NFC EAST AFC EAST Dallas 12-4 Miami 11-4-1 Philadelphia 10-6 NY Jets 10-5-1 NY Giants 9-7 Buffalo 10-6 Washington 8-8 Baltimore 2-14 St.Louis 7-9 New England 2-14 NFC CENTRAL AFC CENTRAL Tampa Bay 9-7 Cincinnati 12-4 Detroit 8-8 Pittsburgh 8-8 Green Bay 8-8 Houston 7-9 Minnesota 7-9 Cleveland 5-11 Chicago 6-10 AFC WEST NFC WEST San Diego 10-6 San Francisco 13-3 Denver 10-6 Atlanta 7-9 Kansas City 9-7 LA Rams 6-10 Oakland 7-9 New Orleans 4-12 Seattle 6-10 WILD CARD GAME WILD CARD GAME NY Giants 27 Philadelphia 21 Buffalo 31 NY Jets 27 DIVISIONAL GAMES DIVISIONAL GAMES Dallas 38 Tampa Bay 0 San Diego 41 Miami 38 San Francisco 38 NY Giants 24 Cincinnati 28 Buffalo 21 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP AFC CHAMPIONSHIP San Francisco 28 Dallas 27 Cincinnati 27 San Diego 7 SUPER BOWL XVI  at the Silverdome, Detroit San Francisco 26 Cincinnati 21
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After the disappointment of 1980, the Bucs won their second division title in three years with a thrilling winner-takes-all success in Detroit on the final day of the season. They got hammered by the Cowboys when they got to the post-season but John McKay's defense had done it when it counted and the Doug Williams- led offense was a ton better than the 1981 division-title winning version.
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