This is a preview of the 2021 NFC Championship game of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday Jan. 24, at 3:05 p.m on FOX.
Come Sunday afternoon Lambeau Field will be hosting the NFC Championship game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be facing off against the Green Bay Packers. In the NFC Divisional Round, the Packers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 32-18, and the Bucs defeated the New Orleans Saints 30-20; setting up a clash of two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game– Aaron Rodgers versus Tom Brady. These two teams played against each other in Week 6 with the Buccaneers coming out victorious by a score of 38-10. The Buccaneers’ defense caused Rodgers to throw two interceptions and have one of his least stellar performances of the season.
Why will the Packers win:
With Aaron Rodgers continuing his MVP campaign throughout the playoffs, the Packers are only one game away from making it to another Super Bowl. Against the Rams, Rodgers was 23/36, passing for 296 yards and three total touchdowns. The Packers’ offense has been putting on a clinic all season and their offense is ranked Top 5 in the league. Along with their aerial attack, the running game managed to put up 188 yards against the number one defense last week. The Packers’ offense will only be able to go as far Rodgers can take them.
Why will the Buccaneers win:
The performance of six-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady, will be crucial this week going against the Packers’ defense. Brady putting the Buccaneers on his back will be the only way they head back to Tampa to host the Super Bowl. Brady and his offensive weapons finally seem to have hit their stride as of late. With the offense being balanced, Brady will be able to have opportunities with open field to throw to his wide receivers due to eight-man box fronts.
X Factor for the Packers:
Running backs Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, and AJ Dillion will have to have a better showing then they had back in Week 6. The group combined for just 94 yards on 21 carries. Expect Rodgers to check down to his running backs allowing them to have open space and create positive plays. But the running backs need to capitalize when the Bucs are not blitzing or playing multiple defenders close to the line of scrimmage.
X Factor for the Buccaneers
Devin White had a superb stat line against the Saints with 11 total tackles, one for lost, one interception, and a fumble recovery. The Buccaneers’ defensive captain was all over the field. He will need to have another outstanding performance for his defense to out-match the Packers’ offense. The captain must decide when he will blitz the quarterback or drop back in coverage. These decisions will truly be a back and forth chess match.