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Daily Bucs Links: Recapping the loss

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Vikings DBs decided to go against Mike Zimmer’s game plan in 1st half vs. Packers -
Xavier Rhodes was supposed to shadow Jordy Nelson. That didn’t happen.

Jets made referee laugh after everyone except the center was called for a false start vs. Patriots -
It’s just not their day.

2017 NFL Draft order: Browns, 49ers and Jaguars all win to keep order same -
The 49ers own the tiebreaker over the Browns, but pulled off a comeback victory that keeps the No. 1 pick in Cleveland.

Tom Savage is starting for the Texans, but who is this guy? -
Savage hasn’t taken a basic path on his football journey.

Patriots scored an FU touchdown when the Jets wouldn't let them run out the clock -
When Bill Belichick offers mercy, just accept it.

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson were stunned that Seahawks missed ANOTHER kick vs. Cardinals -
Seattle and Arizona gave us another wild finish.

Chargers vs. Browns 2016 final score: Cleveland wins 1st game in over a year to avoid 0-16 season -
A 17-game losing streak was snapped by the Browns to avoid an 0-16 season that looked inevitable.

Marcus Mariota suffers fractured leg vs. Jaguars -
Mariota will undergo surgery in the next few days.

Cam Newton said Panthers need a ‘sabbatical’ -
Carolina will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Derek Carr suffers broken fibula against the Colts -
The Raiders’ MVP candidate will have surgery tomorrow and is out indefinitely.

NFL scores 2016: Live results, highlights, news, and more from Week 16 -
Holiday spirit is in the air and playoff spots are on the line as the NFL has a special Christmas Eve slate of Saturday games this week.

Watch: Bucs vs. Saints Full Highlights
Highlights from the Buccaneers' Week 16 game against the Saints.

Week 16: Mike Evans Highlights
Highlights of WR Mike Evans against the Saints in Week 16.

Bucs Fall to Saints, Nearly Out of Playoff Hunt
Tampa Bay fought to the end in the Superdome Sunday but fell to the Saints, 31-24, and in the process essentially dropped out of the NFC playoff race.

Watch: Bucs vs. Saints Press Conferences
HC Dirk Koetter and QB Jameis Winston were among Bucs who spoke to the media following the game against the Saints.

Playoff Update: Smallest Hope Remains
Little went right for the Buccaneers on Saturday in their playoff hunt, and that was capped on Saturday night when Houston beat Cincinnati to nearly close Tampa Bay's last postseason door.

Shelton: Bucs' Season Not Special Enough In The End | Pewter Report
The Bucs' playoff hopes essentially ended with a 31-24 loss at New Orleans, which was Tampa Bay's second consecutive loss after an 8-5 start to the year.

Bucs’ Playoff Potential On Life Support After Saints Loss | Pewter Report
The Tampa Bay Bucs can still make the postseason but their chances at playing beyond Week 17 took a big hit with Saturday's 31-24 loss in New Orleans.'s Most Disappointing: Bucs-Saints | Pewter Report
Check out's Most Disappointing list after the Tampa Bay Bucs' 31-24 loss against the New Orleans Saints on Christmas Eve.'s Most Impressive: Buccaneers at Saints
The Bucs lost to the Saints 31-24 in New Orleans Saturday, but read which players graded out as the Most Impressive, according to

2-Point Conversion: Losing Brate Was A Killer For Bucs In Loss To Saints | Pewter Report

Doug Martin of Tampa Bay Buccaneers a healthy scratch against New Orleans Saints
The Buccaneers deactivated running back Doug Martin on Saturday against the New Orleans Saints in what team officials called a coach's decision.

Bucs' playoff chances look slim after loss to Saints - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Buccaneers' loss combined with a Falcons victory means the NFC South is no longer within reach and they face long odds for a wild-card spot.

Tampa Bay Bucs players admit being surprised by Doug Martin benching - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Jacquizz Rodgers stepped in as the primary running back, as Doug Martin was a healthy scratch for the Bucs' loss in New Orleans.

Falling short shows Buccaneers' offense needs to improve - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Bucs made strides in 2016, but they'll need more offensive firepower to contend in the NFC South division moving forward.

Tom Jones: This loss will haunt Bucs the most | Tampa Bay Times
NEW ORLEANS — When the autopsy of the 2016 Bucs season is performed, you will discover several pivotal moments as to why they came up short of the playoffs.

Bucs on brink of elimination after 31-24 loss to Saints | Tampa Bay Times
NEW ORLEANS — Jameis Winston had the will, but once again he couldn't find a way. No way to score more than a touchdown in the first half. No way to keep from throwing two interceptions or from losing a second straight game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New Orleans Saints: Bucs' Evans regains TD touch | Tampa Bay Times
NEW ORLEANS — After three games without a touchdown, Bucs WR Mike Evans was back in the end zone Saturday in a 31-24 loss to the Saints.

Bucs-Saints: Grading the Bucs' 31-24 loss | Tampa Bay Times
NEW ORLEANS — First, Merry Christmas.

By the numbers: Breaking down Bucs' loss to Saints | Tampa Bay Times
A by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 31-24 loss to the Saints:123