Can a year where the Bucs tripled their win total from 2014 be seen as a disappointment? Quite possibly yes after missing out on victory opportunities at Houston and Washington and then losing their final four games having gotten back to the .500 mark at 6-6. But there were many positives from the season including the arrival of a franchise QB on the stage in the form of Jameis Winston who showed the necessary leadership on and off the field. The Bucs also hit on their two second round pick offensive linemen and 4th rounder Kwon Alexander was another draft success. But it was not enough to save Lovie Smith’s job and he was fired as head coach three days after the end of the season.
NFC EASTWashington 9-7Philadelphia7-9NY Giants6-10Dallas4-12NFC NORTHMinnesota11-5Green Bay10-6Detroit7-9Chicago6-10NFC SOUTHCarolina14-2Atlanta8-8New Orleans7-9Tampa Bay6-10NFC WESTArizona13-3Seattle10-6St.Louis7-9San Francisco5-11WILD CARD GAMESSeattle 10 Minnesota 9Green Bay 35 Washington 18DIVISIONAL GAMESCarolina 31 Seattle 24Arizona 26 Green Bay 20CHAMPIONSHIP GAMECarolina 49 Arizona 15
AFC EASTNew England12-4NY Jets10-6Buffalo8-8Miami6-10AFC NORTHCincinnati12-4Pittsburgh10-6Baltimore5-11Cleveland3-13AFC SOUTHHouston9-7Indianapolis8-8Jacksonville5-11Tennessee3-13AFC WESTDenver12-4Kansas City11-5Oakland7-9San Diego4-12WILD CARD GAMESKansas City 30 Houston 0Pittsburgh 18 Cincinnati 16DIVISIONAL GAMESNew England 27 Kansas City 20Denver 23 Pittsburgh 16CHAMPIONSHIP GAMEDenver 20 New England 18
SUPER BOWL 50 at Levi’s Stadium, Santa ClaraDenver Broncos 24 Carolina Panthers 10