While they haven’t clinched a playoff spot, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers control their own destiny heading into their regular season finale vs. the New Orleans Saints.
The 10-5 Bucs own a tiebreaker over the 10-5 Carolina Panthers thanks to a better division record (Bucs 8-3 Panthers 7-4). The Bucs can win the NFC South division title for the first time since 2002 with a victory over the 3-12 Saints or a Panthers loss to the Atlanta Falcons. If both Tampa Bay and Carolina lose on January 1, the Bucs would still win the NFC South and have a home playoff game.
Winning the division would also guarantee the Bucs a home playoff game in the first-round of post-season play.
Tampa Bay currently owns the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoff picture since it has a better conference record (8-3) than the New York Giants (8-4).
The Bucs and Saints will clash at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. In the meantime, here’s a look at the NFC playoff picture.
NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE
1. Seattle 13-2 (NFC West) (clinched division title, homefield advantage and first-round bye) Remaining Schedule: at Green Bay
2. Chicago 11-4 (NFC North) (clinched division title and first-round bye) Remaining Schedule: at Minnesota
3. Tampa Bay 10-5 (NFC South) Remaining Schedule: New Orleans
4. New York Giants 10-5 (NFC East) (clinched playoff berth) Remaining Schedule: at Oakland
5. Carolina 10-5 Remaining Schedule: at Atlanta
6. Washington 9-6 Remaining Schedule: at Philadelphia
Outside Looking In:
Dallas 9-6 Remaining Schedule: St. Louis
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