The AFC and NFC Conference Championship game results are now known, and that means we are nearing the end of the 2020-2021 NFL playoffs with Super Bowl LV set to take place on February 7. Let’s take a look at who is playing in the Super Bowl from the NFC and AFC as well as when and where the game will be played.
Who is playing in the Super Bowl in 2021?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium
- Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at 6:30 PM ET
- CBS, ESPN Deportes, and Westwood One Radio
2021 will see the Buccaneers playing in their first Super Bowl since they defeated the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in 2003. They finished the 2020 season with an 11-5 record as the fifth seed in the NFC. They pulled off three results on the road in these playoffs, culminating in their 31-26 victory in the first of the two Conference Championship games.
The 2021 Super Bowl will see the Buccaneers as the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
The Chiefs will return to the Super Bowl in 2021. After winning 14 games in the regular season, the Chiefs beat the Browns and Bills in the AFC playoffs. The Chiefs will go to their second straight Super Bowl, looking to be the first team in 16 years to win back-to-back titles.
What are the 2020-2021 NFL Playoff results from Conference Championship Games?
Who emerged victorious from the Conference Championship games in 2021 and will be representing their conference in the Super Bowl?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Green Bay Packers 26
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers qualified for the Super Bowl in 2021 with a 31-26 victory. In what turned out to be a classic game, the Buccaneers were able to hold on after the Packers mounted a comeback from down 18 in the third quarter.
Tom Brady went 20 of 36 passing for 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. One of those touchdowns was a 39-yard pass to Scotty Miller with one second left on the clock in the second quarter. Chris Godwin was his number one receiver with 110 yards on 5 receptions from 9 targets. Leonard Fournette added 58 yards on 11 carries, including a bruising touchdown run in the second quarter.
After a tough first half, the Packers’ offense came to life down the stretch. Aaron Rodgers went 33 of 48 for 346 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception. He targeted Davante Adams 14 times, completing 9 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a 50-yard touchdown on his way to 115 receiving yards. The Packers’ run game struggled to make an impact with 70 rushing yards on 16 carries.
The biggest moment of the game came on a decision by Matt LaFleur to kick a field goal down eight. The Packers were on the Buccaneers’ eight-yard line with just over two minutes remaining. The decision would prove costly for Green Bay’s hopes of going to the Super Bowl in 2021, as Rodgers and the offense would not see the ball again before time expired.
Kansas City Chiefs 38, Buffalo Bills 24
The Kansas City Chiefs will head to Tampa Bay for the Super Bowl after defeating the Buffalo Bills 38-24. The Bills jumped out to an early lead, but the Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points. The Chiefs would never relinquish the lead in the remainder of the game.
The Bills were unable to keep the Chiefs’ passing game in check. Patrick Mahomes threw for 325 yards with 3 passing touchdowns. Tyreek Hill will head to the Super Bowl in 2021 off the back of a 172-yard receiving game on 9 receptions and 11 targets. Meanwhile, Travis Kelce had 118 yards on 13 receptions with 2 touchdowns.
The Bills staged a late comeback as Josh Allen threw for 287 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. He added 88 rushing yards and was by far the main rushing threat for the Bills. Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley combined for 165 yards with 13 receptions on 20 targets.
Two intriguing decisions were when the Buffalo Bills chose to kick field goals on either side of halftime. Trailing by 12 on both occasions, the Bills were inside the red zone, but could not score a touchdown. The field goals cut the lead to nine points, keeping the Bills two scores behind each time.
Teams eliminated from the 2020-2021 NFL Playoffs prior to the Super Bowl
The playoffs started with 14 teams when the regular season ended. Across the course of the three rounds, with 11 results in the 2020-2021 NFL Playoffs known, just three teams are left standing in the race for the Super Bowl in 2021.
- Buffalo Bills (lost to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game)
- Green Bay Packers (lost to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game)
- New Orleans Saints (lost to the Buccaneers in the Divisional Round)
- Cleveland Browns (lost to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round)
- Baltimore Ravens (lost to the Bills in the Divisional Round)
- Los Angeles Rams (lost to the Packers in the Divisional Round)
- Indianapolis Colts (lost to the Bills on Wild Card Weekend)
- Seattle Seahawks (lost to the Rams on Wild Card Weekend)
- Washington Football Team (lost to the Buccaneers on Wild Card Weekend)
- Tennessee Titans (lost to the Ravens on Wild Card Weekend)
- Chicago Bears (lost to the Saints on Wild Card Weekend)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (lost to the Browns on Wild Card Weekend)
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