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Who to root for today, Bucs fans

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 15, 2002

Our best guess at which teams Bucs fans should root for among the NFC contenders:

GREEN BAY AT SAN FRANCISCO: The game of the day among the NFC contenders. A 49ers win and a Bucs win all but eliminates the Packers as a No. 2 seed and keeps the Bucs one game ahead of the 49ers. Philly aside, the last place the Bucs want to visit in the playoffs is Green Bay. Get rid of the Pack now and worry about San Fran later. Go 49ers.

PHILADELPHIA VS. WASHINGTON: Someone has to beat the Eagles for the Bucs to have a shot at homefield throughout the playoffs. Wouldn't it be interesting if the Head Ball Coach comes to the rescue? Go 'Skins.

NEW ORLEANS VS. MINNESOTA: Don't forget, all it takes for the Bucs to fall from the No. 2 seed to No. 5 is one loss and a Saints win. Go Vikings.

ATLANTA VS. SEATTLE: The obvious reason to root for the Seahawks is to push the Falcons further behind the Bucs in the South. But just as vital, a Falcons loss puts the Giants closer to the final playoff spot, and anything that makes the Giants pull out all the stops in that last game against East rival Philly is a good thing. Go Seahawks.

N.Y. GIANTS VS. DALLAS: See above. The longer the Giants stay in the playoff chase going into their final game against Philly, the better for the Bucs. A Giants loss today and the playoff teams are set, with only seeding remaining. Go G-Men.


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