Tom Brady and the Buccaneers might make NFL historical past this 12 months if they’ll beat the Packers on Sunday. If that occurs, the Buccaneers would grow to be the primary workforce ever to play a Tremendous Bowl of their residence stadium.
The Tremendous Bowl has existed for 54 years and in that point, no workforce has ever gotten to play the sport of their residence stadium. The truth that the Buccaneers are even within the NFC title sport is notable as a result of that is one thing that just about by no means occurs. You possibly can name it a Tremendous Bowl internet hosting jinx or simply dangerous luck, however groups virtually by no means make the playoffs in a season the place they’re internet hosting the Tremendous Bowl. Together with the Buccaneers, there have solely been 9 situations in NFL historical past the place a workforce made the playoffs in a season the place their stadium was internet hosting the Tremendous Bowl.
Of the host groups that made the postseason — the Dolphins (1970, ’78, ’94, ’98), Buccaneers (2000), Cardinals (2014), Texans (2016), and Vikings (2017) — solely certainly one of them has ever made it to the convention title sport and that is the Vikings, who beat the Saints to advance to the NFC Championship in 2017, the place they’d lose to the Eagles. The Buccaneers turned the second workforce to succeed in the NFC title sport by additionally beating the Saints.
Earlier than this 12 months, the eight Tremendous Bowl hosts that made the postseason had a document of 3-8 within the playoffs in the course of the season the place the massive sport was being held at their stadium.
If the Buccaneers are going to finish the Tremendous Bowl-hosting jinx, they merely should do one thing that they’ve already completed this 12 months: Beat the Packers. Again in Week 6, the Buccaneers destroyed Inexperienced Bay 38-10 in a sport that was performed at residence. This time round, the Buccaneers are going to should win at Lambeau Discipline.
In a twist, if the Buccaneers do win, they’d grow to be the primary wild-card workforce to make it to the Tremendous Bowl for the reason that Packers did it in 2010. A win over Inexperienced Bay would additionally imply that the Buccaneers’ first residence sport of the postseason would come within the Tremendous Bowl. The Bucs opened up postseason play at Washington after which received in New Orleans.
Though no workforce has ever performed a Tremendous Bowl of their residence stadium, two groups did get to play the Tremendous Bowl of their residence market. After spending the season at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Rams made it to Tremendous Bowl XIV, which was performed on the close by Rose Bowl. Being near residence did not truly assist the Rams although, as they misplaced 31-19 to the Steelers.
The one different workforce that bought to play near residence was the 1984 San Francisco 49ers. In Tremendous Bowl XIX, the 49ers beat the Dolphins 38-16 in a sport that was performed at Stanford Stadium, which was lower than 30 miles away from their previous residence at Candlestick Park.