Road warriors: Bucs win 31-26 at Green Bay, reach Super Bowl
By admin - January 25, 2021
Tom Brady has a new team, in a new town, but the destination is the same. Here are the highlights:
- Brady and the Bucs beat top-seeded Green Bay 31-26 for the NFC title Sunday.
- “It’s great to get another road win and now we got a home game, and who would have ever thought a home Super Bowl for us,” Brady said. “But we did it. I thought the defense was spectacular. They’ve done that all year.”
- The Bucs (14-5) will face the Kansas City Chiefs (16-2) at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7.
- A host team in the Super Bowl has never happened in 54 previous games.
- “We’re coming home,” said Bucs coach Bruce Arians, whose first NFL coaching job was as an assistant in 1989 with Kansas City, and won two league Coach of the Year awards, with Indianapolis in 2012, Arizona in 2014. He will make his first trip to the Super Bowl as a head coach. “We’re coming home to win.”
- Brady went 20 of 36 for 286 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions as Tampa Bay squandered most of an 18-point lead.
- Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul combined for five sacks.
- The Bucs snapped Green Bay’s seven-game winning streak.
- “Anytime it doesn’t work out you always regret it, right?” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “It was just circumstance of having three shots and coming away with no yards. And knowing that you not only need the touchdown but you’d need the 2-point. The way I was looking at it is we essentially had four timeouts with the 2-minute warning, we knew we needed to get a stop.”