GREEN BAY, Wis. — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to set the Bucs up with a 28-10 lead early in the second half, but the Bucs are going to the Super Bowl on their home field because their defense stepped up and stopped the Packers in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 31-26 win at Lambeau Field.

Brady struggled uncharacteristically in the second half, throwing interceptions on three straight possessions, after throwing just one during a six-game win streak entering Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers converted the first one for a touchdown to pull within five points of Tampa Bay, but the Bucs kept them out of the end zone the rest of the night.

“They played incredible,” Brady said of his defense, which forced two turnovers and came up with a key red-zone stop in the final three minutes. “I thought the defense was spectacular, and they’ve been that way all year. They have a great front, great…





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