In doing so, Matt LaFleur’s boys ensured that their star quarterback will feature in his first home NFC Championship Game this Sunday.
Which one of these two will have the last laugh? Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and NFC Championship Game predictions.
Matt LaFleur’s Green Bay outfit is arguably the most efficient offensive team in the NFL this season. The Packers ended the season at the summit of the NFC North with a 14-3 record.
Of those 3 losses, one came at the hands of the Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium. Aaron Rodgers will have that loss at the back of his mind when he steps onto the Frozen Tundra.
The all-encompassing QB is leading the race for the NFL MVP after another stunning display against the Rams. His wideout corps. featuring Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, and Marquez-Valdes Scantling, and RBs Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, and Jamal Williams are also expected to play a small role in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
But the major emphasis will lie on the Packers’ defense, who will need to be at their absolute best to stop Tom Brady’s band of speedsters.
The Buccaneers were handed a major setback when it was revealed that WR Antonio Brown was ruled out for this weekend’s conference title clash. Brady will miss the experience that Brown brings to the fore as far as playing in crucial games is concerned.
However, the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scott Miller, Tyler Johnson, Rob Gronkowski, and Cameron Brate, are more than capable of stepping in and causing all sorts of problems for the Green Bay defense.
Tom Brady is hungry for another Championship ring and will not hold back when these two teams meet this weekend.
Buccaneers’ Ndamukong Suh is going to go right after his nemesis, Aaron Rodgers, right from kick-off. This is going to be a treat to watch for all neutral NFL fans.
DL Kingsley Keke – Concussion
CB Kevin King – Back
WR Antonio Brown – Knee
S Antoine Winfield Jr. – Ankle
The Packers will be playing their first home NFC Championship Game with Rodgers as their starter. He has previously stated that this is something he hoped would happen before he decided to call time on his career.
Well, as fate would have it, Rodgers’ has gotten exactly what he wished for. We expect him to go all-out and put on one hell of a show for the 6,500-odd home fans on Sunday. Bruce Arians knows it, Tom Brady knows it, and Bucs defense knows it.
The only way that Tampa create history and become the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl on home soil is if they outsmart Rodgers. Either way, this is one game you cannot afford to miss!