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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Beat Green Bay Packers 31-26 in Historic NFC Championship Win

GREEN BAY, Wis. (FNN SPORTS) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-26, to advance to the Super Bowl for the second time in team history, nineteen years apart from the 2002 Buccaneers.

 

One for the History Books

Tampa Bay will become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium, and the Buccaneers are the first No. 5 seed in NFL history to defeat a No. 1 seed in a conference championship game.

In his NFL record 14th conference championship game, QB Tom Brady went 20-of-36 for 280 yards and three touchdowns.

 

MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player                                                              TD

1.            Tom Brady                                                    7

2.             Brad Johnson                                                5

3.            Doug Williams                                                2

4t.           Trent Dilfer                                                    1

4t.           Jeff Garcia                                                     1

4t.           Shaun King                                                    1

 

MOST PLAYOFF PASSING TOUCHDOWNS – NFL HISTORY

Rank         Player                                                              TD

1.             Tom Brady                                                    81

2.            Joe Montana                                                  45

3.            Brett Favre                                                     44

4.            Aaron Rodgers                                               45

5.            Peyton Manning                                             40

Brady became the first player in Tampa Bay’s postseason history with three-or-more touchdown passes in a single game. His 11 career three-touchdown performances in the playoffs are the most in NFL history.

MOST GAMES WITH 3+ PASSING TOUCHDOWNS – NFL POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank         Player                                                              TD

1.             Tom Brady                                                    11

2.            Joe Montana                                                  9

3.            Aaron Rodgers                                               8

4t.           Brett Favre                                                     6

4t.           Peyton Manning                                             6

 

WR Chris Godwin led the team with five receptions for 110 yards – the second-most in a playoff game in team history.

 

MOST SINGLE GAME RECEIVING YARDS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank        Player (Opp, Date)                                           Yards

1.            Mike Evans (at WAS, 1/9/21)                           119

2.            Chris Godwin (at GB, 1/24/21)                       110

3.             Keyshawn Johnson (at PHI, 12/31/00)              106

4.            Jimmie Giles (at DAL, 1/2/92)                          98

5.            Keyshawn Johnson (vs. SF, 1/12/03)               85

 

On the game’s opening drive, WR Mike Evans hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brady to tally his second-career playoff receiving touchdown, tying Keenan McCardell for the most postseason receiving touchdowns in franchise history. He also became the first receiver in team history to record a playoff receiving touchdown in consecutive games.

MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player                                                              TD

1t.            Mike Evans                                                   2

1t.           Keenan McCardell                                          2

3.            Many Players Tied                                          1

 

RB Leonard Fournette accumulated 74 scrimmage yards in the game, rushing 12 times for 55 yards and a touchdown, while making five receptions for 19 yards.

MOST TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player                                                              TD

1.            Mike Alstott                                                   7

2.            Leonard Fournette                                        3

3t.           Mike Evans                                                   2

3t.           Ricky Bell                                                       2

3t.           Keenan McCardell                                          2

3t.           Dwight Smith                                                  2

 

MOST CAREER POSTSEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player                                                              Yards

1.             Mike Alstott                                                   502

2.            Warrick Dunn                                                 387

3.            Keyshawn Johnson                                        375

4.            Michael Pittman                                             342

5.            Leonard Fournette                                        313

 

MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN A SINGLE POSTSEASON – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player                                                              Yards

1.             Leonard Fournette (2020)                              313

2.            Michael Pittman (2002)                                   245

3.            Chris Godwin (2020)                                      229

4.            Ricky Bell (1979)                                             213

5.            Joe Jurevicius (2002)                                      197

 

WR Scotty Miller hauled in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Brady with one second remaining in the first half to secure his first-career playoff touchdown.

Following a takeaway on the first possession of the second half by the defense, Brady found TE Cameron Brate for an eight-yard touchdown, the first of Brate’s postseason career.

With just 34 seconds remaining in the first half, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting picked off Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, leading to Tampa Bay’s last-second touchdown to Miller. Murphy-Bunting joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Aeneas Williams (four-consecutive games) and Ed Reed as well as Jason Sehorn as the only four players in the Super Bowl era with an interception in each of their first three career postseason games. His three postseason interceptions are tied for the most in team history.

MOST INTERCEPTIONS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player                                                              INT

1t.           Sean Murphy-Bunting                                   3

1t.             Donnie Abraham                                            3

1t.           Dexter Jackson                                              3

1t.           Dwight Smith                                                  3

5t.           Rondé Barber                                                 2

5t.           Derrick Brooks                                               2

5t.           Brian Kelly                                                     2

Murphy-Bunting is the first player in the NFL to record an interception in at least three-consecutive postseason games since Kam Chancellor (1/19/14-1/10/15) and the first to do so in a single postseason since R.W. McQuarters in 2007.

S Jordan Whitehead recorded a pair of forced fumbles in the game, recording the first two of his postseason career.

The Buccaneers defense leads all playoff teams with its seven takeaways and 41 points off takeaways.

