The Bucs went into a cold Lambeau Field on Sunday and claimed a 31-26 victory over the Packers, clinching Tampa Bay’s first Super Bowl berth since beating the Oakland Raiders and lifting the Lombardi Trophy in 2003.

After Green Bay won the toss and deferred to the second half, Tampa Bay jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after quarterback Tom Brady converted three third downs as he moved the Bucs’ offense down the field, with the last coming by way of a 19-yard touchdown to Mike Evans. Later in the quarter a sack from Jason Pierre-Paul pushed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense back inside their own 10-yard line but a huge conversion on third-and-long to Allen Lazard kept the drive. With a second chance on the drive, Rodgers found Marquez Valdes-Scantling deep down the right sideline for a 50-yard touchdown to tie the game. On the Bucs’ ensuing drive, Tampa Bay moved down the field with a 52-yard completion to Chris Godwin before Leonard Fournette found the end zone on the next play by way of a 20-yard rushing touchdown.

Green Bay answered with a field goal and then forced a punt to take over with 2:10 remaining in the first half, trailing 14-10, with a chance to go down the field one last time and take a lead into the locker room for halftime. Tampa Bay’s defense held strong though and Pierre-Paul got to Rodgers for another big sack on first-and-10 to the Green Bay 40-yard line. On the next play Sean Murphy-Bunting came up with his third interception of the playoffs and the Bucs were aggressively able to convert on fourth-and-short from the 45-yard line with eight seconds before Brady found a streaking Scotty Miller down the left sideline for an improbably 39-yard touchdown with one second left on the clock, giving Tampa Bay a 21-10 lead at the half.

Green Bay took over for the third quarter and Tampa Bay’s defense wasted no time setting the Bucs up for more breathing room as Jordan Whitehead quickly forced a fumble from running back Aaron Jones, recovered by Devin White to the Green Bay eight-yard line, before Brady found tight end Cam Brate for touchdown on the first play of the short drive to give Tampa Bay a 28-10 lead. Rodgers responded brilliantly, leading a long touchdown drive before the Bucs seemingly hit rock bottom. Tampa Bay’s next three drives were ended by interceptions for Brady but the Bucs’ defense, as they did against New Orleans, stood tall and conceded just seven points on the three resulting Green Bay drives. Clinging on to a five-point lead, Tampa Bay was able to get three more points and an eight-point advantage from Ryan Succop. The Packers needed an answer and it looked as though they would have one, driving inside the Bucs’ 10-yard line before ultimately settling for a field goal with 2:05 and three points remaining. Tampa Bay was ultimately able to run out the clock and ensure a spot in the Super Bowl.

With Sunday’s win, the Bucs will head back to Raymond James and become the first team in NFL history to play for a Super Bowl in their own home stadium. The Bucs will find out their opponent when the AFC Championship between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs concludes on Sunday night.

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NaplesFan2.0
NaplesFan2.0
1 year ago

Who knew!?! What a season and Super Bowl Bound!!! 3 road games and in? Great team win!

e
e
1 year ago

Holy cow.

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
WeAretheChamps2002+2021
1 year ago

Amazing. Two weeks to get everyone healthy – especially Winfield and Whitehead. Go Bucs!

seat26
seat26
1 year ago

It feels so good to be wrong about this team. I have to admit, Licht comes off looking like a genius. Puts a rag-tag team of old overpaid geezers together and now he is in the Superbowl at home! I did not see this happening at all.
I have said from the beginning, don’t ever bet on my picks. I am usually wrong. But this time it feels great to be wrong.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

Who are these old overpaid geezers you mention? Every player on this team has contributed to this run, young and old. Every single member of this organization from the Ownership down deserves every bit of credit for this Super Bowl appearance. Sorry if their success gets to you, but this victory is for us real Bucs Fans to enjoy! 💩

seat26
seat26
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Tongue n cheek. Relax. And I have been a Bucs fan from before you were born. (likely)

BucRy
BucRy
1 year ago

Sleep.

