It’s been a little more than 24 hours since the Buccaneers punched their ticket to Super Bowl LV. I admit: it still doesn’t seem real yet. It still hasn’t sunk in.
When Tom Brady came to Tampa during the offseason, we all knew this was the goal. But much impact could a 43-year-old quarterback possibly have on a team that hadn’t even made the playoffs in 13 years?
Well, now we know. An 11-5 record. A wild card berth. Three straight playoff wins on the road against three division champions, including the top-seeded Packers on Sunday. And now, a Super Bowl on their home field against the defending champs, the Chiefs.
The NFC Championship game in Green Bay was, in many ways, a typical 2020 game for the Bucs. They looked outstanding for 30 minutes, then hung on for dear life in the second half. Heck, Brady threw three interceptions on three straight possessions. But the Packers converted those miscued into just six points. And who know what would’ve happened if Green Bay had not decided to kick a field goal with just over two minutes remaining, trailing by eight, with the ball inside the Bucs’ 10-yard line.
But none of that matters now. Our Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be making just their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. We all remember the last one; in 2002, they went to San Diego and blew out the Raiders. Now, they face superstar Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City.
But we’ll dive more into the matchup later on. For now, let’s just cherish the moment. It is no longer a dream; the Bucs are in the Super Bowl.
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