Wild Card weekend has already been full of surprises, upsets, and extreme weather and comes to an end on Monday. That's when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take center stage and host the Philadelphia Eagles to close out the weekend and officially set the bracket for the next round.
Monday's game will mark the second time the Bucs and Eagles have played this season, as Philadelphia handed Tampa Bay a 25-11 loss in week three to remain unbeaten. Since then, both teams have gone in opposite directions to finish as the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds in the NFC, respectively.
For the Buccaneers, their pristine 3-1 start to the season was all for not, as Tampa Bay would lose six of their next seven games to fall to 4-7 and third in the NFC South with just six games left. From that point forward, Tampa Bay managed to win five of their final six games, highlighted by a four-game win streak, to finish 9-8 and clinch their third straight NFC South division title.
On the other hand, Philadelphia continued to remind the NFL of why they almost won Super Bowl LVI, as superstar Jalen Hurts led the Eagles to wins in ten of their first 11 games to hold the league's best record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Starting in the ensuing week with a blowout loss to San Fransisco, Philadelphia dropped five of their final six games to drop to the No. 5 seed and enter the playoffs with a multitude of struggles.
Eagles vs Buccaneers Week 18 start time and location
Monday's game will take place in Tampa Bay and will serve as the finale for Wild Card Weekend, with the action kicking off at 8:15 PM ET on Monday Night Football. In week three, the Buccaneers and Eagles played for the first time this season, also on Monday Night Football.
How to watch Eagles vs Buccaneers Wild Card Weekend Finale
Similar to the first time the two teams met in week three, Monday's matchup will be broadcasted on ESPN. For both games, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will serve as the play-by-play and color commentators in the booth, while Lisa Salters will be down on the field and John Parry will be the game's rule analyst.
With that, this is everything else you need to know to catch the game:
- Date: Monday, January 15th
- Start Time: 8:15 PM ET
- Location: Raymond James Stadium | Tampa, FL.
- TV Channel: ESPN | ABC
- Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
- Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket | Fubo
Buccaneers injury report for Wild Card Weekend vs. Eagles
While Tampa Bay only has two players on their injury report before Monday Night, one is an extremely impactful and important game-time decision. That player is Baker Mayfield, who remains questionable after sustaining lingering rib and ankle injuries over the last two weeks.
In the Buccaneers' critical Week 17 loss to New Orleans, Mayfield took a hard hit from Tyrann Mathieu in the ribs on a two-point conversion attempt. One week later, Mayfield injured his ankle while scrambling in the first quarter vs Carolina.
Even while dealing with both injuries, Mayfield still finished both games as the Buccaneers' starter, although it was clear that the injuries affected Mayfield mightily. Against Carolina's 29th-ranked pass defense, Mayfield only completed 20-32 (62.5%) of his passes for a season-low 137 passing yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
During the Buccaneers' current week of practice, Mayfield did not practice on Thursday and was a limited participant on Friday and Saturday. As it stands, Mayfield is deemed questionable for Monday Night, and his game status will be confirmed 90 minutes before kickoff.
The only other Buccaneer on the injury report is KJ Britt, who is also questionable with a calf injury. The 24-year-old Britt has recorded just 29 tackles this season in a backup role to Devin White, Lavonte David, and star rookie Yaya Diaby.