After defeating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one win away from the Super Bowl facing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. In Week 6, Tampa Bay defeated Green Bay 38-10. This time with a ticket to the Super Bowl on the line, it was no different for Tampa Bay defeating Green Bay 31-26.
During the first half, Tampa Bay struck first with a touchdown pass to Mike Evans to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. After forcing Tampa Bay to punt, Green Bay tied up the game at 7 with a touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. After Green Bay tied up the game, Leonard Fournete made it a 14-7 Tampa Bay lead with a 20-yard touchdown run.
With just 5 minutes left in the second quarter, Green Bay made it a 14-10 lead on a 24-yard field goal by Mason Crosby. Before going for the field goal, Green Bay was close to the end zone but after 3 straight incompletion to Devonte Adams, the team went for a field goal. Despite having to punt the ball, Tampa Bay got one last drive right before halftime after forcing Aaron Rodgers to throw an interception to Sean Murphy-Bunting. With just 3 seconds left in the half, Tampa Bay made it a 21-10 lead on a touchdown pass to Scotty Miller.
Despite not starting the second half with the ball, Tampa Bay wasted no time forcing a turnover after Aaron Jones fumbled the ball which was recovered by Devin White. On the very next play, Tampa Bay made it a 28-10 lead on a touchdown pass to Cameron Brate. After the Tampa Bay touchdown, Green Bay cut the lead to 28-17 on a touchdown pass to Robert Tonyan. With the lead down to 11, Green Bay wasted no time in getting the ball back after forcing Tom Brady to throw an interception to Adrian Amos. After the interception, Green Bay got on the board and made it a 28-23 lead on a touchdown pass to Devonte Adams. After the touchdown, Green Bay tried a 2 point conversion but failed. Heading to the 4th quarter, Tampa Bay lead 28-23.
Tampa Bay started the 4th quarter with the ball trying to increase the lead, but it ended with Tom Brady throwing his second interception of the game to Jaire Alexander. After forcing Green Bay to punt despite the turnover, Tampa Bay had another chance to increase the lead but it ended with Brady throwing his 3rd interception to Alexander. Despite getting an interception, Green Bay did not capitalize and had to punt the ball. After Green Bay had to punt the ball, Tampa Bay increased the lead to 31-23 with a 46-yard field goal from Ryan Succop.
With less than 3 minutes left in the game, in desperate need of a touchdown, Green Bay failed to get in the end zone and settled for a 26-yard field goal from Mason Crosby to make it a 31-26 lead. Tampa Bay kept the ball for the rest of the 4th quarter to seal the victory.
With the victory over Green Bay, Tampa Bay is now the first team in NFL history to host the Super Bowl in their home stadium and will play either the Kansas City Chiefs or Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl on February 7.
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