In light of the Golden State Warriors playing their last game at the Oracle Arena in the NBA Finals before moving to a new stadium, Pro Football Talk put a football spin on it and picked the most memorable NFL games to close out the stadium, where an infamous Bucs game was brought up.

Joining Mike Florio for this segment was Dan “Big Cat” Katz from Barstool Sports and the podcast Pardon My Take, where the two took turns making their choices.

Katz had the first overall pick, and with his second selection picked the Bucs historic 27-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship to close down the Vet in 2003.

The Bucs exercised their demons that game as they could not overcome the Eagles in the past, losing to them in the playoffs in the previous two seasons, and also in the regular season. The game was sealed on the infamous Ronde Barber pick six with 3:25 remaining in the game.

You can watch the entire segment here.

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  1. One of best moments as a Bucs fan for sure.

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  2. One of my proudest moments as a Bucs fan. I still get angry when I think about the fact that we lost to them 2 years in a row with Donovan Mcnabb as the QB. We should have had more championships than the one we got, and yes I am being Bratty. But Its what drove me nuts with Tony Dungy constantly trotting Shawn King out there trying not to loose instead of going for the jugular. I used to get tired of watching us win games 15 – 9 with grammatica going 5 for 5 on field goals. Thank goodness somebody had the guts to pull the trigger on the Gruden trade because we never would have gotten the one Ring if not. Oh how I miss the good ole days!!!

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  3. No doubt that was one of the greatest ends to any stadium and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of assholes.

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  4. I watched it live from S Korea at 5 am in the morning. It was fantastic.

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  5. Agreed Captain Sly, I could never understand why we could even get a decent Veteran QB like Johnson 5 years earlier and won 4 more Super Bowls. Our Defense won every single game for us for 10 years while our Offense was last in the League, it was The most Amazing and painful time in our History all at once Hahaha. That season was just Destiny, nothing could stop us. That moment was Single most Epic Moment of that HoF Defense.

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  6. Just want us to have a defense like we did back then again, hope Bowles can make it happen!

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  7. A fantastic memory, and the win went a long way to justify replacing Dungy with Gruden and other costs involved (draft picks, etc).

    Often forgotten is the 71-yard catch by Joe Jurevicius by Brad Johnson to set up an early TD. Touchdowns had always been scarce for us during Dungy-led playoff games before Gruden.

    Thanks for sharing this…….good times! Go Bucs!

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  8. Demons, curses, mysterious spells.
    Why is it that brain dead sportswriters can ‘t conjure up the real reason teams lose.
    It ‘s not some mystical reason why a team loses, it’s much more simpler than that.
    The losing tea usually got out coached or outplayed by the other team that had smarter coaches or better players.
    But fans have seen that out of world experience happen quite often around here.
    And when did losing two games again another team in the playoffs manifest into demons.
    Geeeeesh.
    No wonder coaches despise sportwriters.

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  9. Seat26, loved reading your comment and your commitment to the team.

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  10. I was at that game. Agreed on the Jurevicius catch and run.

    Another was Keyshawn’s TD. The Iggles fans were out for blood after Brad’s INT, so much shouting and noise it was like they were about to release the lions at a Roman gladiator match!

    Key scoring, after being pelted with ‘Keyshawn sucks’ chants earlier in the game, and then throwing the ball at an Eagles banner hanging on the wall was a HUGE moment for the team, it said we came here to win and to me turned the emotional tide.

    When Ronde made the pick my wife jumped up with her hands in the air, then realizing what she had done quickly feigned confusion about what had happened on the field. The stands where we were sitting completely emptied out before the next play.

    It’s my favorite football moment, better even that the Super Bowl which we were also lucky enough to attend, a day that was perfect in every way.

    I will forever be thankful for Gruden. As others have posted, if not for him we never would have gotten over the hump and the years of Kiffin’s dominating defense would have been wasted. If you don’t believe that take a closer look at how many new players were on ‘Dungy’s team’ when we won it.

    The path from where we sit today seems long and uncertain but hopefully the Bucs are able to catch lightning in a bottle one more time for some of the old timers on this site. Go Bucs!

