Opinion: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ bold NFC championship game play call big reason why they are in Super Bowl LV

The call might be remembered as one of the biggest and boldest in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It also is a key reason the Buccaneers defeated the Green Bay Packers, 31-26, Sunday in the NFC championship game and are headed for Super Bowl LV.

With only six seconds left on the clock as the first half came to a close, the Bucs had the ball at the Green Bay Packers’ 39-yard-line with a 14-10 lead. Acting conservatively, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians sent the punt team onto the field.

Well, not so fast.

The Bucs called a timeout, as Arians reconsidered. Back onto the field trotted Tom Brady and the rest of the offense. No punting team would be needed.

A very wise decision, indeed.

On the next play — after the officials had put two more seconds on the clock, for the record — Brady connected with Scotty Miller on a 39-yard touchdown pass.

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Instead of safely punting to the Packers, the Bucs took a 21-10 lead and set themselves up for history when they prevailed.

The Bucs will be playing in the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2002 season and it will mark the first time a team will play in the Super Bowl at its own home field, Raymond James Stadium, on Feb. 7.

Before the start of the second half, FOX Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews said she asked Arians about the play and the coach suggested Brady deserved credit for the play.

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