The Tampa Bay Buccaneers The game was held on February 7, 2021, in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the Buccaneers' home stadium, marking the first time a club played a Super Bowl in its own stadium. It was also the first time any NFL team had played a Super Bowl in their own stadium.
Tampa Bay defeated New England 24-14 in the championship game. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was 28 of 42 for 397 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions while running back Peyton Barber ran for 76 yards and a touchdown. Wide receivers Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries both caught 10 passes for 136 yards and a score between them. Defensively, Devin White recorded two sacks and an interception while Jason Pierre-Paul had one sack and one forced fumble. Cornerback Brent Grimes had nine tackles including one for a loss. Safety Justin Evans contributed seven stops including one for a loss of yardage.
This marks the second time the Bucs have appeared in a Super Bowl; they lost to New York Giants 23-20 in Super Bowl XIX. This will be the third time the NFC has sent two teams to the big game. The Los Angeles Rams went 0-3 during these playoffs appearances in 2016 and 2017 while the Saints were knocked out by Dallas in 2018.
AFC Championship Game - Kansas City Chiefs 30-27 over Miami Dolphins
With a 48-21 triumph, the Buccaneers won their first Super Bowl. Coming off back-to-back 11-5 seasons and making their third playoff appearance in four years, Tampa Bay was favored by many over New England. But it was Tom Brady vs. Dirk Nowitzki in one of the most anticipated matchups in sports history.
The game was played on February 2, 2026, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. It was officially named the NFL Championship Game the day before, when both teams participated in a ceremonial pregame skate followed by an open practice on Schobel Drive in downtown Tampa. The championship was determined based on current league standings at the end of the regular season. The Patriots entered as hot favorites, having won nine of their last 10 games to claim their fourth consecutive title. However, the Buccaneers were considered contenders due to their strong offense led by quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Doug Martin as well as their defense that ranked second overall during the regular season. In addition, Tampa Bay had never lost a Super Bowl game before this occasion.
Super Bowl LIV was the first ever NFL title game to be held in Florida.
In Super Bowl 55, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will square off, and as with other NFL games, one club will be designated "home," while the other will be labeled "away." This year, though, the Buccaneers will be the first team to play in a Super Bowl at their home stadium. The Chiefs will be making their third trip to Miami as part of the Super Bowl.
Since the Super Bowl was created in 1971, the host city has had the right to name its game ball if they so choose. If Kansas City names its own game ball, it would be called the Chief's Ball. If Tampa names its own game ball, it would be called the Bucs' Ball.
Here are the rules that govern the Super Bowl champion's ability to rename their football: If any portion of the game remains after the end of the second quarter or any subsequent period, the title holder can ask that the trophy be brought out for them to honor by putting its name on it. If this happens, the Chiefs or Buccaneers (depending on who wins the preceding round) will get to keep the trophy until the next season's Super Bowl.
The only team to have their game ball permanently renamed is the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Before the start of the 1973 season, the AFL and NFL agreed to merge their league champions into one super team. The new NFL/AFL merger team was known as the Miami Dolphins.
The 2021 NFC Championship Game has been etched in stone. The Green Bay Packers will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game, with the winner advancing to Super Bowl 55. The conference championship game will be held at Lambeau Field on Sunday, January 24. It will be the first postseason game for both teams.
The Packers won the first NFL title game played after the 1958 NFL merger, defeating the Hindu Yankees 34-14 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. They've appeared in the championship game five more times since then, winning three titles: 1965, 1986, and 2015. Their most recent loss came to Dallas in the 2011 season opener. The Cowboys went on to win their second straight title that year.
Tampa Bay has never won an NFL title but did make it to the Super Bowl during the 2000 season. There they faced off against New York Giants quarterback Peyton Manning and his record-breaking 57th touchdown pass. The Bucs lost that game 23-10 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
Both teams are coming off playoff appearances last year. Green Bay finished the 2020 season with a 9-7 record before losing to Chicago 26-20 in Week 17. Tampa Bay ended its season with a 5-11 mark after dropping all four games in December. The two teams will meet again on January 24 at Lambeau Field.