It’s not the Super Bowl, but the NFC Championship Game is still a big enough stage to make the world stop and watch the colossal matchup between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Which quarterback will lead his team to Super Bowl 55? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Green Bay Packers? Check out our preview and prediction for this game below.
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Green Bay Packers NFC Conference Championship January 24, 2021
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay
When: Sunday, January 24, 2021, 3:05 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3.5)
Regular Season Record: 11-5
Tom Brady is old and he’s going to the Conference Championship again. Brady led the Buccaneers to a 30-20 win on the road over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions on 18-of-33 completions. It wasn’t a sparkling performance, but it was enough for the Bucs to take care of business which was what they expected when they agreed to a two-year deal with the future Hall of Famer. In the NFC title game, Brady will look to dominate the Packers’ defense again. He had 166 passing yards and two touchdowns without an interception on 17-of-27 completions in the Bucs’ 38-10 home win over Green Bay back in Week 6. Ronald Jones also came up big in that game, as he had 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Jones and Leonard Fournette will take turns in trying to break through Green Bay’s run defense that allowed 5.1 yards per carry to the Los Angeles Rams last week. After intercepting Drew Brees three times, the Bucs’ own stop unit is hoping to contain Aaron Rodgers – again. Rodgers got sacked four times and intercepted twice in the loss to the Buccaneers.
The Bucs are 3-1 against the spread in their last four games overall.
Betting on the Green Bay Packers (-3.5)
Regular Season Record: 13-3
Aaron Rodgers will play in his career’s first conference title game this coming Sunday after the Packers took down the Los Angeles Rams last Saturday at home, 32-18. The Packers have the luxury of not having to travel for the Bucs game, thanks to their finishing as the top seed in the NFC. Rodgers passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-36 completions against the Rams. The hyped-up matchup between wide receiver Davante Adams and cornerback Jalen Ramsey turned out to be a lopsided one in favor of the former. Adams had 66 receiving yards and a touchdown on nine receptions and 10 targets. There’s no better cornerback that Adams would face going forward in the playoffs, and the fact that he won over Ramsey suggests that he’s likely going to eat again downfield against the Packers, especially if Rodgers plays a whole lot better versus Tampa Bay this time around. Adams had 61 receiving yards on six catches and 10 targets in the loss to the Buccaneers. Speaking of defense, Green Bay’s defense has been impressive over the past several games. The Packers have not allowed more than 20 points in any of their games since Week 12.
The Packers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games at home.
The Packers win, 29-26.
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