'Truly amazing': Tom Brady set to claim historic Superbowl feat
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.
Truly Amazing mane. TB12
— Shaq Mason (@ShaqDiesel_70) January 24, 2021
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) January 24, 2021
Congrats to @TomBrady and @RobGronkowski we see you.
— Lawrence Guy (@thatLGUY) January 24, 2021
The man switched teams and still going to the super bowl 🐐
— Malcolm CB Butler (@Mac_BZ) January 24, 2021
Change conferences and go through Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers on the way to the Super Bowl. Go finish it TB!
— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) January 24, 2021
Told he was too old.
Told he was a product of Bill Belichick.
Told he was stupid for leaving New England.
Tom Brady is now playing in his 10th Super Bowl & the 1st QB to do so in his team’s home stadium.
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) January 24, 2021
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.
"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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