Ringer
Ringer
1 year ago

Taaaampaaa!

PewterHeart
PewterHeart
1 year ago

TAMMPA BAYYYY! been a long time for this!! 4 more quarters!

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
1 year ago

Bucs are screwing up their draft.

chefboho
chefboho
1 year ago

Unreal. What a battle on both sides. The defense has really steeped up the last two weeks when needed. What a game by those Defensive ends. I think we can all agree that having Vea in the middle made a huge difference. Brady made everyone of these guys believe. Even without any healthy safeties. What a game and super bowl we go! Oh and Sombrero, eat crow. You were wrong yet again.

Last edited 1 year ago by chefboho
Horse
Horse
1 year ago

Keep the dream alive!

Charlie
Charlie
1 year ago

Jon Ledyard eat your heart out lol

Vinsane38
Vinsane38
1 year ago

I am oddly numb given how GB essentially handed it to us with the FG. We won despite 3 INT thrown by Brady…this team is very good and is as hot as Mcdonald’s coffee right now!

Wish I could have a Bev with y’all in Tampa!

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  Vinsane38
1 year ago

2 of those INTs were tipped balls that could have been caught. Our Offense was rollin the whole game! Now we get to bring it Home!

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

I give Brady one earned int. The other two were tipped and could have been caught although not exactly on exact target. Brady is clearly the NFL MVP! No player means more to their team and organization. He’s made a believer out of his teammates, fans in Tampa and now everyone! Great win! Still don’t understand the obsession with running on first down??? But a great team win! Go Bucs!

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  Vinsane38
1 year ago

I’m the same way. I’m out in Nevada, been here since 2008 when I moved my family out here from Tampa, but stayed loyal and it paid off.

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
Reply to  Vinsane38
1 year ago

He may have thrown 3 interceptions but they only came away with 6 points off of them. That’s our defense playing solid and not allowing them to get into the end zone. This is a championship defense

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  Vinsane38
1 year ago

You can’t see it like that. Our Defense was stopping them and if they failed on 4th down the game was over anyways. Thats always a tough call but they were counting on getting it back into the hands of Rodgers to win it. Thats the problem with the fact that they haven’t had to deal with those clutch calls much this season. They played for the win not the tie, with the way our offense was rolling every drive despite the deep turnovers and the way our Defense was relentless. Even if they went for it AND got the… Read more »

Daba
Daba
1 year ago

We’re going to the fucking SUPER BOWL!!

Spitfire
Spitfire
1 year ago

I don’t care how we won it, we won it. Those tipped INTs weren’t everything, the Offense was moving the whole game, a little typical Bad Bucs Luck at the end didn’t stop us. The Offense scored enough points and the Defense got their takeaways and finally outright stopped them when they needed to. All that matters is we are going to the Super Bowl and we have a chance to win no matter who it’s against! Go Bucs Go Bucs Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!! It’s ok you picked wrong Jon, you’re new to Tampa Bay so your garbage pick doesn’t matter…… Read more »

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
1 year ago

HFY!!! LFG!!! We are headed back to the Super bowl!! I’m so happy to enjoy this with all of the real Buccaneer fans that love this team. I’m so ucking pumped right now!!

PewterPose
PewterPose
1 year ago

We cannot be stopped.

Ringer
Ringer
1 year ago

A SB win feels like destiny right now. We find a way to win. It’s the Brady effect even though the second half wasn’t good for the offense. The D stepped up

EricNV
EricNV
1 year ago

I’m crying. I never cry, but I’m crying.

Spitfire
Spitfire
1 year ago

I just hope our guys can stay disciplined for 2 more weeks staying safe and healthy and that being home the entire time won’t put us as risk and we can shit up all of our guys in 2 weeks and give my 7yo Son and 12 yo Daughter a game and win to talk about for the rest of their lives!!!

