The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin their 2021 post-season batch with a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium on the NFC Wild Card Tour. The NFL will announce specific dates and times for all playoff games later Sunday night.
The Buccaneers wrapped up their usual 2021 season with a win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon, and the Los Angeles Rams’ loss at the same time made Tampa Bay the second seed in the Premier League standings. Philadelphia ended up as the seventh seed after losing to the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.
Philadelphia is already the most popular opponent in the post-season history of piracy. It would be the fifth post-season meeting between the Buccaneers and the Eagles, but the first since a 2002 NFC Championship game. Tampa Bay won that game, 27-10, in Philadelphia after Ronde Barber returned a 92-yard interception for a touchdown three minutes from the end of the game. These Buccaneers would go on to win Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21, over the Oakland Raiders.
The Buccaneers also beat the Eagles, 24-17, in the first playoff game in franchise history, a playoff tournament in 1979 in Tampa. The Eagles defeated the Buccaneers in wild card matches in both 2000 and 2001, both times in Philadelphia.
Tampa Bay and Philadelphia met this season in Week Six, a Thursday night competition that the Visiting Buccaneers won, 28-22, on the strength of two Leonard Fortnite contests. The Bucs built a 28-7 lead in the third quarter but had to hold off on two touchdown runs from Jalen Hurts, icing the game with an engine that consumed the final six minutes of the hour.
The Eagles crashed on the NFC field with wins in six of their last eight games, and their loss to Dallas on Saturday came in a competition in which Philadelphia played the most games with reserves on either side of the ball. The Eagles had a long list of players on the COVID-19 roster heading into their match in Week 18, and they had picked up 10 players from the coaching squad in response, but had already settled a playoff spot and had no pressure rating. Fears.
The Eagles entered the last weekend of the regular season, ranking 14th in attack and 7th in defense in terms of yards allowed. They are 11th in the NFL in terms of point difference, averaging +5.3 yards per game. Horts, who did not play in the season finale, threw for 3144 yards and was a 16-9 TD-INT and also he ran For 784 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Philadelphia’s defense takes the lead with defensive tackle for year six Javon Hargrave, who led the team with 7.5 sacks and 18 leading strokes. At the back end, quarterback Darius Sly has made his fourth Pro Bowl appearance – and for the first time as an eagle – with three interceptions, two stumbled recoveries and three defensive touchdowns.
The Buccaneers’ regular season 2021 ended Sunday with 13 wins, but the real work is just beginning. Tampa Bay already has a long history with Philadelphia in the postseason, but this is the first time in more than four decades that the Eagles have come to Florida for a playoff game. The Bucs hope this will be the start of another deep tour in January and February.
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