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Buccaneers at Packers: TV schedule, NFC Championship notes, and staff picks

Score predictions and game info from the NFL’s NFC Championship game capsule.

Green Bay Packers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Broadcast Info

TV: FOX/FOX Deportes (3:05 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Tom Rinaldi (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin SIRIUS: 82 (TB), 83 (GB) | XM: 226 (TB), 225 (GB), 88 (National)

Buccaneers Notes

• BUCCANEERS advanced to 4th Conf. Championship game in franchise history. Aims for 1st SB appearance since 2002 season (won SB XXXVII).

• TAMPA BAY had one player selected to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: LB JASON PIERRE PAUL.

• BUCCANEERS OFFENSE ranked 3rd in points per game (30.8) & allowed 4th-fewest sacks (22) in 2020.

• TAMPA BAY DEFENSE allowed fewest rush yards per game (80.6) & ranked tied-4th in sacks (48).

• QB TOM BRADY is postseason all-time leader in starts (43), completions (1,065), pass yards (11,968), pass TDs (77) & Super Bowl titles (6). Ranked tied-2nd in pass TDs (franchise-record 40) & 3rd in pass yards (4,633) in 2020 & became 5th QB in NFL history with 2+ seasons (2) of 40+ TD passes. Totaled 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs in NFC-D at NO. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.3 rating in 2 career starts at GB.

• RB RONALD JONES set career-highs in scrimmage yards (1,143), rush yards (978) & rush TDs (7) in 2020. Rushed for 113 yards & 2 TDs in Week 6 meeting. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 525 scrimmage yards (105. per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career playoff games. Had 107 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 44 rec.) & rec. TD in NFC-D at NO.

• WR MIKE EVANS ranked 4th in NFL in rec. TDs (13) this season. Had 1,006 rec. yards in 2020 & is 1st player in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 7 seasons. Had rec. TD in NFC-D at NO. WR CHRIS GODWIN has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5, incl. playoffs. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his 8 road games in 2020, incl. playoffs. WR ANTONIO BROWN had 10 catches for 169 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. GB (11/26/17 w/ Pit.). TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had rec. TD in Week 6 meeting. Has 12 career postseason rec. TDs, tied-2nd most in NFL history.

• LB LAVONTE DAVID had 8 tackles & 1.5 sacks in Week 6 meeting. Has 24 FFs since 2013, tied 2nd-most in NFL. LB DEVIN WHITE had 11 tackles, INT & FR in NFC-D at NO. Had sack in last meeting. Was 1st player since 2000 with 140+ tackles (140) & 9+ sacks (9). LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 5 TFL & 6 PD in 6 career postseason games. Had 1.5 sacks & FF in last meeting. CB JAMEL DEAN had 32-yard INT-TD in Week 6 meeting.

Packers Notes

• PACKERS advanced to 2nd consecutive Conf. Championship game. Aims for 1st SB appearance since 2010 season (won SB XLV).

• GREEN BAY had 7 players selected to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: WR DAVANTE ADAMS, CB JAIRE ALEXANDER, T DAVID BAKHTIARI, G ELGTON JENKINS, RB AARON JONES, QB AARON RODGERS & LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH.

• PACKERS OFFENSE led NFL in points per game (31.8) & ranked 2nd in 3rd down efficiency (49.4 percent).

• QB AARON RODGERS led NFL with 48 TD passes, tied-5th most in single season in NFL history & became 1st QB with 3 seasons of 40+ TD passes. Led NFL with 121.5 rating, 2nd-highest singleseason mark in league annals, & became 1st QB with 14 games of 100+ rating in single season in NFL history. Has 16 TDs (15 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 106.9 rating in 7 career home postseason starts. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 consecutive postseason starts, tied-longest streak in NFL history.

• RB AARON JONES has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career playoff games & aims for his 4th in row in postseason with TD. Ranked 7th in NFL with 1,459 scrmimage yards (career-high 1,104 rush, 355 rec.) & had 11 TDs (9 rush, 2 rec.) in 2020. Has 28 TDs (25 rush, 3 rec.) in 28 career home games, incl. playoffs. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards, incl. playoffs.

• WR DAVANTE ADAMS led NFL with 18 rec. TDs in 2020, tied-3rd most in single season in NFL history. Tied-2nd in receptions (115) & tied-5th in rec. yards (1,374) this season & became 4th WR in NFL history (HOFers CRIS CARTER, RANDY MOSS & JERRY RICE) with 110+ receptions & 15+ rec. TDs in single season. Has 5 rec. TDs in 4 career postseason home games & aims for his 5th in row at home in playoffs with TD catch. WR ALLEN LAZARD led team with 96 rec. yards & TD catch in NFC-D vs. LAR. TE ROBERT TONYAN had career-high 11 rec. TDs, tied-most among TEs in 2020. Has rec. TD in 6 of his past 8.

• LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH ranked tied-4th in NFL with 12.5 sacks & tied-3rd with career-high 4 FFs in 2020. Had sack in NFC-D vs. LAR. DL KENNY CLARK had 1.5 sacks in NFC-D vs. LAR. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 postseason games. S DARNELL SAVAGE has 9 PD & 4 INTs in his past 6 at home.

Regular Season Series History

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 32-22-1

STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 10/18/20: Packers 10 at Buccaneers 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/3/17: Packers 26, Buccaneers 20 (OT)

Playoff Series History

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 1-0

STREAKS: Packers won only meeting

LAST GAME: 1/4/98: Buccaneers 7 at Packers 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/4/98

NFC Championship Staff Picks

Latest line: Packers by 3, Over/Under 51

Gil (13-5): Bucs, 29-24

James (13-5): Bucs, 31-28

Evan (16-2): Bucs, 33-31

David (12-6): Bucs, 38-31

Bailey (13-5): Bucs, 35-30

Jason (13-5): Packers, 35-31