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
1 year ago

Jesus were in the damn superbowl! This defense has been nuch maligned the second half of the season but theyve played huge the last 2 weeks. Shaq had a breakout party. Its no coincidence the oass rush was found once Vita came back. Those edges were collapsing all day with him in the middle. First half tom was unbelievable. 2nd half not so much, but weel take that. Still too many drops for my taste, but the team played penalty free. SMB has been playing lights out as well and the secondary will get a big boost in the big… Read more »

thewbacca
thewbacca
1 year ago

Great team effort. I don’t ever want to hear again the Tampa can’t win in the cold. Loved the aggressive mindset.

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
1 year ago

I can’t believe we’re going home for the super bowl! This is a huge moment in Bucs history and I can’t wait

David DeLeon
David DeLeon
1 year ago

Awesome game by the defense and offense. Few mistakes but who cares

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief
1 year ago

What an incredible team win. This team was dogs on the road in back to back weeks and won close games fairly strong. Never really felt panicked during this game except for the interception near the goal line. Just felt like those boys had it. What an incredible thing to happen.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero
1 year ago

“Super Bowl or Bust” I said.

“I’ve got my popcorn ready” I said.

Looks like the Super bowl. Brady was masterful all day today. Great job by the entire team.

Wow. Just wow.

Go Bucs!

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

you said all that as an afterthought of how we wouldn’t get here all along the way. You also said we shouldn’t have brought in Brady. You also said the Aint’s would beat us. You also said the Packers would beat us. You have been a backhanded naysayer all season long. You pride yourself on your picks but you can’t take credit for anything this year. You’ve fought the Bucs success tooth and nail and its sad. Are you finally ready to just enjoy this year as a Bucs Fan? Or are you gonna give us 2 weeks of how… Read more »

BigSombrero
BigSombrero
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

I said the Bucs would beat the Saints. I put it in predictions article. I had faith that the defense would be huge and especially White. I said the Bucs would rush for 150 yards and RoJo would be game MVP.

I was pretty darn close to calling it to a “T”.

This week, not so much.

I watched in awe of Brady dropping dimes all day.

Donkey_Hunter
Donkey_Hunter
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Surprised you even showed up here after absolutely embarrassing yourself last week.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero
Reply to  Donkey_Hunter
1 year ago

That’s what being drunk AF will do. No scotch this week!

Brady was near perfect, regardless of his interceptions. If I can live with them from Winston, I should be able to live with them from Brady as long as the deep shots are there.

I’m most amped/proud of the defense. Those guys have been wrecking game plans. Total team victories.

Donkey_Hunter
Donkey_Hunter
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

At least you admit it. I’ll give you that. All season long, you’ve pissed and moaned about Brady…and have been wrong every step of the way.

Perhaps instead of bragging about overindulgence on cheap scotch, try eating some more crow.

It’s better for you.

Donkey_Hunter
Donkey_Hunter
1 year ago

The GOAT taking the Bucs to the SB.

Sure has a nice “ring” to it.

MikeJ813
MikeJ813
1 year ago

My PR family we did it!🙌🏾🙌🏾 Juiced AF right now wooooo

TBChucky
TBChucky
1 year ago

Hell yeah!! Super stoked and proud! Welcome back Vita!! You’ve been missed! Hopefully the NFL will let us shoot our cannons, as it is OUR home game!! GO BUCS!! SUPER BOWL!!

MichaelR
MichaelR
1 year ago

We keep falling further and further down the draft!?

ScottC543
ScottC543
1 year ago

Infreakingcredible, Bucs fans!

pinkstob
pinkstob
1 year ago

Whew, I was finally able to open this page and log on to make a comment! Every time I tried yesterday the page was down or it wouldn’t let me log on. I wonder why :-) ? The amount of traffic to this website causing certain pages to crash says it all in terms of the unanimous positive reaction to the Bucs making it to the Super Bowl at home. AT HOME!!! :-) The Bucs have gone on the road all through the playoffs to get there which makes it an even more impressive feat. I see no reason why… Read more »