Jan. 24 (UPI) — Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 31-26 win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
With the Bucs’ victory over the top-seeded Packers, the 43-year-old Brady advances to the Super Bowl for the 10th time in his NFL career. Tampa Bay will play the winner of Sunday night’s AFC Championship Game — either the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs or the Buffalo Bills — on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Super Bowl LV.
The Buccaneers will become the first team in league history to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium, and Brady will be the oldest player at any position to play in the NFL’s championship game.
Brady completed 20 of 36 passes for 280 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Leonard Fournette had the fourth touchdown for the Buccaneers, who hadn’t been to the playoffs in 13 years or won a playoff game in nearly two decades entering this postseason.
The Buccaneers’ defense sacked Rodgers five times and forced two turnovers. Defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting intercepted Rodgers in the second quarter, and safety Jordan Whitehead forced a fumble that was picked up by linebacker Devin White.
Rodgers was 33 of 48 passing for 346 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had four catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, while Davante Adams recorded nine receptions for 67 yards and a score.