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Sorry Lee, But The Belichick/Brady debate is over. Tom Wins...

With Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers dispatching Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers 31-26 in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, you could certainly argue that Thomas Edward Patrick Brady has won the "who needed the other more" argument over His Hoodiness.

The Greatest Of All Time took his talents to Florida's Gulf Coast and will play in his 10th Super Bowl, and the Buccaneers will be the first team in NFL history to participate in the Big Game in their home stadium.

Something ,must be in the water along the Gulf Coast, with the Lightning having won the Stanley Cup and the Rays the American League pennant over the course of the last several months.

Prior to Sunday, the closest a team came to playing a Super Bowl on its own field was the 1979-80 Los Angeles Rams, who lost Super Bowl XIV to Pittsburgh at the Rose Bowl (the Rams' home stadium at the time was the L.A. Coliseum) and the 1984-85 San Francisco 49ers, who won Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium.

While Brady did throw three interceptions - you could argue that two, one on a tipped ball and one when Leonard Fournette whiffed badly on a blitz pickup and Brady had to chuck it deep - he made enough clutch plays to win, while Tampa's defense made enough stops against Aaron Rodgers.

As I've said numerous times, Brady traded frozen Foxboro for sunny Tampa in part because of a lack of offensive weapons in New England. Belichick refused to upgrade the offense last offseason - and I know tight salary cap space and Covid-19 didn't help - but TB12 was clearly frustrated in 2019.

It's easy to see he's having fun again, and it's part of why Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement. It's a big reason why Tampa Bay is hosting Super Bowl LV in a fortnight.

The telling point came at the end of the first half, when Brady converted a fourth and short at the Packers' 45, and one play later, hit Scotty Miller for a 39-yard touchdown that proved to be the difference in the game. That's the TB12 we're accustomed to seeing.

Brady's old team will reload its offense this offseason, and we'll see TB12 in Foxboro with the Bucs at some point next season, assuming Brady comes back for one last ride in 2021.

Personally, if Covid-19 wasn't a thing, I'd already have plane tickets booked to fly to Tampa for the big game (thank you, Wheel of Fortune and having a best friend in Tampa), but watching TB12 go for championship number 7 in the comfort of my recliner will suffice.

If you're a Patriots fan, you ought to be rooting for Tampa Bay.



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