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.
The top seeded Green Bay Packers take the field. pic.twitter.com/qzKysRG2dM— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) January 24, 2021
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.
Aaron Rodgers won’t be outdone either.— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 24, 2021
Tie ball game. pic.twitter.com/GRXFKnLwAu
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.
A quick score for the #Packers could be the spark the team needed. Pack cuts the deficit to 28-17 with 9:28 to play— Darius Joshua (@DariusJoshuaTV) January 24, 2021
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.