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Rick Stroud, Joe Smith and Greg Auman

Tiebreaker sends Bucs to bottom of NFC South

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December

ATLANTA -- The Bucs’ 7-9 finish puts them in a tie with their NFC South counterparts New Orleans and Carolina.

But there’s technically an order of finish, and it’s not good for the Bucs.

When tiebreaking procedures are applied, the Bucs fall the fourth and final spot in the division, losing on the basis of their poorer record against common opponents. The Panthers would be the second-place team because of their 2-0 record against the Saints this season, with the Saints finishing third. The Falcons, with their 13-3 mark, clinched the division title long ago.

This news has an impact on the Bucs from a scheduling standpoint. Each team has two opponents determined by order of division finish. In the Bucs’ case, they’ll be paired with the last-place team in the NFC East (Eagles) and the NFC North (Lions).

[Last modified: Sunday, December 30, 2012 10:30pm]

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