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TAMPA, Fla. — Home-field advantage for the Super Bowl. Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers enjoyed the rare luxury and became the first team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl in its home stadium. The Los Angeles Rams thereafter aimed, traded and spent to position themselves to repeat the feat in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium next month. So, it’s perhaps fitting that for the Rams to take a ...

TAMPA, Fla. — You look at the man and wonder what is so special about him. It’s not the speed, it’s not the arm. It’s not the footwork, it’s not the size. Maybe, after all these years, it is more about the people surrounding him. I mean, take away Bill Belichick and who is Tom Brady? (The Super Bowl 55 champion and MVP.) Take away two of his top receivers and both of his running backs and what ...

TAMPA, Fla. — Count Bruce Arians among those who would be surprised if quarterback Tom Brady didn’t play for the Bucs next season. Brady will turn 45 in August and has one year remaining on his contract, although the salary-cap hit wouldn’t be too punitive if he decided to retire after 21 seasons. After passing for a career-high 5,316 yards and leading the NFL with 43 touchdowns this season, ...

LOS ANGELES — Von Miller has amassed more than 100 career sacks in the regular season, seven and half in the playoffs. The future Hall of Fame outside linebacker said this week that he could recall every one of the sacks he recorded against Tom Brady, the most successful quarterback in NFL history. “It’s just one of those things,” Miller said. “Whenever he decides to retire, those are the ...

LOS ANGELES — Von Miller has amassed more than 100 career sacks in the regular season, 71/2 in the playoffs. The future Hall of Fame outside linebacker said this week that he could recall every one of the sacks he recorded against Tom Brady, the most successful quarterback in NFL history. “It’s just one of those things,” Miller said. “Whenever he decides to retire, those are the sacks that you ...

TAMPA, Fla. — It’s game day. Outside Raymond James Stadium before the Bucs-Eagles wild-card game are thousands of excited fans. As songs blast over loudspeakers, some people gather to watch performers breakdance. Others line up to take pictures with pirates on stilts. But walk just about a hundred yards away, and you’ll find yourself inside a whole other world — the world of live event ...

LOS ANGELES — Jalen Ramsey has faced Tom Brady only once in the postseason, and it was a game Ramsey chose to put out of his mind. In the 2017 playoffs, Brady led the New England Patriots to victory over Ramsey’s Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. “That game was disappointing, so I just tried to forget about it as much as I could,” Ramsey, the Rams star ...

We went 4-2 straight-up and 3-3 against the spread in the wild-card round to begin our playoff run. Two of our wins were near Exactos. Bengals won 26-19; we had it 27-20. And Bucs won 31-15; we had 31-13. But we misfired badly on picking an upset by Cardinals, and did not see the Cowboys home loss coming. Headed for 4-0 overall and ATS this weekend. Onward, upward! ——— Wild-card round: 4-2, ...

TAMPA, Fla. — It’s become a common exercise for the Bucs to exorcise demons, to be more concerned with avenging previous losses than merely seeking revenge for them. A year ago, they lost twice to the Saints in the regular season but won the game that counted in the division round of the playoffs. The Bucs also lost to the Chiefs in the regular season before blasting them 31-9 in Super Bowl ...

TAMPA, Fla. — You began the week in a great mood. The Bucs had shown up for the playoffs on their best behavior, and the roster was finally beginning to look semi-healthy again. Not to mention, everyone in Tampa Bay was preparing for back-to-back playoff games at home for the first time since 1979. Then you watched the Rams humiliate the Cardinals on Monday night. Suddenly, the temperature ...