NFL: Buccaneers are champions of the South Division with a record of 9-8

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A 9-0 shutout victory over the Carolina Panthers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed the Buccaneers to formalize their playoff berth Sunday afternoon for the 18th and final week of playoff play. the NFL.

It must be said that a catastrophe, and only a catastrophe, would have prevented the Bucs (9-8) from entering the postseason schedule as champions of a very weak NL South division.

This is the third consecutive year the Buccaneers have won their division. Next weekend they will host the Philadelphia Eagles, who lost their final game of the season to the Giants.

Five of the Florida team’s nine victories were achieved in opposing stadiums.

Tampa’s success proved to be a fatal blow for the New Orleans Saints, even though the latter prevailed over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Panthers ended a season of misery by being silenced in front of their fans, en route to a 15th loss in 17 games.

Chase McLaughlin scored all of his team’s points, thanks to three successful precision kicks in as many attempts.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 20 passes on 37 attempts for 137 yards.

Running back Rachaad White ran the ball 19 times, racking up 76 rushing yards.

2023 first-round draft pick quarterback Bryce Young had another unconvincing outing; he was limited to 94 passing yards and had three sacks for 24 yards lost.

The Falcons furious against the Saints

New Orleans Saints players made a mistake in the final minutes of their 48-17 victory against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Saints coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael tried to kneel and let the final 1:13 pass after Tyrann Mathieu returned an interception to the line, one yard from the Falcons. Jameis Winston was sent in to make the final handoff in the winning formation, but the team ran Jamaal Williams in for a touchdown.

Arthur Smith, the Falcons coach, angrily approached Allen after the game and yelled some insults at the Saints coach.

The two coaches did not exchange a handshake, and Allen confirmed that the exchange had ended with that final touchdown.

Allen began his postgame press conference by apologizing to Smith and the Falcons.

“That’s not who we are, that’s not the way we operate,” Allen said. “We should have knelt. »

When told that Smith seemed upset, Allen quickly jumped to his defense.

“It should be,” Allen said.

Despite the result, both teams were eliminated from the playoff picture, while the Buccaneers won the division title.

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