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  11. i was at the super bowl and would have voted Gruden for president. It fell apart after Kiffin said he was leaving to be with his son. The defense fell apart

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  12. The screams could be heard across the whole neighborhood and throughout the bay area. We all remember where we were when Ronde made the interception. The Eagles fans exited the stadium faster than the famous pick-6. My wife was on the phone making hotel reservations in San Diego. We already had airline tickets because I was so prophetic with my November hunch that the Bucs were going to the Super Bowl. With only a week between the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl that year, making travel plans and getting game tickets wasn’t an easy task, but we pulled it off. Great memory.

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  13. Drdneast, I am from the Tampa Bay area, I just happened to be in S Korea at the time. It took some doing to find a TV that was broadcasting the game. But given the opportunity, I would never have missed the opportunity. When Barber ran back that interception, I thought it was the greatest moment in Buc History.

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  14. Florio says it would have been more memorable if the home team won because who cares about the Buccaneers. I don’t know Mike. It was pretty damn memorable for all the Bucs fans that dealt with so many years of losing and capping off the team that seemed to have our number by exiting us from the playoffs the two previous seasons . The Bucs fans care, Mike, they care.

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  15. Biggest play in Bucs history imo

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  16. Definitely the biggest play in Bucs history, IMO.. Can’t say I’ve ever screamed that loud in my life.. Such a good memory..

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  17. Something else interesting about that game was the temperature was below freezing and all I kept hearing was “the Bucs have never one a game when the temperature was at or below freezing”. I remember being so nervous because something always seemed to go wrong in those moments but I guess it was our time. Here’s to our Bucs making another memory. Go Bucs!!!

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  18. The best part we followed it by beating them in their new stadium the next year, curse broken and buried.

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  19. I agree one of the Greatest moments in our history. That defense should have @ least 3 rings. I never understood why Dungy didn’t build an Off. something close to what Noll had in Pittsburgh. Kinda the recent story of this franchise 3 years late on tuff decisions. Worst to first in 4 years during true expansion is my greatest moment. Truthfully I expected a dynasty out of the Dungy led era. Gruden should trade should not have needed to happen. He got a Florida State back up & little magic dust here & there. Challenged a Defense to score 9+ touchdowns then OMG we won a Lombardi trophy. Gruden made it look easy, because it was. Ole silver fox did something much harder from 76-79 during old fashion expansion, with a then new defense for Pro football called the 3-4 & DW under center which was not popular pick in the seventies, could have been 80’s dynasty.

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  20. I remember it well! Why because I was there! As soon as it happened about 10 rows in front of me Bucs flags were flying! I wore by Bucs jersey! Great memories!

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  21. The Barber INT is the single greatest play in Bucs history. I can’t think of another one that comes close.

    “The Bucs exercised their demons that game as they could not overcome the Eagles in the past, losing to them in the playoffs in the previous two seasons, and also in the regular season.”

    @Matt Matera BTW It’s “exorcised” unless you meant to say that the Bucs had their demons doing jumping jacks and push-ups. Sorry, I don’t usually correct typos but I am holding you to a higher standard since you’re a professional writer.

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  22. I agree with “What the Buc”

    living in PA, in the middle of Eagle country, being able to ask Eagle fans “who closed down the VET and opened the Linc?” is priceless!

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  23. I don’t think you’re bratty, should have definitely beat the greatest show on turf when we lost 11-6 and from that game the Bert Emmanuel rule came about….Shaun King was our QB….that just shows you how good that defense was.

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  24. I know the SB win was the best ending you could ask for. But to me, I thought this was the SB. That will always be my favorite moment as a Bucs fan! Ronde untouched for the pick six, pointing to his name as he’s jogging past the 30 yard line towards the end zone. After that moment, to me, the SB was a lock. Felt the same way when Marlin Jackson picked off Brady to send the Colts to the SB. It was a given the Colts were gonna beat the Bears. I can watch that Ronde pick six over and over again!

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  25. Mwestdominguez, totally agree. That defense to me is still the best defense I ever saw. They were absolutely better than the Ravens defense. From 99-02 they were as dominate a defense as you’ll ever find. And to me, their 99 defense was the best of them all, and not their 02 defense. They went into STL on the turf against( at the time) the best offense in the history of the league, and held
    them to 11 points and 309 yards of offense, while forcing 3 TO’s. Faulk was putting up video game numbers and he was held to 2.6 ypc and 3 catches for 5 yards. Warner was picked off 3 times. 1 friggen TD and the Bucs win that game. I’ll never get over that game. Never. For all the Pats homers who tried saying that Belichick figured out how to shut down the greatest show on turf in the SB…no the Bucs did that 3 years prior. Please

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