The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an opportunity to make historical past at Inexperienced Bay on Sunday. In the event that they do, it’d include an asterisk.
No workforce has ever performed a Tremendous Bowl in its residence stadium. Tom Brady and the underdog Bucs (13-5) will attempt to develop into the primary to take action by profitable the NFC championship recreation in opposition to the Packers (14-3). The Tremendous Bowl will happen two weeks later at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
It could be some feat for the wild-card Bucs to achieve the NFL finale after enjoying three highway playoff video games. The prize can be a lot totally different this yr, although, as a result of the Tremendous Bowl can be performed in entrance of a much smaller crowd than traditional.
Tampa Bay averaged 14,483 followers for its eight residence video games in 2020 – about 22% of stadium capability. The NFL is planning for 20% capability on the Tremendous Bowl on Feb. 7, in response to ESPN. Followers can be in pods separated by 6 toes, and masks can be required in accordance with native COVID-19 security protocols.
Capability at Raymond James Stadium is 65,890, so somewhat greater than 13,000 followers are anticipated inside to complete a season performed throughout a pandemic. It is an enormous drop from the 75,000 that may have been anticipated with extra non permanent bleachers ultimately zones.
So if Tampa Bay advances to the large recreation, it will not acquire a big benefit by enjoying in entrance of its residence crowd. Technically, it will not even be a sellout, and the sport would set an attendance document for the smallest Tremendous Bowl crowd.
The primary Tremendous Bowl in 1967 was performed in entrance of 61,946 followers on the Los Angeles Coliseum. It is the one one that did not promote out.
Within the 53 Tremendous Bowls since, simply two groups have performed the sport of their residence area: the 1984 San Francisco 49ers beat Miami in Tremendous Bowl 19 in Stanford Stadium slightly than Candlestick Park; and the 1979 Los Angeles Rams misplaced Tremendous Bowl 14 to Pittsburgh within the Rose Bowl as an alternative of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
This is a take a look at the opposite NFL groups that made the playoffs the season their residence stadiums hosted the Tremendous Bowl and got here up quick:
– Minnesota, 2017
Coming off the ”Minnesota Miracle” at residence in opposition to New Orleans – Stefon Diggs hauled in a 61-yard landing move from Case Keenum on the ultimate play – the Vikings traveled to Philadelphia for the NFC title recreation and received shellacked 38-7. Eagles backup Nick Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, an indication of issues to come back within the Tremendous Bowl in opposition to New England.
– Houston, 2016
The Texans gained the AFC South and had been the No. four seed heading into the AFC playoffs. They beat Oakland in a wild-card recreation however misplaced 34-16 the next week on the highway to Brady and New England. It was quarterback Brock Osweiler’s ultimate begin for Houston. Brady went on to win his fifth of six championships, this one in come-from-behind style after trailing Atlanta 28-Three late within the third quarter.
– Miami, 1998
The Dolphins had been the No. four seed within the AFC and beat division rival Buffalo at residence to open the playoffs. They barely confirmed up the next week in Denver, getting smoked 38-Three by a workforce that featured 4 future Corridor of Famers: quarterback John Elway, operating again Terrell Davis, tight finish Shannon Sharpe and security Steve Atwater. One other Corridor of Famer, Dan Marino, threw a pair of interceptions. Elway and the Broncos went on to assert their second straight championship.
– Miami, 1994
The Dolphins had been the No. Three seed 4 years earlier with the Tremendous Bowl set to be performed at Joe Robbie Stadium. They beat Kansas Metropolis to open the playoffs and traveled cross-country to face San Diego within the divisional spherical. Miami led 21-6 after Marino’s third TD move of the day simply earlier than halftime. Nevertheless it was all Chargers from there. They scored 16 unanswered factors within the second half, together with the go-ahead landing with 35 seconds remaining. Pete Stoyanovich missed large proper from 48 yards out on Miami’s ultimate play. San Diego went on to beat Pittsburgh within the AFC title recreation earlier than dropping to juggernaut San Francisco within the Tremendous Bowl in Miami.
– Miami, 1978
The Dolphins misplaced to Houston at residence in a wild-card recreation, ending any probability that they had of returning to the Orange Bowl for the Tremendous Bowl. Pittsburgh beat Dallas for its third Vince Lombardi Trophy in 5 years.
– Miami, 1970
The wild-card Dolphins misplaced at Oakland 21-14 within the opening spherical of the AFC playoffs and ended up watching Baltimore beat Dallas in Tremendous Bowl 5 on the famed Orange Bowl in Miami.
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