Expect A Late-Sunday Playoff Game

December 28th, 2020

Joe wants to help everyone be 100 percent ready for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first playoff game in forever.

You know, ordering a tray from your local Hooters or filling your fridge with Florida’s best craft beer takes at least a little planning.

NBC Sports‘ longtime NFL insider and chief pontificator, Peter King, wrote this morning in his column that fans should expect the NFL’s TV network to place the Bucs in a prime Sunday slot (January 10) on the new wild card weekend that will feature six games.

I think it’ll be interesting to see how the league balances the Wild-Card Weekend TV schedule. Three games Saturday and three Sunday—roughly the same each day, with 1:05 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. ET and 8:15 p.m. ET starts—for the first time this year. It used to be two each day. With the NFL selling the last two Sunday slots to the highest bidders, I would expect Tom Brady and the Bucs to be playing in either the Sunday late-afternoon or evening window.

Man, this gave Joe the chills.

Nothing will official until the weekend.

Imagine the Bucs in that final playoff game of Wild Card weekend. What an excruciating Sunday wait that will be. Joe probably will be checking the time every 11 minutes.

Joe’s also fired up for the energy that will be pumping at the covered outdoor watch event (and indoors) at Big Storm Brewery in Clearwater. What a great season of game-watching it’s been there with fired up Bucs fans and Ira Kaufman.


38 Responses to “Expect A Late-Sunday Playoff Game”

  1. Deminion Says:

    It’s going to be awesome and stressful.. I forgot the intensity of it

  2. JA Says:

    Can’t get a straight answer on the playoff picture. Why were the Bucs listed as the #5 seed going into yesterday’s game when they had the same record as the Rams and the Rams beat the Bucs head to head?
    If that was an error and the Rams win and the Bucs lose this week, that would pit the Bucs against, most likely, Seattle.
    If the Bucs need to win or have the Rams lose, why in hell would you rest your starters when the 5 seed plays the NFC winner.
    Don’t know about you, but I’d rather play Washington, Dallas or the Giants before Seattle.
    Remember, the Rams play after the Bucs this week. Unless I’m wrong, the Falcons game should be taken seriously.

  3. Gofortheface30 Says:

    NFL is no different from any other sport in that regard. It’s a superstar driven league. Tom Brady brought the extra juice, and it’s shined some extra light on other Bucs stars like Mike Evans and Lavonte David. I am happy for the Bucs home grown stars to be a part of this and it’s nice for the entire city in general to be THE marquee team, THE team the networks want. And no matter what happens the rest of this year, the Bucs will be the overwhelming favorites next year. Let’s enjoy the ride

  4. John Sinclear Says:

    Late game, night game? I hope not. It is past Brady’s bedtime, and the Bucs have a lousy record in night games. Rather have the 1 PM game, when they are awake and rested.

  5. FactTeller Says:

    Bucs were 10 -5 and Rams were 9-5 at start of yesterday thats why. Rams are now 9-6 and Bucs had they won they would’ve been 5 seed.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I don’t care who we play, where we play, what time we play or what the temperature is…..we have to trust the experience of Tom Brady to get us a win.

  7. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Late is not good, too much anxiety for the newbies

  8. Allbuccedup Says:

    Night game against the Seahawks would be worse case scenario.

  9. Bibfortuna Says:

    Is/isn’t there a mask policy at the Big storm brewery, Joe?

  10. Joe Says:

    The Bucs (Tom Brady and friends) against an NFC East team screams “late window/primetime.”

  11. adam from ny Says:

    hope they give us the 5th game…

    we are the 5th seed so give us the 5th game…

    4:30 on sunday is perfect…

    i’d like to avoid another night game blunder

  12. Joe Says:

    Is/isn’t there a mask policy at the Big storm brewery, Joe?

    Yes, same as the State of Florida allows/requires and all good eateries like Big Storm adhere to.

  13. JA Says:


    There must be something wrong with your facts. If, “at the start of yesterday,” the Bucs had played 15 games (10—5, like you said) their season would be over after the Detroit win. No team plays 17 games.
    Before “the start of yesterday” both teams were 9—5.

  14. Mike C Says:

    Ja, the Bucs played Saturday……

  15. alton green Says:

    all these responses remind me of one of my favorite sayings. “if a frog had wings, it wouldn’t bump its a&^! well, it doesn’t have wings. Saturday Curley, Larry and Moe gave the keys to Tompa. I pray that they don’t get on an ego trip and sing a Frank Sinatra song

  16. alton green Says:

    EVERYBODY go back and watch the last 5 minutes of Superbowl XXXVl, Tompa’s first year as a starter. Do y’all really think he is talking bout “what if this happens, what if that happens” I’m sure he’s sleeping like a baby……..with Gisele haha

  17. Elita Vita Says:

    Bucs need to practice later in the day if this is the case.

  18. SKBucsFan Says:

    I would rather they focus on the upcoming game against Atlanta. There is a big difference in the caliber of opponents if you are #5 or #6. Use it as another test of your 60 minute game plan.

  19. Iamabuc Says:

    Mr. Brooks, you lied to us. You said you were gonna bring out the victory cigar if we won in style. What happened ?

  20. Iamabuc Says:

    Mr. Brooks, you lied to us. You said you were gonna bring out the victory cigar if we won in style. What happened ?….lol

  21. Pewter Power Says:

    Bucs in a prime time game possibly at night hmmm what could go wrong

  22. chris L Says:

    if dallas wins the nfc east, them and the bucs will be a big draw. personally i would rather the bucs play on saturday or saturday night. i dont want them having to travel late on sunday elsewhere in a really late game and then lose out on rest on who we have to play the following week.

  23. orlbucfan Says:

    I wish it would start at 1PM cos they’re at home, and haven’t done well in the late nighters. Plus, I want to listen to the whole game. Watch out for Atlanta, is Julio Jones playing?

  24. JA Says:

    Mike C

    My bad. I was going by the week #, not the day.
    Guess my viewing of the #5 seed playoff picture had already accounted for for the Bucs 1/2 game lead for 24 hours.
    Damn, it’s tough getting old. Apologies also to FactTeller.

    Well, I had to err sometime this year. Glad I waited until day 361 to commit one. LOL.

  25. Curse of Gruden Says:

    You had a good run this year, JA.

  26. Ant Says:

    Night game would be the worst. The teams hasn’t had their best outings in those slots. Crossing my fingers for the first or middle slot

  27. Bucs_Fan_Orlando Says:


    Do you have any insights if the Redskins will allow bucs fan to witness in person the slaughter? They haven’t allowed fans, trying to see if we could go to the game but nothing out there yet.

    Would love to go to the game, should be a good one.

  28. Jerry Says:

    Might not even be Washington. Could still be Dallas or New York that wins the east.

    And of course we could also lose to the Falcons and fall to the 6th seed and have to travel to Seattle.

  29. Roy T. Buford Says:

    If the Bucs WAS or NYG, they SHOULD be in the early slot, with NO and SEA (or GB) game in the afternoon and evening, Yup, I’d rather stick with Sunday at 1pm.

  30. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Lol.. love it arguing over hypotheticals

  31. Rob Tanner Says:

    My only question is for Joe, why every 11 minutes and not a nice even number like 10 or odd number like 15? You went with 11 and I’m just curious why. Thank you for responding in advance!

  32. Gofortheface30 Says:

    You guys with your micro penis mentalities. Oh nossssss not a night game. Omg I don’t wanna do a night game that’s so scary. Get over it. To co quiet your demons you must face them. If you want to win the Super Bowl, we’ll guess what – that mfer ain’t being played at 1pm on a Sunday ok

  33. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Bucs vs Cowboys , Brady vs Jerryworld- that’s primetime ratings

  34. unbelievable Says:

    afternoon game = okay
    night game = past Tommy’s bed time

    Hope it’s not too late

  35. Bucfan81 Says:

    we suck in prime time night games. Put us at 1pm please.

  36. Brad Says:

    Could you imagine the rating for a Brady vs Cowboys playoff game

  37. FoolDrool55 Says:


    LMFAO!!!! That’s some funny sh:+

  38. Suk sandhu Says:

    I’m from Canada. I will be traveling to Dallas