Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defeat Green Bay Packers
Tom Brady has officially won his 10th Championship game and will make yet another appearance in the Super Bowl, only this time, with a brand-new team.
Brady had thrown for 280 yards and three touchdowns but a whopping three interceptions throughout the course of the game.
They also weren’t able to get much of a rushing attack going either, totalling 24 carries for 76 yards and one touchdown. But their defence was able to come up big for them as they were able to kill the Packers momentum multiple times after big turnovers.
Aaron Rodgers was still his usual self with 346 passing yards and three touchdowns, but he threw an early and uncharacteristic interception in the first half.
They were also very limited in their run game after starting back Aaron Jones left the game with a chest injury early on.
The Buccaneers picked up a 28-10 lead early in the second half of the ball game, but the Packers never gave up, slowly creeping their way back into it until the score was 31-23.
They had the ball at the goal line with just over two minutes left but were stopped three straight plays.
Head coach Matt LaFleur ended up kicking a field goal to bring the score to 31-26 in the hopes that his defence could pick up a huge stop and get one more crack at it but that never transpired.
The Buccaneers picked up a first down and kneeled the clock out, sending them to the Super Bowl while the Packers lose yet another Championship game.
Also, the Super Bowl will be held in Tampa Bay, meaning this is the first time that a team has been able to make it to the Super Bowl while it was being played in their stadium. It also happens to be the first time the Buccaneers have made the big game since their sole Super Bowl win back in 2002.
Kansas City Chiefs Roll Past Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills were able to end the first quarter with a 9-0 lead, but that didn’t last long at all.
The Chiefs outscored Buffalo 21-3 in the second quarter and took a 21-12 lead at the half.
Things just got worse throughout the rest of the game as the Chiefs walked away with a 38-24 victory over Josh Allen and this tough Bills team.
Allen threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns but threw his first career postseason interception on a throw that wasn’t even his fault, it bounced off a receiver’s hands and returned the other direction for about thirty yards.
He was also getting it done on the ground, taking off seven times and picking up 88 yards.
That was more than their running back group had combined as they had nine carries for 32 yards.
Flipping sides and looking at the Chiefs, they got tremendous production once more from Patrick Mahomes after going through the week with doubts that he would be able to suit up given his neck injury from the Divisional Round game.
Mahomes threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns without an interception while their running back group took 25 carries and ripped off 114 yards and two touchdowns with Clyde Edwards Helaire back into the lineup.
It is also worth mentioning that Tyreek Hill had nine catches for 172 yards while Travis Kelce had 13 receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
This duo continues to be unstoppable and it will be interesting to see how the Buccaneers handle it when the Chiefs march into town.
Kansas City has now appeared in the AFC Championship for three straight seasons with this one marking their second victory. They now hope to pick up back-to-back Super Bowl wins in Tampa Bay, while the Bills hope to fix some issues and run it back next season.