OLB Shaquil Barrett brought down Rodgers three times in the game, joining Warren Sapp (1/4/98 at GB) as the only players in team history with 3.0-or-more sacks in a playoff game.

MOST SINGLE GAME SACKS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player (Opp, Date)                                         Sacks

1t.           Shaquil Barrett (at GB, 1/24/21)                     3.0

1t.           Warren Sapp (at GB, 1/4/98)                           3.0
3t.           Jason Pierre-Paul (at GB, 1/24/21)                2.0

3t.           Simeon Rice (vs. OAK, 1/26/03)                      2.0

3t.           Simeon Rice (at PHI, 1/12/02)                         2.0

3t.           Steve White (vs. WAS, 1/15/00)                       2.0

On the other side of the defensive front, OLB Jason Pierre-Paul collected 2.0 sacks of his own, marking the first multi-sack performance of his postseason career. He joined Barrett, Simeon Rice (twice), Warren Sapp, Lee Roy Selmon and Steve White as the only players in team history with multiple sacks in a postseason game.

Today’s game marked the first playoff game in which multiple Buccaneers players recorded at least 2.0 sacks in the same game.

The duo of Barrett and Pierre-Paul combined for all of the team’s 5.0 sacks in the game. The 5.0 sacks on Sunday matched the Buccaneers’ postseason record for a single game.

MOST SINGLE GAME NET YARDS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Opponent, Date                                                Sacks

1t.           at GB, 1/24/21                                                5.0

1t.           vs. OAK, 1/26/03                                            5.0

1t.           at DAL, 1/9/83                                                5.0

4t.           vs. SF, 1/12/03                                               4.0

4t.           at GB, 1/4/98                                                  4.0

 

LB Devin White led the team with 15 tackles – the most tackles in a playoff game in team history. He also added a fumble recovery for the second-consecutive game, picking up one of the fumbles forced by Whitehead.

 

MOST SINGLE GAME TACKLES – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player (Opp, Date)                                         Tackles

1.            Devin White (at GB, 1/24/21)                         15

2t.           Devin White (at NO, 1/17/21)                           11

2t.           Derrick Brooks (vs. NYG, 1/6/08)                     11

2t.           Jermaine Phillips (vs. NYG, 1/6/08)                  11

2t.           Shelton Quarles (vs. WAS, 1/7/06)                   11

2t.           Jamie Duncan (at PHI, 12/31/00)                     11

K Ryan Succop made a 46-yard field goal on his only field goal attempt of the game, while converting all four extra point attempts. Succop is now 12-of-12 in his postseason career. His eight field goals made for Tampa Bay in the postseason are the second-most in franchise playoff history.

 

MOST FIELD GOALS MADE – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player                                                            FGM

1.             Martin Gramatica                                            11

2.            Ryan Succop                                                8

3.            Michael Husted                                              2

4t.           Matt Bryant                                                    1

4t.           Bill Capece                                                     1

4t.           Neil O’Donoghue                                            1

 

MOST SINGLE GAME KICKOFF RETURN YARDS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Player (Opp, Date)                                         KR Yards

1.            Jaydon Mickens (at GB, 1/24/21)                   121

2.            James Owens (at DAL, 1/9/83)                        110

3t.           Michael Spurlock (vs. NYG, 1/6/08)                 106

3t.           Isaac Hagins (vs. LAR, 1/6/80)                        106

5.            Michael Pittman (vs. WAS, 1/7/06)                   96

 

MOST SINGLE GAME POINTS SCORED – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Opponent, Date                                              Points

1.             vs. OAK, 1/26/03                                            48

2t.           at GB, 1/24/21                                                31

2t.           at WAS, 1/9/21                                               31

2t.           vs. SF, 1/12/03                                               31

5.            at NO, 1/17/21                                                30

 

MOST SINGLE GAME NET YARDS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY

Rank       Opponent, Date                                                Yards

1.            at WAS, 1/9/21                                               507

2.             vs. OAK, 1/26/03                                            365

3.            at GB, 1/24/21                                                351

4.            vs. SF, 1/12/03                                               329

5.            vs. PHI, 12/29/79                                            318

 

“I couldn’t be happier for our players – they put in so much work – and our coaching staff has done such a great job,” gushed Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians postgame. “Ownership gave us everything that we’ve needed and I just couldn’t be any more elated for these guys and the job they put in. We had both backup safeties in there just playing their [butts] off. It was a great team win.”

Brady told the press postgame:

“It’s been a great journey thus far. We put the work in and a lot of guys just embraced everything that [happened] when B.A. (Bruce Arians) got here last year. There were a lot of great things that were happening and a lot of great, young players. I just made the decision [to come to Tampa Bay]. I love coming to work every day with this group of guys and worked really hard to get to this point. It’s a tough game – we’ve had a few tough games in a row and the next game will be really tough, too. We know what we’re playing for and we’ve got two weeks to prepare. It’s going to be a great opponent. It will be a really exciting couple of weeks for us.”

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. Stats provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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