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Redskins add to mix of teams fighting Bucs for playoff spot



The playoff math has gotten even more complex for the Bucs over the past two days.

Compounding their loss to the Broncos on Sunday is the Redskins’ victory over the Giants Monday night, one that puts Washington at 6-6 – and into a tie with the Bucs in the race for the final NFC wildcard berth. It adds another team to the crowded mix of NFC clubs chasing the postseason, further complicating things for the Bucs.

If the playoffs began today, the Seahawks would claim the sixth and final playoff seed in the NFC with their 7-5 record. But the Bucs are one of four 6-6 teams on their heels.

The problem for Tampa Bay is that it is not in favorable position when it comes to tiebreakers. The Bucs would lose tiebreakers against the Redskins and Cowboys by virtue of their head-to-head losses against those teams. The Bucs also have a potential hurdle should they wind up in a tie with Seattle, which has two more NFC wins than Tampa Bay. Conference record is used to break two-way ties for wildcard berths in situations where the teams haven’t played one another.

The Bucs have four games remaining and have a realistic chance to win each of them. But depending on what happens elsewhere, even the best-case scenario could leave the Bucs on the outside looking in this postseason.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 2:01pm]


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