As fans hold their breath to find out whether the Buccaneers can win a Super Bowl title this season, it is a good time to look back at some of Tampa Bay’s most memorable victories. Here is our selection of the top four Bucs’ wins ever.
December 28, 1997
After Barry Sanders had carved up the Tampa Bay defense earlier in the year, few expected the Bucs to win when they faced the Detroit Lions in the NFC wild card playoffs in 1997, despite the Bucs playing to a home crowd. But with incredible performances by both Horace Copeland and Mike Alstott, the Buccaneers managed to win the game, 20-10. It was coach Tony Dungy’s first playoff victory, and needless to say, Bucs fans were just as jubilant with the win as Dungy. Will Bucs fans be cheering again this season? There is real hope that the Buccaneers will reach the playoffs, but only time will tell if that hope becomes a reality. To catch up on all the latest Bucs and NFL news, check out the Casumo Sportsbook, which includes Casumo betting odds for the NFL and all other major sports.
December 11, 1977
No one wants to be reminded of the 1976 and 1977 seasons. The Bucs lost 26 games in a row, which was the longest losing streak since the AFL–NFL merger of 1970. However, it needs to be pointed out to show you just how incredible the Bucs’ comeback game was. Tampa Bay headed to New Orleans for its final away game of the season. It was not long before Tampa Bay was dominating the game, and built a 26-0 lead. Despite the Saints’ Archie Manning throwing two touchdowns late, it did not matter. The Bucs defense stood firm, and Tampa Bay went on to defeat the Saints, 33-14.
January 19, 2003
Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium had been like kryptonite to the Buccaneers before they managed to turn things around during a 2002 NFC Championship Game on the run-up to the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay had already crushed the San Francisco 49ers during the playoffs, and the Bucs were no longer the underdogs of the competition. The victory at the Veterans Stadium seemed unlikely early on, as the Eagles quickly gained a 7-0 lead. The Bucs then managed a field goal, and the defense held, which led to one of the most memorable plays in Buccaneer history. Jon Gruden put Joe Jurevicius in and quarterback Brad Johnson hit him in stride for a 71-yard gain. Alstott plunged into the end zone and scored the first Bucs’ touchdown in Philadelphia in more than a decade. From that point on, the Pewter Pirates dominated the game, sealing the victory with a Ronde Barber pick-six that covered 92 yards. The Bucs won 27-10, and their pathway to the Super Bowl XXXVII was secured.
January 26, 2003
There can only be one Bucs win that is the most memorable of all time. Yes, as all Tampa Bay fans know, the Buccaneers captured their first and only Super Bowl championship during the 2002 season. In Super Bowl XXXVII, the Bucs defeated the Oakland Raiders, 48-21. It probably helped that new Gruden had coached the Raiders the year before, as it meant he knew the team’s strengths and weaknesses inside out. But without the superb defense, which was surely one of the greatest defensive performances ever seen at the Super Bowl, and the outstanding offense performances, Gruden may not have pulled off the victory. By halftime, the Bucs had dominated the game to give them a 20-3 lead. And it was not long before the Buccaneers were dominating the second half as well. They blew the Raiders away with five interceptions, including three pick-sixes, to be crowned champions.