Monday, September 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There's still a (very small) chance for playoffs, Buc fans

NFC

Seed/team/Rec

1. Cowboys-E ** 13-2

2. Falcons-S-y 10-5

3. Seahawks-W-y 9-5-1

4. Lions-N 9-6

Wild card

5. Giants-z 10-5

6. Packers 9-6

In the hunt

7. Redskins 8-6-1

8. Bucs 8-7

Remaining schedules

Cowboys: at Eagles

Falcons: Saints

Seahawks: at 49ers

Lions: Packers

Giants: at Redskins

Packers: at Lions

Redskins: Giants

Bucs: Panthers

AFC

Seed/team/Rec

1. Patriots-E * 13-2

2. Raiders-W-z 12-3

3. Steelers-N-y 10-5

4. Texans-S-y 9-6

Wild card

5. Chiefs-z 11-4

6. Dolphins-z 10-5

Remaining schedules

Patriots: at Dolphins

Raiders: at Broncos

Steelers: Browns

Texans: at Titans

Chiefs: at Chargers

Dolphins: Patriots

y-clinched division z-clinched playoff berth * clinched division and bye ** clinched homefield

Yes, the Bucs can still make the playoffs, though as we've reported, it's extremely unlikely.

ESPN Stats and Research estimated the odds at 1 in 60,000 for the Bucs to sneak into the playoffs as an NFC wild card.

To get in, the Bucs need seven things to happen today, including the Redskins and Giants tying, yes tying. There have been two ties this season in 240 games, and the NFL hasn't had a final-week tie since 1965.

Here are the seven outcomes necessary to put the Bucs in the playoffs:

• Bucs beat the Panthers.

• Lions beat the Packers.

• Redskins and the Giants tie.

• Cowboys beat the Eagles.

• Titans beat the Texans.

• Colts beat the Jaguars.

• 49ers beat the Seahawks.

In that scenario, the Bucs finish 9-7, the Lions win the NFC North, and the Packers and Bucs enter a tiebreaker for the final NFC wild-card spot. The Bucs need the final four outcomes to secure the "strength of victory" tiebreaker over the Packers.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

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