The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will attempt to win the franchise’s first Super Bowl since the 2002 season. However, they have one monstrous task in front of them when they attempt to take down the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs on February 7 in Super Bowl LV.
Much like they did during the ’02 playoffs, the Buccaneers won a road game in the NFC Championship to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay upset Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 31-26 in a game that featured a controversial finish involving Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur opting to not go for it with just over two minutes to go and a disputed pass interference call in the game’s closing stages.
Nonetheless, Tampa Bay becomes the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. Also, they are the first wild card team to reach the Super Bowl since the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, who eventually won it all.
Kansas City didn’t need to get their hands as dirty in the conference championship game nightcap. The Chiefs spotted the Buffalo Bills the game’s first nine points before dismantling them 38-24 in the AFC Championship Game. Patrick Mahomes, who battled through a concussion last week and a turf toe, threw for 325
When the Chiefs and Buccaneers meet in two weeks, it’ll be a rematch of a Week 12 game where Kansas City won 27-24. While Kansas City had to make plays late in the fourth quarter to seal a win, they jumped out to a 17-0 lead that proved to be insurmountable.
This will mark the first time the Chiefs will see Brady in the postseason since the 2018 AFC Championship Game when Brady’s Patriots topped Mahomes and company 37-31 in overtime.
The Chiefs have been installed as a three-point favorite with an over/under set at 56.5 points.
Kickoff will take place at 6:40 p.m. ET on CBS.
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