Bucs fans: our team is one win away from playing in the Super Bowl. One more win.
The only thing standing in the way is a victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. Of course, that means a trip to frigid Lambeau Field. But it can be done.
On Sunday, the Bucs knocked off the Saints in the divisional round, 30-20. This is the same New Orleans team that humiliated the Bucs on national TV in week 9. But the same unit that got shredded in that game – the secondary – was the difference in Sunday’s victory. Tampa Bay forced four turnovers, and the offense turned those miscues into 21 points. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, played turnover-free football, and ran the ball effectively. The offensive line also turned in another solid performance.
This will be Tom Brady’s 14th trip to a conference championship game, and his first in a pewter uniform. This will be the Bucs’ fourth appearance in the NFC title game. The last time was in January of 2003, when they shut down Veterans Stadium in Philly by beating the Eagles. They would go on to beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl.
Never before has a “Battle of the Bays” meant so much. Tampa Bay beat Green Bay handily during the regular season, but the Saints also did that to the Bucs. Brady and a few others are used to playing in the cold, so I expect them to be ready. Buckle up: this ride isn’t over just yet.
Photo courtesy: @jwhite_333 (Jordan Whitehead’s twitter)