BUCCANEERS CLAIM NFC SOUTH TITLE
For the second time in four seasons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were crowned champions of the NFC South division by improving to 11-5 on the season with a 27-13 win over the New Orleans Saints. The Bucs have now won five division titles, including two under head coach Jon Gruden, in their 30 years of existence. The last three champions of the NFC South division have played in the NFC title game with Carolina (2003) and Tampa Bay (2002) reaching the Super Bowl.

BUCS TO HOST REDSKINS ON SATURDAY
The 11-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the 10-6 Washington Redskins at 4:30 PM on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs. Tampa Bay and Washington clashed in Week 10 of the regular season, and the Bucs defended their home turf by defeating the ‘Skins, 36-35.

PLAYOFF TICKETS AVAILABLE
A limited amount of tickets for the Buccaneers game vs. the Redskins will go on sale Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. The prices for the tickets range from $67 to $108. Fans can purchase tickets on-line at Ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (813) 287-8844. Tickets will not be sold at One Buc Place or at Raymond James Stadium.

HOLDING THE LINE
For the first time in Buccaneers’ franchise history, the five starting offensive linemen have maintained the same starting lineup for the entire 16 games of the regular season. Only three other teams — Seattle, Carolina and Denver — have managed to accomplish that feat.

GALLOWAY SETS MORE RECORDS
With wide receiver Joey Galloway’s 7-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and his 4-yard catch for a score in the second quarter, Galloway set the team record for receiving touchdowns in a season. Galloway, who did not make the Pro Bowl, has 10 touchdown receptions on the season. He also passes former Buccaneer WR Keyshawn Johnson for second place for yards (1,287) in a single season. Galloway finished the game with four catches for 38 yards, giving him sole possession of fifth place for receptions in a season with 83 catches. The previous mark was held by Galloway’s teammate, Michael Clayton, who finished last season with 80 catches for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns.

FOURTH PRO BOWL SELECTION
Buccaneer cheerleader Jennifer Abbott was selected by her teammates to represent the Buccaneers in Hawaii. One cheerleader from every NFL team has a representative in the Pro Bowl.

QUARLES MOVES INTO THE TOP FIVE
Bucs middle linebacker Shelton Quarles had 10 tackles on the game to move to fourth place on the single-season tackles list. Quarles passes fellow teammate Derrick Brooks for fourth on the list. Quarles finished the regular season with 185 tackles.

TWO MORE SERVINGS OF RICE
Tampa Bay defensive end Simeon Rice picked up his 13th and 14th sack of the season on Sunday, giving him sole possession of fourth place on the franchise sack list. Rice has three of the top four single-season sack records.

BUCCANEERS SET PERSONAL PENALTY RECORD
The Buccaneers finished their game against the New Orleans Saints with 10 penalties for 107 yards. The Bucs finished the regular season with 131 penalties, which set a new single-season franchise record. The previous record was held by the 2003 Bucs, who were penalized 117 times.

PITTMAN MOVES UP ON RECEPTION LIST
Bucs running back Michael Pittman, who broke off a 64-yard run against the Saints on Sunday, finished the game with three receptions, moving him past Ron Hall for ninth place on the all-time receptions leaders list. Pittman has 209 catches in his career as a Buccaneer.

BUC SHOTS: The first quarter scoring drive for the Buccaneers was the longest for the 2005 season. The drive encompassed 15 plays and was longer than eight minutes. … Quarterback Chris Simms went 12-for-25 for 143 yards and tossed two touchdowns. … Running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams rushed 22 times for 81 yards and finished the season with 1,178 yards and six touchdowns. … Running back Michael Pittman rushed one time for 64 yards, and also fielded kickoffs and hauled in three catches for 35 yards. … Linebacker Derrick Brooks finished the game with a team-leading 15 tackles.

BUCS INACTIVE PLAYERS: QB Tim Rattay, RB Derek Watson, S Jermaine Phillips, T Chris Colmer, DT Anthony Bryant, C Scott Jackson, WR Michael Clayton, TE Will Heller.

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