Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers will be the focus of attention when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers square off in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon.
This will be only the fourth meeting between future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterbacks, and it will be the first time they face each other. The Buccaneers defeated Green Bay 38-10 in a meeting held in Tampa on 18 October. The other two times they met, Brady was still the quarterback for the New England Patriots.
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In 2014, the Packers won 26–21 over New England at Lambo Field, and four years later, the Patriots rolled to a 31–17 victory at Foxboro.
“I remember when I heard news of him coming to the NFC, I felt it was a real possibility,” Rodgers said. “I am excited about the opportunity to play against him once.”
Brady and the Bucs are rolling. Tampa Bay is currently on a seven-game winning streak in the road game, a franchise record. If the Buccaneers take down the Packers on Sunday, they will be the first team in NFL history to host the Super Bowl at their home stadium.
The last time Tampa Bay made the Super Bowl, John Gruden was the team’s head coach, and was one of the best bastions in league history, including Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch.
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With a win on Sunday, Brady would lead two different franchises to a Super Bowl appearance as the only QB to pair with quarterback Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning, and Craig Morton.
“It’s one of the best stadiums to play in the league,” Brady said of Lambo Field. “I know they are excited, we will be excited, and it will make for a great football game.”
Green Bay, on the other hand, will play in their fifth NFC Championship game with the Roaders at center. The last time the Packers came back to the Super Bowl in 2010 was when Green Bay defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game.
Everyone will be tuning in to watch two of the biggest QBs in NFL history on Sunday afternoon, and Warner, a Hall of Famer and current NFL Network analyst, believes it should be a matchup for the ages.
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“When I played, I always knew who was on the other side,” said Warner. “I always said when I went to these matchups, at the end of the day, I know if we’re going to win this game, I’ve been able to do better than the guy. I have to be better than the quarterback. Second. And.”
Brady and Rodgers will definitely be eyeing each other on Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.