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The Bucs beat the Panthers, 41-17, to set a franchise record with 13 wins on the season. That win, coupled with a 27-24 overtime win by the 49ers over the 12-5 Rams at Los Angeles, moved Tampa Bay up from the No. 3 seed to the No. 2 seed.

The 13-4 Bucs will host the 9-8 Eagles in the first round of the NFC. Tampa Bay won at Philadelphia earlier this year on Thursday Night Football, 28-22. The Bucs had a 28-7 lead before two late touchdowns by the Eagles in the fourth quarter tightened the score.

The Rams were in the No. 2 seed prior to Sunday’s loss due to a head-to-head tiebreaker against the Bucs. Now Los Angeles slips to the No. 4 seed and 12-5 Dallas moves into the No. 3 seed. The Cowboys will play the 49ers, while the Rams will host the 11-6 Cardinals.

San Francisco, which improved to 10-7, clinched a playoff spot with its win, and eliminated 9-8 New Orleans in the process.

Green Bay lost on Sunday to Detroit, but pulled Aaron Rodgers in the first half. The Packers are 13-4 but had the tiebreaker advantage over the Bucs to remain in the top seed. Green Bay will have a bye in the first round.

Exact dates and times of the playoff games will be determined Sunday night by the NFL. This year’s first round playoff games will be played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

2022 NFC Playoffs

No. 1 Green Bay – BYE

No. 2 Tampa Bay vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

No. 3 Dallas vs. No. 6 San Francisco

No. 4 Los Angeles vs. No. 5 Arizona

 

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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TBChucky
TBChucky(@tbchucky)
10 days ago

Bring on Philly!

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
10 days ago

Eagles were best opponent for Bucs for sure. Niners look tough and will club stupid ass Dallas imo. Dallas is so over rated. They can’t beat any decent teams.

Templeton Davis
Templeton Davis(@templetondavis)
10 days ago

Hey, I know this seems petty, but can Pewter Report finally updated the sidebar on the site that still shows the Bucs have only 11 wins? Please?

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  Templeton Davis
10 days ago

I have felt the same way for the past 3 weeks with the Saints sitting there at 7-7. You would think they have someone on staff that actually looks at the web page.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour(@bucharbour)
Reply to  Templeton Davis
10 days ago

Ditto.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
10 days ago

Go Bucs! Where’s Rhonde Barber when u need him! Bring on the Eagles! The Brady effect is real!

Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
10 days ago

jaelon Darden is a terrible returner. He’s is going to be a liability in the playoffs. Mickens was way better

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
10 days ago

Probably the most favorable match-up for the Bucs in the 1st rd. I’m sure Philly is not all too happy about facing us again. Shut down the run, force Jalen Hurts to make plays from the pocket. Wash-Rinse-Repeat game over by halftime.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour(@bucharbour)
10 days ago

The greatest thing about today is that the dirty, nasty, POS team known as the “Saints” is out of the playoffs. Karma’s a *beep*! After the first quarter I couldn’t help but think we were one and done. Then they started mixing up their plays and started taking advantage of their best players that they still had. We really need David and Shaq back…bad. Run defense is trash without them. Brady and Gronk are just animals out there at times. Hopefully, we can get healthy and stop getting hurt. All of these hamstrings point to strength and conditioning. No two… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  BucHarbour
10 days ago

Almost as great a reward for getting the # 2 seed for the victory against the Panthers was the 49er’s victory over the Rams knocking out that smug-ass Sean Payton’s Saints. I’m sure when the Rams were up 17-0 the Saints thought they were going to the dance. But noooooooooooo, you’re going home.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
10 days ago

Everything went as good as the Bucs could hope. Eagles should definitely be our best match-up. Tough field in the NFC this year though, the top 4 seeds are all really good.

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