The Bucs traveled to Green Bay on Sunday and beat the Packers in the NFC Championship, clinching Tampa Bay’s second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and becoming the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl that’s being hosted in their own home stadium.

Tom Brady led the Bucs to a 28-10 lead in the third quarter and the defense stood strong as the Packers mounted a comeback en route to Tampa Bay’s 31-26 victory.

Head coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media following the Bucs’ win. Read the full transcript below.

On going for it on fourth down and hitting Scotty Miller for a deep touchdown in the first half
“It was like, we didn’t come here to not take chances to win the game. With the timeout and then the interception I wanted to come out of there with points. We said punt it but then loved the play we had and got a great match-up and got a touchdown and I thought it was huge.”

On how he’s feeling
“I couldn’t be happier for our players. They put in so much work and our coaching staff has done such a great job. Ownership gave us everything we needed and I just couldn’t be any more elated for these guys, the job they put in. We had both backup safeties in there just playing their asses off and it was a great team win.”

On the defense’s performance
“I can’t say enough about them. They’ve been great in the fourth quarter all year and we got some great stops, took a couple chances on offense to try and get more points and it didn’t work out but they came back and got the ball right back for it.”

On becoming the first team to host a Super Bowl
“So many teams don’t get a chance because they don’t get the Super Bowl in their stadium. It was obviously the goal of ours to start this season but getting to the Super Bowl was not what our goal is, the goal is to win it.”

On if he was surprised that the Packers settled for a field goal late in the game
“No I thought that they had a lot of confidence in their defense at that point and I thought it was a good move by them.”

On beating three divisional champions on the road
“That’s the scary thing about coming to the Super Bowl at home, we’ve been playing so good on the road and this was fun because we had loud fans and this was football for the first time this year, for me. The fans were great here and what an unbelievable atmosphere but to be able to come home and play for the Super Bowl at our place and not have to get on a plane and do all the things that this crazy year has us doing, it will be weird. It won’t even feel like the Super Bowl, we won’t have all of those damn press conferences.

On his journey to coaching, then returning to coaching and getting to a Super Bowl
“It would be really hard [to put into words], it would probably take a long time for me. There were times when I never thought it would happen, I never thought I’d get a head coaching job. After the cancer scare in Arizona, sitting out a year and then coming back, this has been the most rewarding year of coaching of my life.”

On when this moment started to feel real
“I guess when I was holding the Halas Trophy. It was like oh my gosh, we’re actually going to do it and we can dream about looking across the street for two weeks.”

On if he changed his mind after the punt team came out in the first half
“I sent the punt team out and then I went through a couple of scenarios in my mind, the clock was stopped, and I said no, we’re going back out. We’ve got a good play, we’re going back out and going to try and get some points.”

On Sean Murphy-Bunting’s turnovers and Tom Brady’s touchdown to Scotty Miller
“Sean played that thing perfectly. I thought he was going to get another later when they hit that same ball on him but Sean has been playing outstanding. He’s got all of his confidence back, the whole secondary does and should because they’re playing really, really well. We just got a great match-up. I think they were playing for us trying to get into field goal range and Scotty just ran right by [Kevin] King and when they lined up you could tell that it was going to be a touchdown. We just had to protect and throw the ball.”

On Brady’s interceptions and some dropped passes from receivers, the belief he instills in the team
“Chris [Godwin] drops one and then makes an unbelievable catch on a ball way down the field. Mike [Evans] never drops a ball and then one bounces off his hands. But the resiliency of the crew, the defense gritted their teeth, went out and got it back for us and then we made some big, big plays. Chris made the big play at the end and a couple other plays on first down plays and it’s just water off of his back. It’s just, let’s go get it and nothing phases him.”

On Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul’s sacks
“Once we tightened up and stopped giving [Rodgers] those quick little throws and he had to hold the ball, we had a great feeling about both of those guys beating those tackles and they did a great job. They turned it up and we had some great interior pressure too but they did a great job.”

On the Bucs’ offensive line
“Since probably Week 9 or 10 they’ve been playing lights out and again, Aaron Stinnie stepping in for [Alex Cappa], Joe Haeg playing tight end for us and [Rob Gronkowski] being a blocker too. Those guys just did a great, great job of keeping Tom clean.

