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Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White said Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers would never have run into the final zone for a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lifted the Lombardi Trophy last year after their 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. Of course, the Buccaneers had to get through a tough challenge from the Green Bay Packers, who could potentially have tied games to send it overtime, had quarterback Aaron Rodgers run it into the final zone in the final minutes of the NFC Championship Game.
But do not tell Buccaneers linebacker Devin White.
In the trailer for the NFL Movies ‘America’s Game: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020’, White mentions that if Rodgers had tried to cheat, he would not have made it. Why? Because White was in the end zone and he expressed his belief that he would have chased him down before the quarterback broke the plane.
You can read the transcript of White’s quote in the tweet below, with permission from Score. That trailer can be viewed at this link via Yahoo Sports.
Devin White says Aaron Rodgers would never have encrypted in the final zone at the end of the NFC Championship Game
In the waning minutes of the NFC title game, the Buccaneers had a 31-23 lead, but the Packers made a tremendous comeback. Green Bay reached all the way to the red zone, but on third-and-goal Rodgers threw an incomplete pass to star receiver Davante Adams. Before the attempt on the pass, however, Rodgers turned out to have a wide open path into the end zone, but opted against it.
From there, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur set a field goal instead of going to the touchdown on the fourth-down and reduced their deficit to 31-26. Banking on their defense to stop Tom Brady failed instantly as they converted the first two downs on the final drive to ice the game and get their place in the Super Bowl.
This is truly a case of what could have been, but White fully believes he would have tackled Rodgers just before crossing the finish line.