The Bucs (14-5) earned their franchise-record eighth consecutive road victory to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since their 2002 championship season.
Bruce Arians was asked to put into words what Tom Brady has meant to the Tampa Bay franchise.
“This trophy,’’ Arians, the Bucs head coach, said after the Buccaneers’ 31-26 win over the Packers. “The belief he gave everybody in this organization that this could be done. It only took one man.’’
Green Bay trailed 31-23 and had first-and-goal from the 8 in the last few minutes. But after Aaron Rodgers threw three straight incompletions, the Packers settled for Mason Crosby’s 26-yard field goal with 2:05 left.
The Packers had three timeouts left and but their defense was unable to force a punt. Once the Bucs regained possession they drained the rest of the clock and securing a victory as the NFC Champions.
The Buccaneers will now be the first team ever to host and play in the Super Bowl, and all of that is due to the addition of Tom Brady. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers deserves this chance more than anyone.