Bucs vs. Eagles: Monday Night Wild Card Clash

Bucs vs. Eagles: Monday Night Wild Card Clash

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won five of their last six games and the Philadelphia Eagles have lost five of their last six games.

They took opposite paths to the playoffs, but they have one thing in common: The only thing that matters now is what happens Monday night when they close out the NFL wild-card round in Tampa, Fla.andquot;We need all players, coaches, all employees, all hands on deck, leaving everything they and#039; ended up in that locker room because everyone and#039; is 0-0 entering this week, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said.After a 10-1 start, Philadelphia ended its regular season with a 27-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, which also included injuries to quarterback Jalen Hurts (finger) and wide receiver A.J. injuries Brown (knee).After a 3-5 start, Tampa Bay swept the NFC South on Sunday with three goals from Chase McLaughlin and a 9-0 victory over the league-worst Carolina Panthers.

Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles doesn’t care if his Buccaneers (9-8) score nine points or 99 against the Eagles.andquot;As long as we have one more point than them, that’s exactly what we’re looking for. now, andquot; Bowles said. andquot;We want to be consistent throughout, but the goal is to win the game by any means necessary.

In Week 3, Philadelphia beat host Tampa Bay 25-11. Hurts had two touchdowns, Dand#039;Andre Swift rushed for 130 yards and Brown caught nine passes for 131 yards to lead the Eagles.The Bucs trailed 25-3 before hitting a Baker Mayfield field goal and a 1-yard pass to Mike Evans with 9:22 left.

Philly finished with yards (472-174), first downs (27-12) and time of possession (38:55-21:05).andquot;It is not comparable because we played (the Eagles) earlier in the year, Bowles said We’re still growing (and) and I’m sure they’re still growing. You know, finals time is different, it’s one and done, everyone is screwed and everyone is hurt. It’s just a question of who makes the most mistakes.


Mistakes, missed tackles and missed opportunities gave Philadelphia and number 039. postseason collapse. The Eagles (11-6) turned the ball over 12 times, threw for 136.7 yards per game and converted just 49 percent (38-of-77) of their chances over the last six games.Only the Arizona Cardinals (26.8) and Washington Commanders (30.5) have given up more points than the Eagles (25.2) this season.

When you are beaten in life, when you are beaten in football, you and#039;have two options: you can go down or you can go up, andquot; Sirianni said. andquot;I know this group are fighters.

I know this group will rise. I know we’ve all dealt with (a problem) and we know how to get back up.andquot;Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield has also had his share of hits this season.

He played through rib and ankle sprains against the Panthers, but is coming off his first playoff game since the 2020 season with the Cleveland Browns. He went 5-1 for 1,456 yards with 11 touchdowns, three interceptions and 100.6 points.Mayfield did not practice Thursday, leaving tackle Tristan Wirfs (illness) and linebacker K.J. Brit (calf).Hurts was limited for the Eagles on Thursday when Brown did not practice.

Neither did safeties Reed Blankenship (groin) and Sydney Brown (knee).This will be the sixth time the Buccaneers and Eagles have met in the postseason, with Tampa Bay leading 3-2 and winning the last meeting two years ago on a wild card weekend..

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