The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-26 in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field to advance to the Super Bowl. The Packers, who clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and ensure the road to the Super Bowl would go through Lambeau Field, were hosting an NFC Championship Game for the first time in the Aaron Rodgers era.
Unfortunately for the Packers and Rodgers, they failed to deliver on their home field as the Buccaneers came to play and showed no fear. Tom Brady, who won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and left Foxborough in the offseason to join the Buccaneers, didn't have the greatest of his performances but still it was enough to help Tampa Bay win.
Brady went 20-of-36 for 280 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in a win over the Packers. "It's been a great journey thus far," Brady said after the game, as quoted on ESPN. "We put the work in, and a lot of guys embraced everything.
...They worked really hard to get to this point. It's a tough game. Had a few tough games in a row. Next one will be really tough, too."
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"But we know what we're playing for. We got two weeks to prepare. It's going to be a great opponent," Brady added. The Patriots missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 2008, while Brady made the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers.
Brady spent 20 seasons with the Patriots before changing teams for the first time in his career, "Well, this is the ultimate team sport," Brady said when asked what it meant to defy critics of his decision to go Tampa Bay.
"We've had a lot of people work really hard over a long period of time to get to this point. It's a tough journey to get here. To go on the road and win another road playoff game is a great achievement. "And now a home Super Bowl for the first time in NFL history, I think, puts a lot of cool things in perspective. Anytime you're the first one doing something, that's usually a pretty good thing."