Today mark the anniversary of arguably the greatest play in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. Yes, 21 years ago today, Ronde Barber and the Pewter Pirates shut down the Philadelphia Eagles and Veterans Stadium.
Leading 20-10 late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Conference Championship Game, the Eagles and Donovan McNabb were driving deep into Bucs territory. Then a legend was made… Barber stepped in front of McNabb pass and scampered 94 yards for the pick-six. The Eagles were done, the game was over and the Bucs were going to their first Super Bowl.
This still gives us goosebumps!
The greatest play in Buccaneers history. Period. pic.twitter.com/IBZA0Va9qO
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 19, 2024
The Buccaneers went on to defeat the Oakland Raiders by the score of 48–21. This tied with Super Bowl XXXV as the seventh-largest Super Bowl margin of victory, winning their first Super Bowl championship. That game was played on January 26, 2003, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
“Dexter Jackson was named game MVP for his two first-half interceptions, joining Miami’s Jake Scott in Super Bowl VII and Dallas’s Larry Brown in Super Bowl XXX as the only defensive backs to win Super Bowl MVP.
For Least Valuable Player, that’s easy. It goes to Rich Gannon. He threw five interceptions, a Super Bowl record. Those include three pick-sixes. He contributed more to the Buccaneers’ cause than to his own team’s cause. He may have been MVP during the regular season, but he was the LVP in the Super Bowl.
The best play of this game is hard to say, because in a blowout like this, it’s hard to point out a single play. But I’ll go with Dexter Jackson’s second interception. That one set up the Bucs with great field position, which they eventually converted on to score a touchdown after an exchange of punts.”
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