has played the Super Bowl at home 54 times before.

“We’re going home,” said Bucs coach Bruce Arians, whose first job as an NFL coach was as an assistant in 1989 with Kansas City and will now play his first Super Bowl as head coach. “We are going home to win.”

Brady returns to the Super Bowl in his first year with Tampa Bay after making it to that game nine times with the New England Patriots. He completed 20 of 36 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw for three interceptions as Tampa Bay blew away most of an 18-point lead. Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul added five quarterback sacks to help the Bucs add eight straight road wins, a franchise record.

“Tom is the greatest ever,” said Bucs wide receiver Scotty Miller, who caught a 39-yard touchdown pass with one second left on the clock before halftime. “Last year we finished 7-9. This year we are going to the Super Bowl. He is the main reason ”.

The Bucs ended a seven-game winning streak for Green Bay. They got help from a bizarre decision by Packers coach Matt LaFleur with two minutes remaining and the score 31-23.

After Rodgers threw three incomplete passes and the team had fourth down and goal from the eight-yard line, the Packers chose a 26-yard field goal from Mason Crosby with 2:05 left.

“Every time it doesn’t work for you, you’re sorry, aren’t you?” LaFleur admitted. “It’s just the circumstances of having three chances and going without yards. And knowing that you not only need the touchdown, but the two points. As I saw it, we had four timeouts with the two-minute warning ”.

Then Tampa Bay ran out the clock and the Packers (14-4) were left lying on the ground.

Green Bay has lost the NFC championship game four times in seven seasons. He hasn’t made the Super Bowl since he won the title in 2010.

Rodgers completed 33 of 48 passes for 346 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception, but his record in conference championship games as a starting quarterback fell to 1-4.

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