NFC Notebook: Tom Brady heads to 14th championship game
Tom Brady needs to borrow someone’s hand to formally count his league championship appearances.
The Tampa Bay quarterback will be participating in his 14th on Sunday when the Buccaneers visit the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He went 9-4 in the previous 13, all in the AFC with the New England Patriots.
“It’s hard to get to this point,” said Brady, who is 3-3 in road title games. “There’s nothing guaranteed from this point forward. But we’ve gotta go out there and we’ve gotta play our very best to beat one of the best teams in the league.”
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 1-3 in NFC title games. He has been on the losing side in his last three appearances, including last season’s 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
–The Super Bowl will be played in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 7 and Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians doesn’t want hear any chatter about that possibility.
“We don’t play that game this week — that’s the message to everybody,” Arians said. “We play the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. If you start thinking about the Super Bowl, you get beat and will be packing your bags on Monday.”
–Forecasts call for a 50 percent of snow with temperatures in the high 20s and that is fine with Green Bay star wideout Davante Adams, who led the NFL with 18 touchdown receptions.
“Just knowing where to put your feet, the best way to misdirect is obviously getting your feet outside your framework because you do that in snow, you lose traction,” Adams said of his routine in snowy conditions. “For me, just having those reps in the snow and cold (is important). Them being in Tampa, there is no way to assimilate cold weather and the snow.”
–Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown and linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul missed Wednesday’s walkthrough with knee injuries. Pierre-Paul is expected to be fine by game day but Brown’s availability is less certain.
“It’s too early to tell,” Arians said of Brown. “He’ll be day-to-day.”
Receiver Mike Evans (knee) and running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps/finger) are among the Buccaneers listed as limited.
No Green Bay players missed practice on Wednesday but running back AJ Dillon (quadriceps) was limited and will be observed closely after leaving Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Among others who were limited were receiver Allen Lazard (wrist/back), linebacker Za’Darius Smith (thumb) and offensive tackle Rick Wagner (ankle).
–Field Level Media