NFL Game Previews: Conference Championship Matchups

NFL Game Previews: Conference Championship Matchups

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

Tampa Bay (+3.5) at Green Bay, o/u 51.5 – Sunday, 3:05 p.m. EST

The official theme song of this tilt is Two Gunslingers by Tom Petty. The 43-year-old Tom Brady is very clearly on a mission to not only appear in his 10th Super Bowl, he's trying to make the Bucs the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. For a guy who's already done basically everything, doing something nobody else has done before is more than enough motivation. His nine SB berths are mirrored by the nine consecutive games in which he's tossed multiple TDs, a stretch during which he has a 24:5 TD:INT and 8.4 YPA, but his receiving corps isn't in great shape. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown were on the injured list this week, and while the first two should suit up, AB won't. The bigger question is whether the secondary can step up. The Bucs have held up against a noodle-armed Drew Brees and an inexperienced Taylor Heinicke in the playoffs, but the last time they faced a better QB, Matt Ryan lit them up for 621 yards and a 5:0 TD:INT in Weeks 15 and 17 combined — and Ryan is no Aaron Rodgers. Over his last nine games, the 37-year-old has posted a 26:3 TD:INT and 8.3 YPA while completing an absurd 73.0 percent of his passes, and Rodgers just got done picking apart a Rams defense that was a whole lot better on the

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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