The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a miracle to make the playoffs in 2012.
After losing on the final play against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14, the Bucs find themselves at 6-7 and in 11th place in the NFC. In order for the Bucs to be one of the conference's six playoff teams, they need two things to happen.
They must be perfect the rest of the way and need the teams ahead of them to lose at least two of their final three games in order to win the playoff tiebreakers, per league tie-breaking procedures.
If the Bucs can put together wins against the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons to finish with a 9-7 record, they could still find themselves in the playoffs and finish as high as the fifth seed in the NFC.
Let’s take a look at the complicated symphony required for the Bucs to pass the five teams that currently stand between them and the postseason.