Packers fall to Buccaneers 31-26 in NFC Championship matchup

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58/AP) -- The Green Bay Packers fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-26 during the NFC Championship matchup Sunday, Jan. 22. 

Kickoff was 2:05 p.m. 

Tampa was first to put points on the board, with touchdown throw from QB Tom Brady, 7-0. 

Early in the second quarter, Packers tied it up with a touchdown pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 7-7.

Less than two minutes later in the second, Bucs Leonard Fournette scored a touchdown, 14-7. 

Packers tightened the score with a field goal from kicker Mason Crosby, 14-10. 

With seconds left in the first half, the Buccaneers scored another touchdown leading at halftime, 21-10. 

Third quarter, the Buccaneers started off with a touchdown pass from Brady to C. Brate for 8 yards and an extra porint from Z. Triner, 28-10. 

With less than ten minutes in the second quarter, the Packers passed to tight end R. Tonyan for a touchdown, 28-17. 

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, and a curious late call by the Packers, Brady and the Bucs beat top-seeded Green Bay 31-26 for the NFC title 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.

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