The Buccaneers have secured the No.2 seed and will face the Eagles in the Wild Card Round. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially secured the No.2 seed in the upcoming 2022 NFL Playoffs thanks to a 41-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers and a Los Angeles Rams loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 18.
The Buccaneers will host the Eagles in the Wild Card round on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as their seeding is now set in stone. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will begin their quest for a second consecutive Super Bowl title against the Eagles, whom they defeated earlier this season at Lincoln Financial Field by a score of 28-22.
The teams have met four times in the playoffs, splitting the series 2-2, with the most recent meeting occurring in 2003. Below is the complete NFL Playoff seeding for 2022.
Why are the Buccaneers the second seed?
Buccaneers earn No.2 seed, will host Eagles in wild-card round Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers and received some help in the NFC playoff race. After defeating their NFC South rivals 41-17 at home, the Bucs received help from the San Francisco 49ers, who defeated the Los Angeles Rams in overtime to propel them to the No.2 seed in the NFC playoff race.
The Los Angeles Rams have eliminated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the NFC playoffs in a thriller. The Rams prevailed, 30-27, on a 30-yard field goal by kicker Matt Gay as time expired.
Is Tampa Bay Rays eliminated from the playoffs?
The Tampa Bay Rays became the first team eliminated from the 2022 postseason Saturday afternoon. Oscar Gonzalez and the Cleveland Guardians walked Tampa off in Game 2 of the new best-of-three Wild Card Series, and the Rays managed just one run in the two games.
It was a solo homer by No.9 hitter Jose Siri on Friday. Yep, that’s a recipe for a quick postseason exit. More than anything, the Rays were done in by an underpowered offense in 2022. The pitching was not quite as dominant as previous years (ninth in park-adjusted ERA and 13th in WAR), but it wasn’t terrible.
The offense ranked 21st in runs per game and 25th in home runs. Last year they were second in runs per game and won 100 games. This year they were 21st and won 86 games. The offense stumbled most down the stretch. Tampa scored no more than one run in nine of their final 17 regular season games, and only four times in those 17 games did they score more than three runs.
And those were important games in a postseason race and that could have given the Rays home-field advantage in the Wild Card Series. They weren’t playing out the string, and yet they were still unable to muster much offense despite a heightened sense of urgency. Injuries limited Brandon Lowe, Tampa’s top power threat, to 65 games and Wander Franco to 83 games.
Ji-Man Choi and Francisco Mejia disappointed, and only three – three! – players had double digit home runs: Randy Arozarena and Isaac Paredes each hit 20 and Choi had 11. Their top four home run hitters ( Yandy Díaz had nine) combined to hit two fewer home runs than Aaron Judge,
|BA system rank||PA||AVG/OBP/SLG||OPS+||HR||WAR|
|IF Jonathan Aranda||No.20||87||,192/.276/.321||75||2||-0.1|
|IF/OF Vidal Brujan||No.3||162||,163/.228/.259||43||3||-0.6|
|OF Joshua Lowe||No.2||198||,221/.284/.343||83||2||0.2|
|IF Taylor Walls||N/A*||466||,172/.268/.285||63||8||2.5|
Baseball America ranked Walls as Tampa’s No.15 prospect last year. He just narrowly exceeded the MLB rookie limits in 2021 and technically was not a prospect in 2022, though he certainly wasn’t an established big leaguer. Brujan and Lowe were top-100 prospects coming into 2022, and while Aranda was the No.20 prospect in the system in spring training, he had a breakout year and climbed to No.5 in August,
- Walls was excellent defensively, but there is a minimum acceptable standard on offense, and he didn’t meet it.
- Simply put, the Rays didn’t get enough help from within, especially offensively.
- To be clear, this does not mean Aranda, Brujan, et al are busts.
- Even the most talented players can need a few hundred at-bats to find their way in this league and they’re all still so young.
There’s plenty of time to figure it out. This just means the Rays leaned on their system to plug some holes this past season and it didn’t work. In 2022, the kids were net negative. Where does that leave the Rays heading into the offseason? Here are the three biggest questions facing the organization following their Wild Card Series exit.