A TALE OF TWO LEGENDS

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Rodgers, Brady face off in NFC Championship game at snowy Lambeau Field battling for berth to Super Bowl LV

NFC Championship Game: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at GREEN BAY PACKERS

Kickoff: Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2:05 p.m.

There’s just no getting around it. The NFC Championship game between the top-seeded Green Bay Packers hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at frigid Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon will be seen as a head-to-head battle between two quarterbacks who have already secured their place in the NFL Hall of Fame.

In the last 25 years, the storied Green Bay Packer franchise has ranked as the most successful football team in the NFL’s National Football Conference. During that span of dominance, the Packers have played in the NFC Championship game eight times. But Green Bay has only advanced to the Super Bowl three times since 1967, winning twice.

Despite his Hall of Fame career and potential-MVP performance in 2020, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has only played in the big game once, winning the Super Bowl in 2010.

On the flip side, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady has played in an NFL-record nine Super Bowls since 2001, winning an unprecedented six times. Sunday afternoon, Brady will attempt to lead the Buccaneers to the pinnacle in his first season under center, making Tampa Bay the first team to ever play on its home field in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.

But make no mistake, winning a trip to Super Bowl LV will dramatically impact the legacies of two of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the game.

The fifth-seed Buccaneers (13-5) will be making their first appearance in the NFC title game since 2002, the same year that the franchise won its one and only Super Bowl. Tampa Bay took care of business by knocking off Washington, 31-23, on the road in the Wildcard Playoffs. Then the Buccaneers shocked the New Orleans Saints, 30-20, in the Divisional Playoffs, possibly ending the career of future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.

Having the advantage of playing at snowy Lambeau Field, Green Bay (14-3) will be riding a seven-game win streak, earning an opening round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The well-rested Packers dismantled the NFC’s top-ranked defense to post a dominating 32-18 victory over the Los Angeles Rams last week to advance to their second straight NFC title game.

With that said, the Buccaneers crushed Green Bay, 38-10, in Tampa Bay in Week 6, pressuring Rodgers into having his worst game of the season by blitzing him a season-high 21 times. But the Packers will feature the No. 1 scoring offense in the league, averaging 31.8 points per game and have only lost at home once this season. Green Bay will be looking for revenge by claiming its first NFC championship since 2011.

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