Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Green Bay Packers 31-26, advance to Super Bowl in home stadium

Super Bowl attendance limited to 22K, including 7.5K vaccinated health care workers

10:05 p.m. update:

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills Sunday evening 38 to 24 and will head to Tampa to face the Tampa Bay Bucs in the Super Bowl.

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Original report:

(AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers 31-26 in NFC championship game on Sunday.

The win means the Bucs will advance to the Super Bowl, being held in Tampa this year.

This will be the first time an NFL team will be in their home stadium for a Super Bowl.

Brady owns six Super Bowl rings with New England and now heads to his 10th NFL championship game with his new team. With help from a stifling pass rush led by Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul combining for five sacks, and a curious late call by the Packers, Brady and the Bucs beat top-seeded Green Bay 31-26 for the NFC title Sunday.

The Bucs (14-5) earned their franchise-record eighth consecutive road victory to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since their 2002 championship season.

They were helped by a strange decision by Packers coach Matt LaFleur with just over two minutes remaining and down by five points. On fourth-and-goal, he elected to kick a field goal. Tampa Bay then ran out the clock on the Packers (14-4).

The Bucs (14-5) will face either the Kansas City Chiefs or Buffalo Bills at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7.