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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 18 if you are a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan

Week 18 is here and theTampa Bay Buccaneers are in the playoff picture. Who should Bucs fans root for to help their chances?

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the opportunity to compete for the NFC South title this weekend as they take on the Carolina Panthers. If you are a Buccaneers fan, you’ll have a few games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their chances of a playoff berth.

Buccaneers vs. Panthers

This is it. The Bucs have to win here. If they don’t, there is no scenario in which they back in through other losses. Green Bay and Seattle would compete for the final spot in the playoffs in the case of a Tampa Bay loss. The Buccaneers are not in the running for a Wild Card berth. For Tampa, it is win the NFC South and earn the fourth seed or go home.

They enter as 5-point road favorites against the Panthers. If the Bucs lose, the winner of the Saints-Falcons game will earn the NFC South title.

Result: Tampa Bay defeated Carolina 9-0 to officially clinch the NFC South.