Bucs win NFC South for third-straight year, clinch playoff berth

It was far from beautiful, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to the playoffs.

The team won a very rough game against the Carolina Panthers 9-0, and in doing so, punched their ticket to the playoffs and won the division for a third straight year. This will be Tampa Bay’s fourth-straight playoff appearance, the longest active streak of its kind in the NFC.

The Bucs are locked in as the No. 4 seed in the NFC and will face either the Dallas Cowboys or the Philadelphia Eagles next week. The team will play at home at Raymond James Stadium on either Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

The team bested the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons to the division title, who were both alive for the win heading into Week 18. Despite the Saints winning and moving to 9-8, the Bucs advance to the playoffs via common opponent.

Story originally appeared on Buccaneers Wire