It felt like the season just started yesterday, yet we're almost through Divisional Round weekend. Both the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers have advanced -- two teams everyone is freaking out about over a phony NFL conspiracy -- and we've already been gifted a pair of wild games.
The best action has been saved for Sunday. After being picked to tank for a top draft pick this year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still playing and have a better chance than most are giving them to upset the Detroit Lions.
It's a rematch of Week 6, when the Lions came down to Tampa and beat the Bucs into what ended up being a 1-6 slump. That 20-6 loss triggered a losing streak that nearly ended Tampa Bay's season, but the team was labeled to navigate choppy waters to ensure that the billing of that first matchup being a playoff preview held true.
The Bucs team that is headed up to Motown today is entirely different from the one that shot itself in the foot back in October, and there's a decent chance things turn out differently this time around.
What time to the Buccaneers play today? (January 21st)
If Tampa Bay can play anywhere close to the level it did against the Eagles on Monday, everyone is going to be in for a surprise. It seems most experts have flipped on the Bucs, and are back to not giving them much of a chance against Detroit.
That's overlooking what the team did to pull itself out of a 1-6 slump and save the season. Most teams roll over and accept their fate in that situation but the Bucs powered through and have seemingy identified things that were holding them back.
Any questions about whether the Bucs had what it took to stay hot were answered on Monday when they won by 23 points. Detroit is a really good team, but the Bucs shouldn't be getting sold as short as they are.
Here's when to catch today's game:
- Date: Sunday, January 21st
- Start Time: 3 pm ET
- Location: Ford Field | Detroit, MI
- TV Channel: NBC | Peacock
- Announcers: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth
- Radio: WXTB 97.9 FM | More Radio Affiliates
- Live Stream: Fubo
Unlike the Wild Card Weekend schedule, no one has to worry about having Peacock to ensure they can watch the game. It's not a streaming exclusive -- although we might be heading in that direction -- and fans can tune in on NBC to catch all of the action.
Hopefully the Bucs give us all a reason to keep watching.