'Truly amazing': Tom Brady set to claim historic Superbowl feat

Australian Associated Press
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Tom Brady steered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into their first ever Superbowl with a thrilling win over the Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Tom Brady steered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into their first ever Superbowl with a thrilling win over the Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading to Super Bowl LV after a thrilling 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers.

The Bucs become the first team in American football history to play the NFL decider on their home field.

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"We're coming home," Bucs coach Bruce Arians said.

"We're coming home to win."

Brady owns six Super Bowl rings with New England and now heads to his 10th NFL championship game with his new team. With help from a stifling pass rush led by Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul combining for five sacks, Brady and the Bucs beat top-seeded Green Bay for the NFC title on Sunday.

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.

"It's great to get another road win, and now we got a home game," said Brady, who went 20-of-36 for 280 yards with three touchdowns.

"We played sporadically a little bit, but the defence came up huge. We're going to need it again in a couple weeks. I know it's a big game coming up.

"Who'd ever thought a home Super Bowl for us? But we did it."

After winning his way through to a record 10th Superbowl, fans and former teammates of Brady flocked to social media to acknowledge the huge achievement.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers frustrated by loss

They were helped by a strange decision by Packers coach Matt LaFleur with just over two minutes remaining and down by eight points.

On fourth-and-goal, he elected to kick a field goal. Tampa Bay then ran out the clock on the Packers (14-4).

"I didn't have a decision on that one," Packers' All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers said before pausing.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was disappointed after their loss to Tampa Bay, denying them a place in the Superbowl. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was disappointed after their loss to Tampa Bay, denying them a place in the Superbowl. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

"That wasn't my decision, but I understand the thinking, above two minutes with all of our timeouts, but it wasn't my decision."

Rodgers went 33 of 48 for 346 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, but fell to 1-4 in conference championship games as a starting quarterback.

The Bucs will face either the Kansas City Chiefs or Buffalo Bills at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on February 7.

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