In the final of the NFC Championship, the Bucs prevailed at the Green Bay Packers in the legendary Lambeau Field with 31:26. The duel developed into a real thriller in the last quarter – with a better ending for the guests.
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For Brady it is already the tenth Super Bowl appearance of his career, six times the quarterback legend secured the ring with the New England Patriots. Now the most successful quarterback in history is heading for the title with the Bucs – it would be the first triumph since 2003, when Tampa Bay celebrated the only title in the history of the franchise.
But the Buccaneers have already made history: Coach Bruce Arians’ team is the first of the NFL to compete in the home stadium for the Super Bowl. (SERVICE: All games and results)
Brady started strong
The first touchdown was recorded after only four minutes. But Rodgers also found his form early: with a sensational throw over 50 yards at Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the 37-year-old threw the Packers for the first touchdown and to equalize.
Shortly before the break it got wild again. With just 28 seconds left, Rodgers intercepted – he’d been sacked before – giving Brady another chance to score.
And he used his opportunity! Seven seconds before the end of the first half, the 43-year-old shone with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Scotty Miller. A major setback for Green Bay, which from Packers’ point of view should never happen.
The cornerback was simply overrun by Miller – already the second touchdown that King allowed in this game. (SERVICE: All NFL divisions at a glance)
Brady makes mistakes
After half time, Green Bay picked up where it left off. Aaron Jones made a fumble, which the Bucs converted into a touchdown – a real horror start from the Packers’ point of view.
But the hosts did not want to give up so quickly. Rodgers was also running hot and served Davante Adams, who made it to 25:28 with a touch down. Rodgers has thrown multiple touchdowns in nine postseason games in a row, the longest series in NFL history!
The Packers’ race to catch up is not rewarded
The franchise was for two, Rodgers’ pass but slipped through the hands of the German Equanimeous St. Brown.
The hosts started to catch up, but were unsuccessful just four minutes before the end eight yards from the end zone and decided on a field goal.
The Packers Defense couldn’t stop Tampa after all. King became a tragic figure: the cornerback caused a pass interference with a jersey pull and sealed the defeat of his Packers.