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What Tampa Bay’s win over Atlanta in Week 14 means for NFL playoff picture in NFC

The Buccaneers took down the Falcons on Sunday. We break down what it means for the NFC playoff picture.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) went into Mercedes-Benz Stadium this afternoon and took down the Atlanta Falcons (6-7) in the final minute for a 29-25 victory. These two division rivals traded the lead in the fourth quarter and the Bucs got the last laugh when Baker Mayfield hit Cade Otton for the go-ahead touchdown with just 31 seconds left.

With the victory, Tampa Bay has now jumped Atlanta for first place in the NFC South. With New Orleans defeating Carolina this afternoon, the Bucs, Falcons, and Saints all share the same record of 6-7 coming out of Week 14. However, because it owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over New Orleans and the record against common opponent tiebreaker over Atlanta, Tampa gets to enjoy sole possession of the top spot for the time being.

As far as playoff seeding goes, the Bucs are now the No. 4 seed in the NFC and would host a game in the Wild Card round if the regular season ended right now. Meanwhile, the Falcons would be on the outside looking in at the No. 10 seed of a very crowded NFC Wild Card race.

Tampa Bay will visit Green Bay for its Week 15 matchup next Sunday while Atlanta will visit Carolina.