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Brady makes history, will play in 10th Super Bowl after Bucs beat Packers

/ by Nick Goss
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It doesn't matter which team employs Tom Brady, the man just wins NFL games.

The 43-year-old quarterback made nine Super Bowl appearances in 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. Brady will soon play in his 10th -- a fitting end to the six-time champion's first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He helped lead the Bucs to a 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers in Sunday afternoon's NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Brady completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 280 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Buccaneers will play in their first Super Bowl since 2002, when they defeated the Raiders for the franchise's first title.

The Bucs also will be the first team in league history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. Super Bowl LV will be hosted by Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

Sunday's matchup couldn't have started off better for Brady and the Bucs. Tampa Bay went into halftime with a 21-10 lead thanks to a 39-yard strike from Brady to wide receiver Scotty Miller in the final seconds of the second quarter.

Tampa Bay's defense stepped up to open the third quarter by recovering a fumble on Green Bay's first possession of the second half. A few players later, Brady threw his third touchdown pass of the game to tight end Cameron Brate to put the Buccaneers up 28-10.

The Packers responded well to the adversity and clawed their way back into the game. Interceptions on three consecutive drives aided Green Bay's comeback attempt.

 

The first was made by Adrian Amos.

Jaire Alexander picked off Brady early in the fourth quarter, giving the Packers a chance to take their first lead of the game.

Brady threw his third interception -- second when targeting wide receiver Mike Evans -- on Tampa Bay's next drive. Alexander tallied his second interception.

Sunday marked the fourth time in 44 career playoff games that Brady had been intercepted three or more times. 

The Packers were unable to capitalize on these turnovers. They failed to move the ball after Brady's second and third interceptions. 

Brady got the ball back with 8:10 remaining in the fourth quarter after another Bucs defensive stop, and he proceeded to march his team down the field. He hit tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 29-yard gain that moved the Buccaneers into Packers territory. It was Gronkowski's first catch of the day.

Bucs kicker Ryan Succop hit a 46-yard field goal to complete the drive and increase Tampa Bay's lead to 31-23 with 4:42 left.

The Packers went down the field and into the red zone on their final possession of the game, but instead of trying to score a touchdown on a fourth-down play at the 5-yard line, Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur decided to kick a field goal instead.

The Buccaneers secured the win with a couple first downs on the ensuing drive that ran out the clock.