GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Dream matchups don’t get much better than this: NFC Championship at Lambeau Field. Packers-Buccaneers. Rodgers-Brady.
Fans of NFL football will be watching Sunday afternoon in a much-anticipated showdown of the Bays, which will be televised exclusively in Western Wisconsin by FOX 25/48.
At stake is berth in Super Bowl LV in Tampa on Feb. 7. Will Aaron Rodgers get a chance at his second ring or will Tom Brady vie for his seventh?
While the future hall of fame quarterbacks are garnering the headlines, success for Green Bay may matter most with another Aaron.
Running back Aaron Jones was held to just 15 yards in 10 carries in Week 6, when the Packers bolted out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead and then were blown out in the next 45 minutes as Tampa Bay reeled off 38 unanswered points.
Rodgers threw two interceptions on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter—one a pick-6—as Brady picked apart the Packers defense and the Buccaneers defense blitzed and battered Rodgers. A 14-10 game quickly turned into a rout as Green Bay never recovered.
Tampa Bay’s talented and fast linebacking corps, spearheaded by Devon White and Lavonte David, simply smothered Jones and made the Packers one-dimensional. Rodgers had his worst statistical game of the season, finishing with a 35.4 passer rating and just 16 completions in 35 attempts (45.7%) for 160 yards with no touchdowns.
That’s why establishing the run early in the game at Lambeau Field is so crucial.
The weather forecast is for cold temps in the 20s and 3-5” of snow to fall Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka said football fans should savor this game.
“I tell you what, that’s going to be a great game at Lambeau Field,” Ditka said. “Two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. The Packers at home will be hard to beat. The weather doesn’t mean much when you’re playing in a championship game, but it favors Green Bay a little. I think the Chiefs will win in the AFC and they’ll meet in the Super Bowl.”
NFL Championship Predictions
Four keys to Packers victory. Establish the run with Aaron Jones. Pressure Brady. Protect Rodgers. Win the turnover battle.
Packers 27, Buccaneers 24