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The Bucs nearly clawed back from an early 17-0 deficit when they hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13, ultimately falling 27-24 to the defending Super Bowl Champions.

Tampa Bay then limped into their bye week needing a change, dropping three of their previous four games to sit at 7-5 with just four games remaining. But with quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bruce Arians manning the ship, the Bucs changed course and have now rattled off a franchise-record seven consecutive victories since that loss to Kansas City – including two postseason victories over legendary quarterbacks in their own right along the way, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers – to find themselves on a collision course with the Chiefs in Raymond James Stadium once more, this time playing for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LV.

“It was just a little bit of looking inside and knowing that this is a really good football team,” Arians said he told the team during their bye week. “We lost some close games to some really good teams and we have to find a way to win and it’s going to take everybody. There’s things that are going to happen but if everybody just digs a little bit deeper, we’ll figure out ways to win games and once we get going, we’re going to be hard to stop.

Now the Bucs face an interesting road leading up to the Super Bowl, becoming the first team in NFL history to play for a championship in their own home stadium. Arians spoke about the unique advantages that playing for a Super Bowl in their own back yard presents.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians and QB Tom Brady

Bucs HC Bruce Arians and QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

“I think the big advantage is that we stay in our own beds and sleep here and do our normal routines,” Arians said. “Nothing’s out of the ordinary until we hit the media sessions next week but everything else, just to be able to stay in your routine, sleep in your bed and all that stuff. I think it’s a huge advantage.”

But while Arians does point to certain advantages that a Super Bowl in Tampa provides, the continuity and lack of travel can only do some much when preparing to face the plethora of offensive weapons that have built the Chiefs into one of the most prolific offenses in recent memory over the past three seasons. Headlined by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce, the Bucs will have to be at their best to overcome the seemingly unstoppable unit.

“You go back and you look at the game and what match-ups you had,” Arians said. “Familiarity helps but I’m not really excited to play Tyreek Hill and Kelce and Mahomes. That’s a formidable challenge but our guys will be up for it.”

While Kelce broke the record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2020, finishing the season with 1,416 and 115 catches over 15 games, he followed his regular season dominance by breaking the record for most catches in a Conference Championship game with 13 against Buffalo. Kelce and Hill also became the first teammates in history to each haul in over 100 receiving yards in back-to-back playoff games on Sunday, combining for 22 receptions, 290 receiving yards and two scores in the Chiefs’ 38-24 win over the Bills.

“It’s really hard,” Arians said about trying to contain Kelce. “He reminds me a lot of Tony Gonzalez back when he was unbelievable to try and stop because he’s got wide receiver skills and he runs like a wide receiver, he runs routes like a wide out, he beats corners. So it’s a hard, hard challenge but Todd [Bowles] will come up with some schemes. But again, we’ve got to get after the quarterback and we can’t let him run around and make those crazy plays that he and Kelce do so well.”

WR Tyreek Hill and CB Carlton Davis

WR Tyreek Hill and CB Carlton Davis – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

And once again looking back at the Bucs’ first match-up with Kansas City, a game in which Hill totaled seven receptions, 203 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone, Arians remains steadfast that the Bucs ultimately did a lot of things well in that contest but more importantly took away a lot of learning experiences from the defeat.

“We’ll help a little bit more [on Hill in coverage] than we did in that ball game,” Arians said. “And again, you learn from mistakes and you learn from really good things and there were some really good things in that game so we’ve got a lot of stuff to build on.”

So as the preparation for Super Bowl LV begins, Arians and the Bucs are looking forward to their challenge and even more so a chance to keep the Lombardi Trophy in Tampa.

“It should be a great game, it should be a really good game,” Arians said. “They’re one hell of a football team and they’re super well-coached by Andy [Reid] and his whole crew, [defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo] and everybody, great players. It should be fun.

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10 months ago

The teams are not supposed to be in town for this Superbowl until the the Friday before the game. Normally they get here on Sunday or Monday so it will be a lot more like Kansas City is making a road trip here for a normal away game. Not sure if that helps or hurts but its different.

Reply to  Buc76
10 months ago

Unless they are mandating that because of Covid, I think it’s up to them. I remember when we went to San Diego Gruden talked about deciding when to come, either prepare at home and show up for the game or get here the week before and acclimate to the climate and time change and weather and all that. Not sure if it is completely up to the team but whatever the case, they aren’t in the comfort of their own back yard so hopefully that is more of a benefit to us than a normal away Super Bowl. Hopefully our… Read more »

Reply to  Spitfire
10 months ago

Both teams still have to adhere to all the league COVID protocols, including isolation from the public, staying together in team hotels with strict access requirements, etc. etc. Anyone who fails to follow the protocol will be removed from the game roster, and anyone who gets exposed or infected and puts his teammates at risk would suffer extreme consequences, in terms of their future with their team and in the NFL.

10 months ago

At least this time there are two weeks between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. In 2003 we only had one week. Made it tough to make travel arrangements, but we got there.

10 months ago

The logistical advantage is arguable-the psychological advantage of being the first is not! Also,about the poll-looks like the same 11% that voted for the Packers didn’t learn anything!

10 months ago

I don’t think home field advantage is going to mean anything in this game. What is interesting is that it is almost universally decreed by the NFL gods of the media that Tampa Bay has zero chance of winning this game. Even more so than the near universal decree that there was no way that Aaron Rodgers could lose to the Bucs, or that Drew Brees could lose to the Bucs. I’ve read numerous media knuckleheads this week proclaiming Pat Mahomes is now crowned the “next GOAT” or the “New GOAT”, and that he will easily dethrone the “old GOAT”,… Read more »

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Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

I got so sick of reading how many NFL “experts” said the Bucs had no chance in the Packers game. It has been progressively worse, starting with the Saints game, and culminating in the Bucs vs Chiefs SB. Get ready for a long 2 weeks of idiots telling you how overmatched and outclassed the Bucs are.

Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
10 months ago

Everyone said the same crap after Rodgers won his first Super Bowl. “Prepare to see him in many more Super Bowls” lol nah. Ain’t happened yet.

Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

Well, unfortunately, I’ve been one of those people that predicted the Saints to win, and then the Packers. My reasoning for that was simple. As far as the Saints goes, I felt like they were in our head. And by OUR, I mean Arians, Brady, Evans, etc…they have beaten us over and over. In my heart, I wanted to believe that the 38-3 week 9 loss was going to serve as huge motivation to not lose to them a 3rd time. Luckily for us, my heart was right, and we overcame those demons Now the Packers. Again, my thought process… Read more »

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