For the 14th time in his illustrious NFL career, Tom Brady scored one away victory over the Super Bowl.
Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers advanced to the NFC Championship match on Sunday With a 30-20 victory Above the Saints in New Orleans. They await a marquee match with Aaron Rodgers and top-ranked Green Bay Packers next Sunday at Lampo Field.
The winner of that game will move to Super Bowl LV, where they will face either Presidents of Kansas City Or the Buffalo bills. (We should note that the Super Bowl will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.)
Brady spoke to reporters after Sunday’s win, and offered some early thoughts about his imminent confrontation with Rodgers.
“I’m really proud of our team and of everything we’ve put in to get to this point,” the 43-year-old midfielder said in a video conference after the match. “There are only four teams left. We are one of them. It’s hard to get to this point, so we need a great week of training.”
“We have one of the best teams in the (next) league, obviously at Green Bay. They are the top seeders, and Aaron plays amazingly. They have great defense, so it’s going to be a great game.”
The Pirates have not lost since late November, and have scored six straight wins after losing five of the first 12 games. They won the defense on Sunday, forcing four Saints (including three Drew Press interceptions) to give them a field position favorable to the intermittent attack.
The Tampa Bay landings came all three on drives that began at the New Orleans 40, 20, and 3-yard lines.
Brady, who signed for Buck in the last off-season after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, has completed 18 passes from 33 passes over 199 yards and two touchdowns with no turns in the division round. He also scored a quick relegation late in QB offside of all but won.
“I’m very proud of everyone – the whole organization,” Brady said. “Our coaches put a lot of work and effort into getting us to this stage and preparing us every day. You just did a great job. The guys are really meeting. It’s a really unique team. We have a great fit and we enjoy training and we worked hard to get to that point, just like the three remaining teams.”
“It’s difficult to get to this point – nothing is foolproof from that point forward – but we have to go up there and we will have to do our best to beat one of the best teams in the league.”
Brady Rodgers will be one of the most pressing quarterback matches in tournament history. Rodgers will likely win the NFL MVP Tribute after turning into his best stats campaign at the age of 37, but the Packers were blown up by Brady and Bucks earlier in the season, losing 38-10 in Tampa in Week 6.
Green Bay reached its second consecutive NFC title by dispatching the Los Angeles Rams 32-18 on Saturday.
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