After a big win over the division rival Saints, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have their biggest game of the year ahead of them. They are set to face the Green Bay Packers again to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. For the last game against the Saints, it was exactly what I expected it to be. It is nearly impossible to beat a team three times in the same season, so when the Saints swept them in the regular season, that was a blessing in disguise.
This game was also the last time we will see Drew Brees throw a football professionally. He should have arguably retired two or three years ago, but after their season ending on either the Minnesota Miracle or a missed defensive pass interference it was hard for him to go away like that. Drew was the worst quarterback on his team this year, and there were three QBs worth noting on the roster. Taysom Hill was a gadget guy who could throw and run, and Jameis was the listed backup until Brees got hurt. This season was very weird for Saints fans I’m sure, and as always they had the utmost confidence in them to win the big game this year.
The Bucs were able to run the ball very well against New Orleans, and control the clock to keep the Saints off the field. When the Saints were on the field, Drew Brees was throwing it to the Bucs. He finished the game with three interceptions and one touchdown. Jameis Winston had the biggest play of the game for the Saints with his touchdown throw on a trick play. The Super Bowl level defense of the Bucs I have been talking about showed up to play. Antoine Winfield Jr with his strip of Jared Cook after dropping an interception was a momentum changing play. That was the turning point in the game and the Saints never were able to recover.
This postseason has potential to be a swirl of rematches for the Bucs. The Washington Football Team is the only team that they have not played this season. If they make the Super Bowl, they will also more than likely be in a rematch with the Chiefs. Playing teams multiple times can be both good and bad, depending on your outcome of the first game. The Packers got beat 38-10 the first time around, so they will have nothing to lose and this may be bad news for the Bucs. However, the Bucs know what they have to do to secure a victory over the number one team in the NFC.
The only difference of this game and the last one will be the Lambeau Field element. It will be a snowy cold day in Green Bay, compared to the nice weather that they played in when they met week six in Tampa Bay. I do think it will be an advantage for Tampa Bay actually, because they have shown the ability to run the ball and they will be able to do it in the cold as well.
Also, we cannot ignore the headline of Rodgers vs Brady for the NFC Championship. This is the first time in which these guys have faced off in the playoffs and the back and forth will be exceptional. The fans who hope to see a shootout in Lambeau between two of the greatest QBs ever, may be in for a treat. Even with a snowstorm, Playoff Lenny, Ronald Jones Jr, and Aaron Jones on the other side, this will be a pass heavy game the entire time. Green Bay knows they must use Davante Adams to their benefit and try to take advantage of the younger DBs, and we know Bruce Arians will allow Tom to throw it as many times as he would like in this weather. Lets get ready for the greatest game of all time!