The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first game ever in the Louisiana Superdome. If they could do the same in the first of them Postseason Ever in this place, they will be in the NFC Championship Game 2020.
After opening the 2020 qualifying round with a victory over the Washington soccer team in the Wild Card Tour Saturday night, the Pirates are now directing their ship to New Orleans, where they will face off against the rival NFC Saints team in the tournament’s divisional round. Qualifiers. That destination was decided on Sunday afternoon when the New Orleans beat the visiting Chicago Bears, 9-21.
The two teams will play next Sunday, January 17th, at 6:40 PM ET on FOX.
The Saints and Pirates, who finished first and second in the South with a score of 12-4 and 11-5, respectively, will meet for the third time this season. Saints won both competitions, including a 34-23 decision at Superdome in Week One. New Orleans also beat Raymond James Stadium in Week 9, with a score of 38-3 on Sunday Night Football.
The Buccaneers’ first victory in New Orleans doubled as the franchise’s first win, late in the expansion team’s second season on December 11, 1977. Obviously, another victory over the next weekend won’t be the franchise’s first post-season win, but it will propel them to their first championship game. NFC since 2002. Pirates and Saints will meet in qualifying for the first time.
The other NFC game in the Divisions Tour will place the Los Angeles Rams into the Green Bay Packers. The Rams, the sixth seeded Wild Card team, defeated their rivals the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 20-30 on Saturday afternoon. The Packers received the only first round from the conference as the number one seed.
The Saints gave the Pirates two of their five losses of the season, which proved to be the difference in the Division’s ranking, as New Orleans won the NFC South title for the fourth year in a row. These two competitions were the only ones that Tampa Bay lost by more than three points throughout the season. Their other three losses – to Chicago, the Rams, and Kansas City – were determined by A. sum Three points.
Buccaneers will take the record 7-2 at Superdome next weekend, including their win in Washington. The Saints are also 7-2 at home this season, including their win over the Bears.
Tampa Bay has won six of its eight matches since losing its ninth week to New Orleans, including the four played on the road. In that period, the pirates scored an average of 34.1 points per game. In the two Saints’ losses, Bucs allowed six of the 21 bags Brady struggled throughout the season, and he also picked the Bucs midfielder five times. Brady threw only seven interceptions in 15 other matches for Tampa Bay, including the Wild Card victory in Washington. The fourth-placed New Orleans defense led a fierce pass that ranked sixth in the league in bags per pass.
The Divisions game in New Orleans is what sets it most apart from the pairing of midfielders Brady and Drew Breeze linked to the Hall of Fame. Brady and Breeze both occupy first and second places, respectively, in NFL history on relegation passes (581 for Brady, 571 for Breeze). Brady has a much bigger post-season lead, as he is the all-time leader with 75 touchdown passes while Breeze is sixth at 34. Of course, Brady is pursuing his seventh Super Bowl title as Breeze tries a second addition.
The Saints won the regular season series against the Pirates, and with it the NFC Southern Crown. However, Tampa Bay now has a third crack in its class rivals, with so much at stake. An eighth victory on the road in 2020 would put the Pirates one step away from returning home for the Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.
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