Conference Finals: Home Super Bowl for Tampa Bay and Tom Brady

Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Monday January 25, 2021 at 12:20 am

Thanks to a first-rate performance on the Green Bay Packers’ lawn, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won (26-31) and qualified for the Super Bowl, which will take place on their lawn.

Tom Brady writes his legend a little more! After having played nine Super Bowls under the colors of the New England Patriots, the legendary number 12 will find the final of the NFL championship but, this time, under the colors of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On the lawn at Lambeau Field, the Bucs put an end to the journey of the best team in the National Conference, the Green Bay Packers, who had only been defeated three times since the start of the season last September. . A Conference final that the Buccaneers got off to a flying start. Indeed, on their first offensive series and after four minutes of possession, Tom Brady found Mike Evans for the first touchdown of the match. The defenses then took precedence over the attacks but, early in the second quarter, Aaron Rodgers responded to « TB12 » by finding Marquez Valdes-Scantling to tie the two teams. A status quo that did not last very long because, in less than two minutes and four game times, the Bucs returned the Packers’ defense. A long distance pass from Brady to Chris Godwin followed by a run from Leonard Fournette gave the advantage to the Floridians.

The Packers believed in a fantastic comeback

If Green Bay was able to close the gap on a field goal, Tampa Bay was clearly on another planet in the first half. After an interception, Scotty Miller was found in the in-goal by his quarterback. The start of the third quarter was no more glorious for the Packers who, after committing a fumble, let Tom Brady send his third touchdown pass to Cameron Brate. Led by 18 points, Aaron Rodgers had to react and he did. In the process, he found Robert Tonyan to close the gap before the unthinkable. Tom Brady saw one of his passes intercepted. A loss of ball which then offered the Packers the opportunity to return to five lengths, which Aaron Rodgers did not let pass by finding Davante Adams at the end of a long offensive series of more than seven minutes. But the two-point transformation failed, with the Packers not closing the gap to a simple field goal. While Tom Brady was pulled over for the first time, the former Patriots playing master’s woes were not over. First at the end of the third quarter and then at the start of the fourth, the Buccaneers quarterback sent balloons too easily readable for the Packers’ defense who had a great time.

The Buccaneers, first to play a Super Bowl at home

However, the Green Bay attack did not shine any better, its first two series of the last quarter not having made it possible to close the gap. On the contrary, it was Tampa Bay which widened the gap less than five minutes from the end of the match with a field goal from Ryan Succop. Pushed to their limits, the players of Matt LaFleur pushed but the Bucs defense tightened the game to push them to also attempt a field goal to return to five points. Picking up the ball just over two minutes from the end of the game, the Buccaneers played the clock, forcing the Packers to waste their timeouts to stop the clock but failed to get their hands on the ball. In this little game, Tampa Bay won by five lengths (26-31) and became the first team in NFL history to win the right to play the Super Bowl on its lawn. On February 7, however, Tom Brady and his men will have a lot to do. They could meet the defending champions, the Kansas City Chiefs for a duel at the top with Patrick Mahomes, or the Buffalo Bills of Josh Allen. What is certain is that « TB12 » is still determined to write the history of his sport, in another team and another Conference.

NFL – SEASON 2020-2021 / PLAY-OFFS
Program in French time

Conference Finals

National Conference

Sunday January 21, 2021
Green Bay Packers (1) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5) : 26-31

American Conference

Monday 22 January 2021
0h40: Kansas City Chiefs (1) – Buffalo Bills (2)

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