Who will win The NFC Championship? Sections of this page. Accessibility Help. Press alt + / to open this menu. Email or Phone: Password: Forgot account? See more of Homegrown Marketing on Facebook. Create New Account. See more of Homegrown Marketing on Facebook. San Francisco 49ers (+500) Depending on which sports betting site you are looking at, the San Francisco 49ers are either the slight favorite or a co-favorite to win the NFC Championship this year. The 49ers are also considered one of the most complete teams in the NFL.
Both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers will be quick to tell you that what happened between them in Week 6, a 38-10 blowout win for the Bucs, will have little to do with what happens in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
The Packers will point out that the embarrassing loss was an anomaly they’ve since corrected, while the Bucs will assert that they’re not expecting another cakewalk against Aaron Rodgers and company this time around.
It’s true that these teams are both plenty different from their October versions. It’s true that this game is happening in Wisconsin, in January, instead of in Florida, in October.
But when comparing what has changed with what has remained on both sides of this matchup, it’s hard to ignore how much this matchup still favors Tampa Bay, and certainly far more than the one the Bucs just overcame in New Orleans last week.
Yes, the Rodgers and the Packers are hot. But they were hot heading into that Week 6 game, too. They were brought back to earth by a masterful performance from Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and his unit, as well as a balanced Tampa Bay offense that made big plays through the air and on the ground, while not turning the ball over.
The Bucs won’t have the element of surprise this time around, for sure. Rodgers and company will know better than to underestimate them, and he’ll be better prepared for what Bowles and his defense will throw at him. But Bowles has excelled this season at in-game adjustments, including the ones he made back in October that turned a 10-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter into a 38-10 win. Don’t be surprised if Bowles has some new tricks up his sleeve that Rodgers didn’t see in Week 6.
The biggest surprise of the week was the return of Vita Vea, arguably the best nose tackle in the NFL, from what was originally thought to be a season-ending leg injury suffered in Week 5. Tampa Bay’s already strong run defense will get Vea’s massive presence added to their midst, which will make life even tougher for Green Bay’s ground attack. The Packers have a stellar stable of backs, but the Bucs have proven that even the most talented runners have trouble finding room to work against them, especially with Vea in the lineup.
On the other side of the ball, Tampa Bay’s offense is light years ahead of where they were in October, when new faces were still trying to gel and build chemistry and comfort with a new team and a new system. Tom Brady has his unit firing on all cylinders, and even with Antonio Brown in the lineup, the Bucs have tons of weapons to whom he can distribute the ball on any given play. Tampa Bay’s ground game has been effective in recent weeks, the play-action game is working well, and Brady is doing what Brady has always done in the playoffs.
Who Will Win The Nfc Championship 2020
It’s a cliché at this point, but turnovers are the key to winning in the NFL. The Bucs have turned the ball over just once since Week 12, and they haven’t lost since then, either. In that Week 6 win over the Packers, they won the turnover battle 2-0. In last week’s upset win against the Saints, they won it 4-0.
There are plenty of reasons to pick the Packers to win this game. They’ll want revenge for getting embarrassed back in October. Rodgers will make sure he’s as prepared as possible for what Bowles will throw at him, and his experience will serve him well in that. Green Bay has some talented playmakers on both sides of the ball. It will be cold, possibly snowy, and Lambeau Field will have at least some faithful supporters in the stands cheering on their beloved Packers.
But the Bucs are playing their best football of the year in all three phases of the game (including kicker Ryan Succop, who has gone 7-for-7 on field goals in Tampa Bay’s two playoff games this year), and they’re coming off their most confidence-boosting win of the season. They were physical and dominant on defense last week against the Saints, just as they were against Rodgers and the Packers in Week 6.
They also have Tom Brady, the one quarterback every team, coach, player and fan would want to have on their team in the playoffs, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
The Bucs hoped they were good enough to finally beat the Saints last week, and they were.
77w. They know they’re good enough to beat the Packers.
And that’s exactly what they’ll do.
It won’t be a blowout this time around, but a matchup for the ages between two future first-ballot Hall of Famer quarterbacks will come down to who takes care of the football, and who plays better defense. Both of those columns favor the Bucs, and that’s why they’ll become the first team to ever play for a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Prediction: Bucs 30, Packers 24
The Chicago Bears were ousted from the postseason back in the wild-card round, but Sunday felt like a win for Bears fans as the Green Bay Packers were dealt another NFC Championship loss, this one a 31-26 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That leaves quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a 1-4 record in NFC Championship games, which includes back-to-back NFC title losses in as many years.
While there’s no denying that Rodgers is a Hall-of-Fame talent — even Bears fans will acknowledge that — he also hasn’t been able to win the big postseason games for as many times as he’s been there.
In five appearances, Rodgers has as many NFC Championship wins as former beleaguered Bears quarterback Rex Grossman. Let that sink in.
With Sunday’s loss to the Bucs, Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose four straight NFC Championship Games. His lone NFC title win came against the Bears back in 2010 — where he bested the likes of Jay Cutler, Todd Collins and Caleb Hanie in a 21-14 win. The Packers would go on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
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Following Sunday’s loss, Rodgers sounded uncertain about what his future holds beyond this year. While Rodgers is signed through 2023, there has been speculation that he and Green Bay could part ways. The Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round with the intention being for him to succeed Rodgers.