NFC EASTAFC EASTNY Giants12-4Miami11-5Philadelphia9-6-1New England11-5Dallas9-7NY Jets9-7Washington8-8Buffalo7-9NFC NORTHAFC NORTHMinnesota10-6Pittsburgh12-4Chicago9-7Baltimore11-5Green Bay6-10Cincinnati4-11-1Detroit0-16Cleveland4-12NFC SOUTHAFC SOUTHCarolina12-4Tennessee13-3Atlanta9-7Indianapolis12-4Tampa Bay9-7Houston8-8New Orleans8-8Jacksonville5-11NFC WESTAFC WESTArizona9-7San Diego8-8San Francisco7-9Denver8-8Seattle4-12Oakland5-11St.Louis2-14Kansas City2-14WILD CARD GAMESWILD CARD GAMESArizona 30 Atlanta 24Baltimore 27 Miami 9Philadelphia 26 Minnesota 14San Diego 23 Indianapolis 17DIVISIONAL GAMESDIVISIONAL GAMESArizona 33 Carolina 13Baltimore 13 Tennessee 10Philadelphia 23 NY Giants 11Pittsburgh 35 San Diego 24NFC CHAMPIONSHIPAFC CHAMPIONSHIPArizona 32 Philadelphia 25Pittsburgh 23 Baltimore 14SUPER BOWL XLIII at Raymond James Stadium, TampaPittsburgh 27
Not having won a playoff game since Super Bowl XXXVII was beginning to bug fans and owners alike in Tampa as the 2008 season unfolded. But despite some offensive problems in the redzone, the Bucs found themselves 9-3 and in control of their own destiny for home field advantage. What no-one expected was a four-game losing streak that saw the once-proud Tampa defense get run all over. And less than a month later, Jon Gruden's reign as head coach came to an end.