The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading to the 2024 NFL Playoffs. They won their third consecutive NFC South title with a win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 18. This grants them a home-field advantage in the Wild Card round, where they will play the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Buccaneers didn’t clinch a playoff berth until they beat the Panthers. The NFC South was likely only getting one team into the playoff picture, and the Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, and New Orleans Saints still all had a path to the playoffs entering the week. Tampa Bay was win and in and didn’t waste the opportunity with the 9-0 victory.
The Eagles had a chance to earn the NFC’s No. 2 seed but needed a win over the New York Giants and a Dallas Cowboys loss to the Washington Commanders. Unfortunately for Philly, they lost to the Giants and rested starters after being down over 20 points by halftime.
2024 Wild Card round matchup
Buccaneers vs. Eagles
Tampa Bay and Philadelphia met up in Week 3 of the regular season. The Buccaneers went into the game 2-0 with wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. The Eagles were also 2-0 and had beaten the New England Patriots and Vikings. Philly won the game 25-11, with running back D’Andre Swift picking up 130 yards on 16 carries and wide receiver A.J. Brown finishing with 131 yards on nine receptions. Mike Evans led the Tampa Bay receivers with 60 yards and a score on five receptions.