John Osborne and Clayton Prezzama – Mustangs Ahead

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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done great this National Football League (NFL) season, going 11-5 with two playoffs wins.  They are one win away from their second-ever Super Bowl.

The Buccaneers play next Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3:05 p.m. vs the Green Bay Packers.

Fans all around the area are hopeful that they can make it all the way to the big game.

LRHS senior Gavin Reith said, “I am not exactly a Buccaneers fan, I like the Cleveland Browns, but now that they’re out of the playoffs I’m rooting for the Buccaneers because it is our hometown team.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were last in the Super Bowl in 2003 where they defeated the Oakland Raiders, 48-21.

Mustangs are excited to see if the Buccaneers can bring the Lombardi Trophy, which is presented to the winner of the Super Bowl game, down to the Tampa Bay area.

“I’m super hopeful that the Buccaneers can defeat the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. I love the Buccaneers and it would be cool to be rooting for a team in the Super Bowl that is near where we live,” said sophomore Ryan Froug.

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“I’m excited to watch the game and to see if the Buccaneers can make it to the Super Bowl. I would also like to see Lavonte David win a Super Bowl before he retires,” said freshman Nolan Mirikitani.

“If the Buccaneers made the Super Bowl that would be cool, I’m not the largest football fan but having a team in our area compete in it would be awesome. I could celebrate and watch the game with my family and have fun,” said sophomore Jackson Osborne.

If the Buccaneers make it to the Super Bowl, they would be playing in their home stadium, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

This would be the third time in NFL history a team has played the Super Bowl at home.

If the Buccaneers win this game, that will secure their spot in the Super Bowl and face either the Kansas City Chiefs or the Buffalo Bills.

The Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 7.