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NFL Playoffs

January 17, 2003

TAMPA BAY (13-4)

at PHILADELPHIA (13-4)

Facts: Sunday, noon PST, Ch. 11

Line: Eagles by 4

Last meeting: Eagles won, 20-10, on Oct. 20 at Philadelphia.

Key stats: Buccaneers led NFL with turnover differential of plus-17.

Worth watching: Buccaneers' Brad Johnson led the NFC in passing, throwing 22 TD passes vs. six interceptions. Eagles' Donovan McNabb was third, throwing 17 TD passes vs. six interceptions.

Outlook: Here's the matchup that counts: The Eagles have the NFL's No. 4-ranked defense, the Buccaneers' offense is 24th. Tampa Bay may be able to stop McNabb from putting up big numbers, but he won't have to. Forecast is for temperatures in the 20s, and Tampa Bay hasn't won when it's that cold.

Terry Bannon's pick: Eagles 20, Buccaneers 17.

*--* HOW THEY MATCH UP CATEGORY TB PHI Total offense 312.6 (24) 350.3 (10) Scoring offense 21.6 (18) 25.9 (4) Rushing offense 97.3 (27) 138.8 (7) Passing offense 215.3 (15) 211.5 (19) Total defense 252.8 (1) 297.1 (4) Scoring defense 12.3 (1) 15.1 (2) Rushing defense 97.1 (5) 103.8 (9) Passing defense 155.6 (1) 193.4 (7) Note: Regular-season statistics (NFL rank in parentheses)

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