Off The Bench
Hi! I am Leroy Triggs III from Raceland, LA. I previously covered high school football in South Louisiana for Varsity Sports Now and the Houma Courier. I also interned at the CBS affiliate WABF-TV in Baton Rouge, LA. I enjoy going to the gym, doing anything involving sports, playing games, and spending time with friends. I am now the lead sports contributor for NWN and author of “Off The Bench”.
Many people did not think Tom Brady could do any more to improve his legacy and now we can see how he was able to. Brady is on his way to his tenth Super Bowl and is making even more history by being part of the first team to host a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Brady’s Bucs have come up big in moments throughout the playoffs in their last two wins. The defense stepped up against the Saints when Antione Winfield Jr. forced a fumble that ultimately allowed Tampa to go up by 10 late in the third quarter. The offense did the same in the NFC Championship game when Brady threw a touchdown pass to Scotty Miller at the end of the first half that pushed their lead to 10.
From that moment on, the Buccaneers had control of the game and the body language of the Packers players expressed that the game was almost out of reach. They showed some fight, but Tampa Bay never let up and their defense stepped up again. They made sure Rodgers was uncomfortable the entire game and played a factor in the choice to kick a field goal on a late-game drive. Rodgers was pressured all through the game and sacked five times. LaFleur’s decision to kick the field goal should be viewed as a decision to protect Rodgers because his offensive line could not do that the entire game.
Green Bay uncharacteristically had two turnovers, which resulted in 14 points for the Buccaneers. LaFleur believed in his defense and took his chances, “We, in essence, had four timeouts with the two-minute warning, and we took our chances” LaFleur said in the press conference after the game. Rodgers made it clear that he wanted to go for it, he said in the press conference “I thought we were going to have four chances to get in but that’s not my decision.”
Many were wondering if Rodgers would want out of Green Bay, though he quickly shut down that notion by stating “I don’t think there’s any reason why I won’t be back.” The Packers GM, Mark Murphy, also said on the 5th Quarter radio in Green Bay; “There’s no way in heck,” when he was asked about bringing Rodgers back as the team’s starting quarterback.
On the other side, the Chiefs showed they are in a class of their own. Patrick Mahomes was great as we expected, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill each had 100-yard receiving games in-wake-of the 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs tend to make history with every victory and the AFC Championship game was not any different. Kelce set the record for most receptions in a championship game (13). Kelce and Hill’s performances made them the first teammates to have 100 receiving yard games in the postseason. Of course, Mahomes resume continues to be stellar even though it is short. Mahomes becomes the first quarterback to go to two Super Bowls in his first three seasons as the starter.
Usually, you try to figure out what the other team could have done to win, but when the game is against the Chiefs, there is not much you can look into. The Bills had a glorious run and showed how much having a No.1 receiver means to a young quarterback. Stephon Diggs did not have his usual 100-yard day and Kansas City’s defense forced Josh Allen to beat them as a thrower and a runner. It did not work out for them in this game but we will surely see the Buffalo Bills rival the Chiefs for years to come.