Eagles to tackle Buccaneers in Wild Card Round of NFL Playoffs

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

Ever since we watched the time run out on the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 17 game versus the Green Bay Packers, we’ve all done the same thing. We’ve tossed theories and ideas around about who the Philadelphia Eagles, now a playoff team, might face and what their chances are.

Those questions continued into an extra session between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers in Week 18, but as Ambry Thomas picked off Matt Stafford‘s final pass attempt and landed inbounds, we had our answer.

The San Francisco 49ers had earned a playoff berth of their own. By doing so, the Eagles were locked into the seventh seed in the NFC.

The Eagles are scheduled to face the Buccaneers for the second time this season.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. In the Wild Card Round, Philadelphia will travel to Tampa to meet Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, the champions of the National Football Conference’s southern division.

In many cases, being the lowest-seeded playoff squad, one that’s facing the defending Super Bowl Champions seems like a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, this doesn’t feel like the same Tampa team that we were introduced to once they escaped a playoff game versus the Washington Football Team by the skin of their teeth.

The Bucs look wounded. They look older and tired, and if the team we saw show up for a Week 15 home game versus the New Orleans Saints is the team that takes the field to meet what everyone is describing as a dangerous Eagles team, one can find an ability to be confident in the Eagles chances.

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It feels like deja vu to some extent. The Birds meet the Bucs in a playoff game. It’s happened four times before, but for the first time since 1979, Tampa Bay is the home team.

These two teams met in Week 6. That game was a 28-22 affair that went in the Bucs favor, but these are two different teams than the ones we saw in October. A win by the Eagles is possible. Don’t be surprised if they earn one.