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Playoff picture murkier for Bucs after loss to the Broncos



DENVER -- Making the playoffs isn’t out of the question for the Bucs. But today's events didn’t help their chances, either.

Today's loss at Denver, coupled with the Seahawks’ thrilling overtime win in Chicago, left Tampa Bay one game behind Seattle (7-5) in the race for the final NFC Wildcard berth.

The Vikings, who also are in the race, lost to the Packers and are tied with the Bucs at 6-6 (the Bucs own the tiebreaker by virtue of their head-to-head victory).

And there’s another possible variable, too. The Redskins (5-6) play tonight against the Giants and could put themselves in position to make a run at postseason, too. Washington would own the tiebreaker with the Bucs because of its head-to-head victory over Tampa Bay.

The Bucs’ remaining games are against the Eagles, Saints, Rams and Falcons, and the margin for error now is smaller.

“We have a lot of football left to be played,” QB Josh Freeman said. “We are, right now, a game out. We’re just focused on the next game, focused on getting ready for the Eagles. I know everybody can’t wait to get back in the building, watch this game, evaluate, try to learn and try and grow.”

[Last modified: Sunday, December 2, 2012 10:02pm]


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