I’m sure Green Bay Packers fans across the state had a sick feeling in their stomach after watching the Packers lose the NFC Championship Game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-26 at Lambeau Field Sunday.

A horrible sequence of plays at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half doomed the Packers, who with a win would have advanced to the Super Bowl in two weeks. 

Green Bay Packers fans can now cancel those Super Bowl parties again. It’s the second straight year the Packers lost in the NFC Championship Game. 

Unfortunately, Tampa Bay scored on a long TD pass in the final seconds of the first half and then added another TD when the Packers fumbled on the opening drive of the second half, setting up quarterback Tom Brady with a short field. It was the worst two minutes of football all season for the Packers, who were trying to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2011.

The Buccaneers led at that point 28-10. Green Bay rallied with the help of three interceptions on defense, but the Packers only scored six points off those turnovers and came up short.

It’s the fourth straight loss for the Packers in the NFC title game over a seven-year span.

The game was touted as a battle between two experienced quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers for the Packers and Brady for the Bucs. On the day, Rodg­ers was 33-of-48 for 346 yards with three touchdowns, one interception and a 101.6 passer rating. Brady was 20-of-36 for 280 yards with three touchdowns and the three picks for a 73.8 passer rating. Brady was especially efficient on third-down conversions in the first half. 

The Green Bay defense propelled the Packers into the fourth quarter with Jaire Alexander intercepting Brady on back-to-back series. Unfortunately for Green Bay, the offense would go three-and-out on both possessions.

Trailing by eight points, the Packers had one chance late to tie the game, advancing to the Bucs 8-yard line where the drive would stall, resulting in a Mason Crosby 26-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 31-26 with just over two minutes remaining.

Two Leonard Fournette runs set up third-and-4 with 1:46 remaining. Brady pulled back for play action with Tyler Johnson drawing the defensive pass interference against Kevin King for the first down. Game over.

With the Packers losing Sunday, the Super Bowl will definitely lack some of its luster as the Buccaneers will play the Kansas City Chiefs Feb. 7. It would have been a lot more fun if it was a replay of Super Bowl I between the Packers and Chiefs way back in 1967.