Tampa Bay's list of possible playoff opponents was trimmed down Saturday after the No. 6 seeded Atlanta Falcons upset the No. 3 seeded Green Bay Packers in convincing fashion, 27-7.
Atlanta's win means they will automatically travel to Philadelphia next weekend to play the No. 1 seeded Eagles.
Tampa Bay will host the winner of the New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers game next weekend at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants and 49ers will clash Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
BUCS HAVE FIVE STARTERS IN PRO BOWL:
A few weeks ago, Tampa Bay had five players voted to the 2003 Pro Bowl, and on Saturday, the Bucs learned all five players would start in that contest, which will be played on February 2 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Bucs fullback Mike Alstott, linebacker Derrick Brooks, safety John Lynch, defensive end Simeon Rice and defensive tackle Warren Sapp will all start at their respective positions for the NFC all-star team.
FIVE BUCS NAMED TO AP ALL-PRO TEAM:
The Associated Press All-Pro Teams were announced Saturday and five Tampa Bay players were selected.
All five players are Bucs defenders. Linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive Simeon Rice and defensive tackle were all selected to the AP First Team. Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber and safety John Lynch were both chosen for the Second Team.
TAMPA BAY PURCHASES SPOT FOR NEW TRAINING FACILITY:
Tampa Bay has practiced at One Buccaneer Place since 1976, but the team might have plans to move its headquarters down the road a few years from now.
The Buccaneers recently purchased the Tampa Bay Center mall, which is located across the street from the team's home stadium – Raymond James Stadium. The team is expected to build a new training facility on the 80-acre location, but it might also be used for extra game-day parking.
Tampa Bay had its efforts to break ground on a new training facility in New Tampa halted a few months ago due to zoning ordinances.
The Buccaneers held its 2002 training camp at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando and the team is expected to exercise an option for a second year with the Disney Wide World of Sports facility next season.
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