The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, but the other 15 teams in Tom Brady's new conference are already planning how to beat the Bucs in 2021. Gregg Rosenthal highlights one key item that each non-Bucs NFC club must achieve to get to Super Bowl LVI.
Rosenthal notes that while it would be easy for some of these teams to simply aim for a division title and avoid the issue, most of them want more than that. So which teams can defeat the Bucs?
Chicago, New York Giants, Philadelphia, and Washington all have strong cases for why they should be considered contenders.
Chicago has the best record in the NFC at 12-2, but its victory came over the 9-3 San Francisco 49ers. Chicago will want to avoid another slow start like last year's when it trailed the Bucs 3-0 after the first quarter.
New York has won six games in a row and is led by quarterback Dwayne Haskins who recently replaced an injured Josh Allen. The Giants do not have the highest-scoring offense in the NFL (30th), but they do have the second-best defense (fourth). That means they should be able to keep opponents under 20 points every week and make life difficult for Brady.
Philadelphia has won five straight games including victories over Seattle and Dallas during Thanksgiving Week.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs punched their Super Bowl LV tickets on Sunday. The Buccaneers defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, while the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC Championship and advanced to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row by defeating the Buffalo Bills. This is the first time that two different franchises have repeated as Super Bowl champions.
Both the Buccaneers and the Chiefs feature powerful offenses that score plenty of points. In fact, both teams rank among the top 10 in total offense each season. The difference is that the Bucs' offense is more balanced between passing and running, while the Chiefs' attack is dominated by the arm of quarterback Patrick Mahomes II. He completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,854 yards and 39 touchdowns against just 12 interceptions this season. Wide receiver Kareem Hunt also holds many Super Bowl LV records to be broken this week. The only problem for the Chiefs is that they will be playing in their third consecutive Super Bowl and the excitement is starting to wear off. Running back Jamaal Charles is not expected to play due to an ankle injury, so it'll be interesting to see if that affects the outcome of the game.
There's no doubt that both the Bucs and the Chiefs are worthy candidates to win the Super Bowl. It's just a matter of who will come out on top this year.
The Super Bowl will be played in a team's home stadium for the first time in NFL history. The Buccaneers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV in Tampa. Tampa Bay became the first team in a decade to win three road games en route to the Super Bowl this season. They defeated Jacksonville, New England and Pittsburgh on their travels.
Kansas City won its second straight title with a 34-32 victory over New York in Week 17. The Patriots were vying for their third straight championship but fell short at Houston's "Jurassic Park." For the first time since 2014, there are no teams from the East Division left in the postseason. The Bucs finished with 12 victories and play in their fifth Super Bowl in the last six years. It's also just the fourth time that four different teams have been ranked 1st through 5th in the playoff seedings. This year's slate of postseason participants: Steelers, Ravens, Saints, Chiefs, Buccaneers.
The Super Bowl will be held on February 3rd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay Florida. The game will be broadcast live on CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling the action.
Raymond James Stadium is a football stadium in Tampa, Florida. It is the current home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was built in 2003. The stadium is part of the Port Tampa Bay development project.