Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers

8:05Ppm GMT Sunday – Sky Sports and NFL Gamepass

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What more can you ask for? Two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, an opportunity for revenge, and a battle of wills between a two time Lombardi winning coach and the former QB of the Omaha Beef.

There are few words to offer justice to the playoffs record of now Buccs QB Tom Brady. 77 touchdowns, just shy of 12,000 passing yards, 9 – yes – 9 Conference Championship wins in 13 previous contests and six rings.

Reaching the NFC Championship makes Brady only the fourth QB to play in both the AFC and NFC deciders, joining Craig Morton (Cowboys and Broncos), Jay Schroeder (Washington and Raiders), and the immortal Joe Montana (49ers and Chiefs).

Facing Brady and the Buccaneers, and trying to prevent the first team in NFL history from reaching a Super Bowl at their home stadium, will be the Green Bay Packers and the man who arguably should have more than one more ring, Mr Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers has one ring from 2010, having lost three of four NFC Championships (2014, 2016 and 2019), a record that prevents talks from Aaron being the goat. Rodgers is 12-8 in the playoffs, a respectable record, but not one that represents what he should have achieved if the Packers had a better defense over the last decade.

So, what are some of the storylines to look out for going into this unique NFC Championship, the first of the two championship games taking place on Sunday?

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No quarterback has ever reached 10 Super Bowls, and even typing this seems bizarre.

You have a living legend going up against a signal caller who debatably should have more than one ring, in a game that could see the first team to play a Super Bowl at home, in front of 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers and a giant pirate ship.

Get your popcorn, nachos, craft beer (ginger if you don’t drink) and your favourite pizza ready.

It’s going to be something special.

Writer’s Pick – Lawrence Vos (@F10YRetro)

The battle of the Bays, between two teams that deserve to be where they are. Mega star WRs Davante Adams and Mike Evans will want to leave a legacy. Neither has been in a Super Bowl, Adams missing out last season in the same place. The Buccs are back in the NFC Championship for the first time since 2002. This is their fourth Conference title game. In their two previous losses they managed a total of six points. This will not be anywhere near the case on Sunday. Brady, if you include a game where Rodgers played against him (but did not start) is 3-1 in the battle of the stud QBs.

Without a rabid fanbase in Green Bay I may be called barking mad but I’m taking the underdog in this game. The Buccaneers, many experts prediction to win it all (not mine), have a coach in Bruce Arians who has two rings from his time in Pittsburgh, and a QB who has so many rings he has had to buy an extension to his right hand. Brady is the GOAT for a reason. Sorry Packers fans, another bunch of flowers for you.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 – 24 Green Bay Packers

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