Sunday, January 24th, 3:05 ET at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Among the most intriguing facts about both the AFC and NFC matchups are that the teams already played each other this year during week six.
In the first matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers, the Bucs demolished the Pack, 38-10. But that was well before veteran Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers settled into his well-honed groove. The ensuing time also gave second-year head coach Matt LeFleur time to adjust.
If the Packers defense can get to Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, then this could be a frustrating day for the Bucs, as they’re playing away from home in the cold confines of Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. With temperatures expected to be below freezing, it’s a question of whether the Buccaneers’ receiving corps will be up for the challenge. Because the weather’s not expected to bother Brady. He’s 34-7 when the thermometer ices up.
Rodgers has similar stellar stats in the cold weather with a record of 28-6. Fresh from an impressive win over the Rams, he may have other things on his mind. Win, and he’s in the Super Bowl for the second time in his career. Lose, and he’ll be one of only three quarterbacks in NFL history to have four losses in conference championship games. Expect lots of air hookups with receiver Devante Adams.
With both quarterbacks expected to be super sharp, it will come down to a big play or two. Look for Tampa Bay to make a critical play (like an interception or a recovered fumble) late in the game to seal it.
If so, it would mark Brady’s 10th Super Bowl appearance and the first time a team plays in its own stadium during the Big Game. Expect a nail biter.
Tampa Bay 30 – Green Bay 28