Before this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hadn’t made the playoffs since 2007, and they hadn’t won a playoff game since capturing Super Bowl XXXVII in January 2003.
After last month’s 31-26 defeat of the Green Bay Packers, the NFC’s No. 1 seed, the No. 5-seeded Buccaneers will finally play for the Super Bowl title again.
Tampa Bay’s defense held the Packers and MVP-candidate Aaron Rodgers in check for much of the day, intercepting him once and sacking him five times. Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett recorded three of those sacks, and also finished with two tackles for loss and a team-leading four quarterback hits.
In an on-field interview with FOX after the game, Barrett made sure to give credit to God. “First of all, I just want to thank my Lord and Savior,” Barrett said. “To God be all the glory.”
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