For the first time in NFL history , the Buccaneers become the first NFL team to secure a home-stadium Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay upset the Green Bay Packers 31-26 at Lambeau Field in a game where the Buccaneers never trailed but gambled with their lead when Brady threw an uncharacteristic three interceptions on three consecutive drives in the second half.
The Bucs offense started hot with five straight third-down conversions including a 15-yard touchdown from Brady to receiver Mike Evans as he jammed Packers cornerback Kevin King in the left corner of the end zone.
Brady finished 20 of 36 for 280 yards, three picks and three touchdowns.
This will be Tom Brady’s 10th Super Bowl apperance in 20 seasons and The Buccaneers first appearance in the Super Bowl since 2003.
As for the Packers , they had 58 yards in nine plays but curiously settled for a field goal with 2:09 to play, 8 yards from the end zone. The decision cut Tampa’s lead to 5 points but also eliminated a chance for a touchdown on what would turn out to be the Packers’ last snap.
Green Bay did not overcome the 18-point third-quarter deficit.
Rodgers finished 33-of-48 for 346 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in losing for the fourth time in a championship game. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, with 115 yards and a touchdown,
The Bucs will face the winner of Buffalo-Kansas City in Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7 — at home.
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