The Bucs are right in the middle of the playoff picture -- sort of. They can be spoilers, really big spoilers, if they pull of a win against the Saints.
Out of all the playoff scenarios, and there seem to be a gazillion of them, the Saints are the team under the most pressure. So, this is why it's a must-watch, must-win game on Sunday for Buccaneer fans.
Here are the Saints' playoff situations:
If they win, they're in with the fifth seed -- that is the simple system.
If the Saints win and Panthers lose to Atlanta (and the Saints will know the outcome of that game because it's a 1 p.m. game right here on FOX 13) then the Saints will win the division.
This is the most complex combination: The Saints make the playoffs if they tie with the Bucs and Arizona ties. Or if the Saints win and Arizona loses, New Orleans is also in the picture.
That's why it's such a big game this weekend for not only the Saints, but the Bucs as well. It's such a big game, the time was moved from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. -- so our Sunday lineup is:
11:30 a.m. - Tailgate Sunday: We break down not only the game, but the year and offseason for the Bucs with Jorge Diaz and Ricky Reynolds
12 p.m. - Fox's NFL Sunday
1 p.m. - Carolina vs. Atlanta
4:25 p.m. - Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans
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