It's New Year's Eve, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a chance to do something almost nobody thought possible before the year officially comes to a close.
After being pegged as a sure-fire tank candidate in the offseason, and being dubbed the second-worst team in the league, the Bucs can end 2023 by clinching their third-straight NFC South title. Baker Mayfield, who was trolled upon signing with the Bucs, looks like a Comeback Player of the Year candidate and is likely going to become the team's quarterback of the future.
Not to shabby for a team that was supposed to be tanking.
Tampa Bay has been doing anything but as of late, winning its last four games and positioning itself to punch a playoff ticket with a win on Sunday. Making matters evern sweeter would be the fact that all of this would happen against the New Orleans Saints, and the Bucs winning would end their rival's season.
The work isn't done yet, but just a handful of weeks ago things looked much more dire than they do now. The Bucs fell into a 1-6 slump after their bye week and the season appeared to be lost, but everyone has stepped up in ways fans have been waiting to see all season long.
After getting their act together following an embarrassing loss to the Colts to end November, the Bucs have yet to lose a game in December and might end the year on the highest note possible -- with a home playoff game clinched.
What channel is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on today? (December 31st)
Here's everything you need to know to catch today's game:
- Date: Sunday, December 31st
- Start Time: 1 pm ET
- Location: Raymond James Stadium | Tampa Bay, FL
- TV Channel: FOX
- Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
- Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket | Fubo
- Radio: WXTB 97.9 FM | More Radio Affiliates
While the game isn't in the traditional Game of the Week slot in the late window, the Bucs-Saints showdown will have FOX's A-Team of announcers on hand. Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen will be in the booth, which is another endorsement of how much Tampa Bay has bounced back from where they were before.
Hopefully this game goes a little better than it did the first time Burkhardt and Olsen were in the booth for a Bucs game back in Week 6.