It's hard to look back at the 2009 NFL season and find many positives. A lockout was on the horizon, numerous misses in the draft class and the majority of new coaching and general manager hires fizzled.
Tampa Bay's playoff chances wilted away with a five-game losing streak late in the season. But the Buccaneers should enter the offseason on a relatively happy note thanks to Sunday's 22-17 win over the NFC's No. 1 seed, Atlanta.
For the fifth consecutive week, Tampa Bay fell. For Bucs fans who were already frustrated with QB Josh Freeman, Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Rams did nothing to convince them that Freeman can lead this franchise to better things in the years to come.
Tampa Bay is certainly out of playoff contention, and if Sunday's 41-0 loss to the Saints is any indication, the Buccaneers may just be done competing altogether in 2012. The Bucs showed no fight in the blowout loss.
Losing on the last play of the game was bad enough for Tampa Bay. Watching essentially every major rival for the NFC's wild-card spots pick up wins meant Sunday's loss to the Eagles all but ended the Bucs' postseason hopes.