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Buccaneers sweep Eagles after Bills beat Steelers

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    Fact is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dumped the Philadelphia Eagles out of this season’s NFL play-offs to clinch the final spot in next week’s divisional round.

    Also the Eagles were narrowly beaten by the Kansas City Chiefs in a Super Bowl classic last February and for the second year running were the last team to lose their unbeaten record this season.

    Now they were then 10-1 at the end of November but their season has come to a miserable end, with a 32-9 defeat at Tampa Bay meaning they lost six of their last seven games.

    Also, earlier on Monday, the Buffalo Bills beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-17 to set up a mouth-watering match-up with Kansas City.

    Note that two years ago the Bills lost at that stage after an epic shootout between star quarterbacks Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City, which the Chiefs won 42-36 in overtime.

    Now the Chiefs will head to Buffalo next Sunday aiming to keep alive their hopes of back-to-back Super Bowl wins – and a third NFL title in five years.

    The Bucs, who beat the Chiefs in the 2021 Super Bowl, will visit the Detroit Lions earlier in the day.

    We need to also know that Philadelphia had more wins by the end of November than Tampa Bay managed all season as the Bucs came into the play-offs with a 9-8 record – the worst out of the 14 teams that progressed to the post-season.

    Led by Baker Mayfield, who replaced the retired Tom Brady as their starting quarterback this season, the Bucs won five of their last six games to win the NFC South.

    And the difference in each side’s form showed on wildcard weekend, with the Bucs gaining a 16-3 lead with three field goals and a 44-yard touchdown by David Moore.

    A Dallas Goedert score just before half-time made it 16-9 and gave the Eagles hope of arresting their slump.

    However, that evaporated late in the third quarter as Tampa Bay forced Philly to concede a safety and the Eagles’ defence was again found wanting as Trey Palmer scored a 56-yard touchdown.

    Believe that a late Chris Godwin score made it three touchdown passes and 337 passing yards for Mayfield, who has re-established himself as a top QB on his third team since leaving the Cleveland Browns after the 2021 season.

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