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Tampa Bay officials, athletes celebrate as Bucs head to Super Bowl

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cinched the NFC Championship and are headed home for Super Bowl 55.
Manager Deon McClendon and bartender Katherine Tiamtisak celebrate with fans at Glory Days Grill after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game at Glory Days Grille on Sunday January 24, 2021 in Brandon.
Manager Deon McClendon and bartender Katherine Tiamtisak celebrate with fans at Glory Days Grill after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game at Glory Days Grille on Sunday January 24, 2021 in Brandon. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Jan. 25
Updated Jan. 26

Sunday night, there was a consensus across Tampa Bay: what a year for sports.

The Buccaneers’ win in the NFC Championship guaranteed the team up to be the first to play at home in a Super Bowl. Across the region, officials and athletes celebrated the win and the history it could make.

“We’re coming home, and we’re coming home to win,” head coach Bruce Arians said during the trophy presentation.

Here’s how leaders and notable figures around Tampa Bay reacted: