The next opponent for the Detroit Lions in the 2023 NFL Playoffs will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the four seed this year in the NFC. The Buccaneers are coming off a convincing victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, knocking off the reigning and defending NFC Champions from a year ago.
After winning their third consecutive NFC South title, Tampa Bay proved their team was much more than just the product of Tom Brady picking Florida on his way to retirement. Baker Mayfield helped the Bucs defy the low expectations set for them this season—their preseason O/U was set at 6.5 wins—and a defense that stayed steady, posting the 14th-best team defense DVOA (14th against the pass, 8th against the run).
This is the third rematch of a regular season matchup for this year’s divisional round, as the Lions and Buccaneers met in Tampa Bay in a Week 6 contest that saw Detroit come away with a 20-6 victory and push their record to 5-1. The loss would send the Bucs into a midseason tailspin as Tampa Bay lost four in a row to drop their record to 3-5 before rebounding with five victories in six weeks to wrap up the division and season with a 9-8 record.
The Lions and Buccaneers will play at 3 p.m. ET. on Sunday, Jan. 21 at Ford Field with a chance to be one of the final four remaining and a spot in the NFC Conference Championship on the line.
Here’s a look at the entire divisional round bracket and schedule:
Saturday, Jan. 20
Sunday, Jan. 21
3 p.m. ET — Buccaneers (4) at Lions (3) — NBC
6:30 p.m. ET — Chiefs (3) at Bills (2) — CBS