TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Rise and shine Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans! The football faithful headed to Raymond James Stadium this morning for a drive-thru event to collect shirts, towels, flags, and other swag to get them fired up for the team’s playoff push.
From 5am until 10am, hundreds of cars came out to support the team and get a glimpse of mascot Captain Fear, and the cheerleading squad. If the droves of support are any indication of what players can expect to see in the stands on Sunday, it’s going to be a packed house.
Coach Bruce Arians said earlier this week, he wants to see everyone in red, and not one ounce of Philadelphia Eagles green. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the game could be one of the most expensive tickets for a Wildcard round in league history with average prices currently hovering around $350.
Last year, the Buccaneers road to the Super Bowl went through Washington, New Orleans, and Green Bay before ending on home soil. It wasn’t the second time in franchise history, the team hoisted the Lombardi trophy, and was an NFL team to both host and win the championship in the same season. If the Buccaneers (13-4) defeat the Eagles (9-8) on Sunday at 1:00 the road to the Super Bowl will continue to go through Tampa.
They look to join the New England Patriots (XXXVIII and XXXIX), Denver Broncos (XXXII and XXXIII), Dallas Cowboys (XXVII and XXVIII), San Francisco 49ers (XXIII and XXIV), Pittsburgh Steelers (won twice: IX and X; XIII and XIV), Miami Dolphins (VII and VIII), and Green Bay Packers (Super Bowls I and II) as teams who have won back to back Super Bowls.