Week 6 for the Green Bay Packers will go down as their worst performance of the season. It may also turn out to be one of the best things that happened to them. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers jumped out to a 10-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only to see the Bucs rattle off 38 unanswered points. After the game, Rodgers had a message for first-year Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady.
The Packers were embarrassed in Tampa
After a bye week, the Green Bay Packers rolled into Tampa for a Week 6 meeting with the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers came in with a 4-0 mark, while the Buccaneers entered at 3-2. After the Packers took a 10-0 lead after the opening quarter, it all fell apart for the visitors.
Tom Brady and the Bucs erupted for 38 straight points in a 38-10 win that handed the Packers their first defeat. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions in the game. He’s thrown five all season. The Packers couldn’t stop the Buccaneers’ offense after the first quarter.
“Anytime you get beat 38-10, it’s hard to say it’s not as bad as it looked,” Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said, according to The Green Bay Press-Gazette. “They did a good job. You’ve got to give them credit. They were more prepared to play than our group was. . . . We’ve come a long way at this point, but everything’s just words at this point.”
The Packers and Buccaneers meet again for a Super Bowl berth
Both the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into Sunday’s game on a roll. The Packers have won their last seven games, while the Buccaneers are riding a six-game win streak. Both quarterbacks are putting up some serious numbers. Rodgers led the NFL with 48 touchdown passes and completed a league-high 70.7% of his passes. Brady finished with 40 touchdown passes.
The Buccaneers have eclipsed the 30-point mark in each of their last five games, including playoff wins over the Washington Football Team (31-23) and the New Orleans Saints (30-20). Green Bay put up 32 points in its lone postseason victory when it defeated the Los Angeles Rams 32-18. The Packers have hit the 30-point mark in seven of their last eight games.
Green Bay finished the season with an NFC-best record of 13-3. They earned the conference’s lone by week and will be hosting the Buccaneers, who finished the regular season at 11-5. The Packers enter as a three-point favorite.
Aaron Rodgers had a message for Tom Brady after their Week 6 loss
The Green Bay Packers didn’t play well, nor did Aaron Rodgers, in that 38-10 Packers loss in October. It was a frustrating loss for Green Bay, but Rodgers seemed more confident than discouraged as he met Tom Brady after the game. The two shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.
Rodgers finished by saying, “We’ll see you down the line.” Well, down the line is Sunday and it’s for all the marbles in the NFC. Brady is seeking his seventh Super Bowl title but needs to get through Rodgers and the Packers first.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.