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What Colts win over Buccaneers in Week 12 means for NFL playoff picture in NFL

Indianapolis edged Tampa Bay in a 27-20 victory on Sunday. We break down what it means for the NFL playoff picture.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts (6-5) downed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) in a 27-20 victory on Sunday, picking up their third straight victory. Jonathan Taylor had himself a big game coming off the team’s bye, breaking off 15 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. A late comeback attempt for the Bucs was thwarted when Baker Mayfield was strip sacked by Samson Ebukam.

With that victory, Indianapolis has creeped back into the playoff picture and would be the No. 7 seed in the AFC if the season ended at this moment. The Colts share the same record with the Texans and Bills, but tiebreakers gives them the final Wild card spot at the moment. As far as the AFC South is concerned, they sit two games behind the Jaguars for first place.

With the loss, Tampa Bay continues to backslide and sits a full two games behind the Seahawks for the final NFC Wild Card spot if the season ended right now. After a promising start, the Buccaneers have dropped six of its last seven games and are plummetting. They are still in contention for the incredibly weak NFC South, however, as they sit just one game behind both the Falcons and Saints.

Indianapolis will travel to Tennessee next Sunday for an AFC South showdown in Week 13. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay will host Carolina in an NFC South battle.