By Jack Kelly ‘21

It’s the week after the conference championship games, and it feels like the movie Groundhog Day. Tom Brady is headed to the Super Bowl for the tenth time in his 21 year career.

Though there aren’t many Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans roaming the halls on 99th and Pulaski, I do know quite a few Bears fans. And by that fact, I know there were a lot of Crusaders rooting for Brady as he took on Chicago Bears’ enemy Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

It was a great game by all accounts. With 57 total points scored and 680 yards of total offense from both teams, even the most casual fan could have appreciated the matchup. It was one for the ages as two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time duked it out, but Brady reigned supreme as the Buccaneers won by a score of 31-26.

Senior Kevin Lynch said, “I honestly thought the Packers were going to run away with the game. I was shocked to see the Buccaneers win.”

Senior Joe McIntyre said, “I believe the Packers could have won if they didn’t have so many drops and fumbles.”

They are not alone in criticizing the Packers gameplay. After head coach Matt LaFleur kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter with only a few minutes remaining on the clock while down eight points, many took to social media to either vent their frustrations or express their confusion over the coach’s decision. To many Packer fans’ dismay, Aaron Rodgers was one of them. In his post-game press conference, Aaron revealed that it was not his choice to kick the field goal on that play, which has led many to speculate on whether or not Aaron has played his last game in Green Bay. Only time will tell, but it is starting to show signs of being an interesting offseason storyline as the 2020-2021 NFL season comes to a close.

Senior Sean Deane said, “I was really expecting a better performance from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, but the Buccaneers defense was on an elite level that day. This is another example of why you should never rule out a Tom Brady led team in a playoff game.”

Brady is accustomed to being bet against. As a sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Michigan, he has scratched and clawed for every accolade he has gotten in the NFL. Yet after ten Super Bowl appearances and six rings, people continue to doubt. You will undoubtedly see the same people find a way to criticize his greatness in the next two weeks as he prepares to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa on Feb. 7, 2020.