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By Amy Tennery (Reuters) – Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming home. The Bucs survived a second-half resurgence from the Green Bay Packers on Sunday to win the NFC Championship and get their ticket to the Super Bowl, where they will be the first team to compete for the Lombardi Trophy at their home stadium. “We come home and we come home to win!” Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians announced on air after the Bucs edged the Packers 31-26. Super Bowl host cities are generally selected years in advance, and team owners vote on their favorite offers, and Tampa was named the host of Super Bowl 55 in 2017. The closest an NFL team has ever come to Playing the Super Bowl on their own home turf was 36 years ago, when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX inside Stanford Stadium at Stanford University in California. With just 22,000 fans allowed inside the 65,618-capacity Raymond James Stadium and the usual Super Bowl party scene largely canceled due to COVID-19, the celebration in Tampa will be comparatively quiet. But city officials and an appreciative Bucs fan base Sunday were already cheering the possibility of Brady claiming his seventh Super Bowl ring in his new adopted city. “FIRE THE CANNONS! Our @Buccaneers are coming HOME to play in Super Bowl LV !!!” The city of Tampa tweeted after Brady secured a spot in his 10th Super Bowl, in his first year on the team after a two-decade stint with the New England Patriots. “What a year for Tampa sports,” wrote Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who took home the Stanley Cup in September. “@TomBrady is the GOAT for a reason. A Super Bowl championship in Tampa would be a great birthday present for me this year.”

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