In the NFL’s latest effort to keep up with modern times and use the Internet as medium for football, the league will post the network broadcasts of three classic games for each team on YouTube this summer.
Five games were chosen for all 32 teams before fans voted which three would ultimately go online, as reported by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. Voting began June 20 and ended Tuesday.
Bucs fans selected Super Bowl XXXVII (surprise, surprise) with 43 percent of the vote, the NFC Championship against the Eagles that preceded the Super Bowl victory, which got 29 percent, and the Monday Night thriller – a 38-35 victory at Ray Jay – against the then-Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in 2000. The third and final broadcast, featuring Shaun King’s 29-yard scramble off a broken play in the fourth quarter, received 14 percent of the vote.
Barely missing the cut was the franchises’ first victory in 1977, a 33-14 upset over Archie Manning’s Saints, as well as their 23-21 win over the Eagles in 2006 on Matt Bryant’s 62-yard field goal. Those games got eight and six percent, respectively.
Every game, for all 32 teams, will be shown in its entirety without commercials or halftime shows.
As it relates to the Bucs, it’s hard to argue with the fans’ selections. The 48-21 Super Bowl beat down of the Raiders is obvious and most would agree the 2002 NFC Championship was the defining contest in Tampa Bay’s greatest season in franchise history. Heck, Ronde Barber’s 92-yard game-icing pick six was probably enough on its own to make the cut for the top three.
The final selection could’ve gone a number of ways, but the primetime nail-biter was a rare offensive shootout in the Dungy era and one that came in a highly anticipated rematch of the 1999 NFC Championship game, a defensive battle that ended in a heartbreaking 11-6 loss for Tampa Bay. The Bucs got their redemption against the Rams and some momentum heading into the postseason. It’s certainly one Tampa Bay fans will never forget. One that Bucs fans would probably love to forget is the 21-point Monday Night collapse against the Colts in 2003 – which Colts fans almost voted as their third game to broadcast but ultimately didn’t for some reason.
Click here to see all 96 games that will uploaded to the NFL’s official YouTube channel this August.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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