Tampa Bay Buccaneers to face New Orleans Saints in NFL Divisional Round

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The Bucs beat the Washington Football Team 31-23 Saturday night

WHAT’S NEXT?

The New Orleans Saints will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the Divisional Round Sunday, Jan. 17 at 6:40 p.m.

GALLERY OF GAME PICTURES:

FOURTH QUARTER: 31-23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

THIRD QUARTER: 18-16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

SECOND QUARTER: 18-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FIRST QUARTER: 9-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Countdown begins for Buccaneers, Washington Wild Card game

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — We’re just over an hour until kickoff for the Buccaneers-Washington Wild Card game.

Washington Football Team’s Alex Smith will not be in uniform Saturday night against Tampa Bay. Taylor Heinicke starts at quarterback against Tom Brady and the Bucs. Smith’s strained right calf didn’t respond to treatment enough for him to even take part in the QB rotation with Heinicke that coach Ron Rivera was contemplating.

The 36-year-old Smith had significantly reduced mobility last weekend in a victory at Philadelphia because of the injury that caused him to miss the previous two games.

Heinicke is making his playoff debut just over a month since Washington signed him to the practice squad. He has just one regular-season start and seven games of experience on his resume.

Brady will be looking to add to his six-time Super Bowl champion legacy playing his 42nd NFL playoff game and first not in a New England Patriots uniform.

The Buccaneers have many advantages, and it’ll likely take Washington’s pass rush getting to Brady early and often to have a chance.

Stick with News Channel 8 for the latest updates on the game.

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