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chefboho
chefboho
1 year ago

With the offense and defense playing complimentary football the way they are, they’re almost impossible to beat. They barely had enough people to play safety and yet still held when it was needed! So proud of this squad and there’s no way in my wildest dream that I thought they would’ve made it where they are. Just incredible and true story book fashion.

fl0nase
fl0nase
1 year ago

You bet your sweet T’s the goal is to win it. IN Ray Jay.

fl0nase
fl0nase
Reply to  fl0nase
1 year ago

I was worried without Winfield to be honest. Happy it didn’t matter. This offence is stacked.

cptsora
cptsora
1 year ago

Vita Vea is the reason we won this game.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  cptsora
1 year ago

Can’t be understated. You think it’s a coincidence the defensive ends went off tonight? Vea was the man and a difference maker

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

Completely agree with these assessments.

Spruce
Spruce
1 year ago

I know I thought the Bucs were a better team but would lose based on the environment and conditions and am elated they won.
Now it’s on to the Super Bowl. Err, wait, actually it’s a home game. Onto home, sleeping in their own beds and a short commute to practice and the game.
I continue to be amazed at how the media keeps showing Brady and it was the defense that overcame his mistakes. Troy Aikman in particular saying it all came down to Brady.
It was defense like last week and coaching that we all under estimated.

danielob
danielob
1 year ago

Hey BigSombero, how’d yoiu like that one?

Spruce
Spruce
1 year ago

This picture sums up the mentality of everything Brady touches. He and Arians. The reality is the coaching staff and defense won last week and this week.
You have to show respect for who is bringing you to the big dance and whom ever writes the articles needs to start crediting a truly great defense. Pretty good kicker as well that hasn’t won a game at the last minute but is clearly capable of it.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Spruce
1 year ago

Yeah Brady sucks, and played no part in the Bucs reaching the SB. His 4600 yards, 43 TD’s vs 13 TO’s, and 102 QB Rating, was just a fluke. This team would have been here whether it was Brady or Jameis. And the other 9 Super Bowl appearances for Brady, were all because of Bill and his defense. Brady was just a passenger. Hopefully Brady doesn’t suck as usual and get in the way of this championship defense bringing home the Lombardi

Spitfire
Spitfire
1 year ago

So happy for everyone in this organization including Arians. They have a real chance to win this Super Bowl and honestly I feel we will be even better next year and will have a chance to back to back it! If we are able to keep the band together, with another good Draft and an actual offseason, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be even better next year. So proud to be a Bucs Fan!!! Go Bucs!!!

bucballer
bucballer
1 year ago

What an amazing season! We found out the Brady effect is real. This team has followed the lead of its QB and it has lead us to the SuperBowl! Great team effort! Taking care of business. I’m a believer. Great win!

Buc76
Buc76
1 year ago

Agree with the Vita Vea comment. Key to a lot of those sacks. Get back AB, Winfield hope Jordan whitehead and be full strength to stops the chiefs. Yes it’s halftime in that game but you know they are going to win

a-bomb
a-bomb
1 year ago

Its okay Rogers, in the 2022 offseason you will sign with the Bucs after TB 12 retires and get to the Superbowl!

PatsFan
PatsFan
1 year ago

Enjoy having Brady. As a Pats fan I would have given my left nut to have him back over loser Cam Newton this year. We had no other offensive talent, so it would’s have matter much, so count yourself lucky to have Brady. He threw a pick against the Falcons in the Superbowl and it didn’t matter. He threw three today because twoi of your receivers can’t catch in a pressure game and they were basically punts. Get a f-ing grip. Brady is a winner.

PatsFan
PatsFan
1 year ago

Hey Big Sombrero you DB, come on out and play. You are an unmitigated idiot. You can’t spell Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. without someone spotting you the letters. Get receivers who can catch under pressure and the picks will dry up. I’ll take that big hat of yours and take a big steaming you know what in it. Be grateful to have TEPB. I want him back in NE after a year with Cam Newton.

76Buc
76Buc
1 year ago

Evans and Chris performed with excellence all year. For some reason they have developed linebacker hands (stone). That needs to change Thankfully we have very good back ups. Great job on D!