NFL Championship Weekend Review | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com
History was made in one conference title game during this past NFL championship weekend as a team will become the first to play the Super Bowl on their own home field.
Tampa Bay 31, Green Bay 26: The two veteran quarterbacks in this game each had good and bad moments in the first half of this game, with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers each mounting long touchdown drives and clicking on big plays to set up points. When the defenses were able to get off the field on third down, they won; and when they didn’t, points often went up on the scoreboard. The Bucs put the only points on the board in the first quarter with an opening drive touchdown, with the Packers matching that score early in the second quarter to tie the game. A late interception thrown by Rodgers gave Tampa Bay one last first half possession, with Brady finding Scott Miller on a 39-yard touchdown with one second left on the clock to extent their lead 21-10 at the half.
The bad day continued for Rogers and the Green Bay offense to start the second half when a catch/fumble was lost by running back Aaron Jones, leading to another touchdown on Tampa Bay’s first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, increasing their lead to 18 points. The tide quickly turned back in the favor of the Lambeau faithful as Rodgers lead a quick touchdown drive to make up for the turnover, and then the Green Bay defense intercepted Tom Brady for the first time on the road since Week One, resulting in another Packers TD, with a missed two-point conversion leaving the score 28-23 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, each team’s defense held firm, with a field goal by Tampa Bay with less than five minutes left on the close extending their lead to eight, with Green Bay passing up a fourth and goal from eight-yard line to kick a field goal of their own, returning the game to a five-point margin. The decision to settle for the three points rather than go for the tie is bound to lead to many questions and likely little debate as Packers head coach Matt LaFleur took the ball out of his Hall of Fame quarterback with a chance to set up a game tying two-point conversation, and the choice ending up leaving Aaron Rodgers on the sideline as the clock reached zero, sending the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl and the Green Bay Packers home for the season.
Kansas City 38, Buffalo 24: The Bills did was road teams are supposed to during the NFL Playoffs, they came out strong and took early control of this game. They took their opening possession and drove down the field before settling for a field goal; and on their second possession, they finished the job they didn’t the first time around, posting the game’s first touchdown. Buffalo’s only mishap was a missed extra point, leaving the score 9-0 less than nine minutes into the first quarter. Kansas City appeared to agree that the two scores they spotted Buffalo was enough, and went to work on their next possession, which carried into the second quarter and ended with a Patrick Mahomes touchdown pass to change the scoreboard once again. The hosts would continue their domination of the game over the next two possession, reach the red zone each time, and each time adding seven points to take and extend their lead to 21-9 with just over four minutes left in the half. A late second quarter field goal cut the Bills deficit to 21-12 and the teams headed to halftime. The kick created a lot of social media conversation as Buffalo imitated Green Bay by turning down a fourth-and-goal play from the two-yard line and settling for three points, prompting CBS’s Tony Romo to say the Bills were not likely to win the AFC Championship by kicking field goals.
The third quarter continued to see Kansas City dominate in the Buffalo red zone and increase their lead. First, they took the opening possession of the half and kicked a field goal, which was matched by the Bills; and then, thanks to a long catch/run by Tyreek Hill, KC scored their fourth red zone TD of the game to extend their lead to 31-15 heading into the fourth quarter. A rare interception by Josh Allen was turned into another touchdown by Patrick Mahomes midway into the final quarter of Buffalo’s season, helping the fans at Arrowhead Stadium realize that their team was heading back to the Super Bowl for the second straight season. After adding another touchdown, the Bills bookended the game by scoring the last nine points on the night after posting the first nine as well. In between, Patrick Mahomes and his Kansas City teammate secured the win, setting up a matchup of the last two quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay on February 7th.
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