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2002
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Jan. 26
Bucs 48
Raiders 21
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Jan. 19
Bucs 27
Eagles 10
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Jan. 12
Bucs 31
49ers 6
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Dec. 29
Bucs 15
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Dec. 23
Steelers 17
Bucs 7
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Dec. 15
Bucs 23
Lions 20
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Dec. 8
Bucs 34
Falcons 10
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Dec. 1
Saints 23
Bucs 20
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Nov. 24
Bucs 21,
Packers 7
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Nov. 17
Bucs 23,
Panthers 10
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Nov. 3
Bucs 38,
Vikings 24
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Oct. 27
Bucs 12,
Panthers 9
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Oct. 20
Eagles 20,
Bucs 10
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Oct. 13
Bucs 17,
Browns 3
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Oct. 6
Bucs 20,
Falcons 6
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Sept. 29
Bucs 35,
Bengals 7
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Sept. 22
Bucs 26,
Rams 14
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Sept. 15
Bucs 25,
Ravens 0
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Sept. 8
Saints 26,
Bucs 20
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XXXVII XTRA


[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson (14) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to Keenan McCardell near the end of the second quarter.
Super Bowl game photo gallery
Super Bowl celebrations photo gallery
The Bucs dominate most of the game, returning three of five interceptions for TDs, enabling long-suffering fans to savor the area's first major sports championship. Story

Gary Shelton: The best: Say it, savor it
SAN DIEGO -- Say it slowly. Let the words slide across your tongue so you may taste the sweetness of each syllable. After all this time, let the flavor linger. Savor.

John Romano: Gimme Five!
TALK OF THE TOWN

Howard Troxler: Hope springs eternal, but a win sooner is better
Hope! Of all ills that men endure, The only cheap and universal cure.

Defensive ends help set game's momentum
Simeon Rice and Greg Spires get to Rich Gannon early, keeping him from finding a comfort zone.

Raiders refuse to give the Bucs their due
Rather than dish out credit to Tampa Bay, Oakland looks at its flaws.

The journeyman from FSU leads the way to victory
For Brad Johnson, a rough start culminates in the crowning moment of his career.

Shining moment not just about stars
Plenty of characters make up the cast of the Super Bowl champions.

Pittman churns out 124 yards
Michael Pittman keeps a running game going as holes open up.

Oakland sends center home for going MIA
SAN DIEGO -- The Raiders sustained their first loss before the game, sending All-Pro center Barret Robbins home for disciplinary reasons.

Game balls
Michael Pittman, Bucs running back

Raiders refuse to give the Bucs their due
Rather than dish out credit to Tampa Bay, Oakland looks at its flaws.

Secondary shines on grandest stage
Forgotten men Dexter Jackson and Dwight Smith come through in the big game with four of the team's five interceptions.

McCardell leads receivers' big day
Touchdowns at the end of the first half and early in the second help the Bucs build a big lead.

Quotebooks
Raiders
Coach Bill Callahan on whether the Bucs defense shut them down:
Bucs
Warren Sapp on finally winning the Super Bowl:

First quarter: A little early deja vu for the Bucs
Second quarter: A Bucs blowout is on the horizon
Third quarter: Bucs team effort pads the lead
Fourth quarter: The defense comes through

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[Times photo: Daniel Wallace]
Riding in the back of her father's pickup, Christina Chapman, 29, left, and her stepsister Kelsey Persha, 16, join the celebration along Dale Mabry Highway near the Stadium.
Hometown reaction
For jubilant fans in Tampa Bay, 'This is our time. Right here.'
Fans got off their barstools and took off their Buccaneers caps for the National Anthem. Nuns sipped Miller Lite and trash-talked the Raiders. Bikers toasted touchdowns with tequila shots.
Frenzied fans take over Dale Mabry
With a collective howl of elation and a few tense moments, fans across the Tampa Bay region heralded the area's first major sports championship Sunday night in spirited Super Bowl celebrations that ended years of futility for the Bucs.
Welcome the team home tonight
The welcome home party for the Bucs will be tonight at Raymond James Stadium.
Meanwhile, a quiet world still turns
Time stood still Sunday.

In San Diego: At long, long last, it's nirvana for some ordinary fans
One couple, season ticket holders since the bad times, see their Bucs in the Super Bowl.
Good ol' boys wander in front of TV cameras
Southern California has been quite the scene for Mr. Ed and Rich, a couple of blue collar guys from eastern Pasco and Hillsborough counties. The Gas Lamp party district was eye opening. The traffic, daunting.

Entertainment: Superstars belt out favorites, or lip synch them
Super Bowl XXXVII's dynamic halftime show might have helped convert any fans not already caught up in the game's excitement Sunday night. But macho guys craving roughhouse rock were probably puzzled by the estrogen bent of the performance.

TV ads: Ads didn't live up to former glory
If TV is a mirror of society, what can we make of the orgy of consumerism and commercialism that is the modern-day Super Bowl telecast?

TV sound bites: Dream duo solid calling big game
The debut season of the Dream Team broadcast pairing of Al Michaels and John Madden was like most Super Bowls: It didn't live up to the hype. How could it? The way the Michaels-Madden partnership was hailed, they were half expected to cure cancer this fall.

Letters: Revenge against Steeler is sweet
Dear Lee Flowers,

Jacksonville planning committee finds model worth emulating
SAN DIEGO -- There are a lot of things the people organizing Super Bowl XXXIX want to bring to Jacksonville in two years, but the traffic in southern California surely isn't one of them.


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