Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head to Postseason After Defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 44-27

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 44-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday locked them into a visit to the champions of the NFC East in the opening round of the playoffs. (Buccaneers.com image)

(Buccaneers.com) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 44-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday locked them into a visit to the champions of the NFC East in the opening round of the playoffs.

However, as of the end of their own game in Week 17, the Buccaneers still had two possible destinations next weekend.

Tampa Bay’s victory gave them a final 11-5 regular-season record in 2020, matching the second-highest win total in franchise history. It also secured the top Wild Card spot in the NFC playoff field, which is the fifth seed overall.

The first round of playoffs pits the fifth seed against the fourth seed, the sixth against the third and the seventh against the second. The top-seeded team is the only one that gets a first-round bye.

As the fifth seed, the Bucs will play the fourth-ranked team of the four division winners, which was going to be the East champ no matter which teams won in Week 17. The New York Giants decided part of the equation by beating the Dallas Cowboys in the early afternoon on Sunday.

The Giants will win the division if Washington loses to Carolina on Sunday night in the 256th and final game of the regular season. If Washington wins, it will take the division crown.

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