Super Bowl XXXVII
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders 48–21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. The game was played on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. It was the last Super Bowl played in California until Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The Buccaneers ended up giving up two first-round picks, two second round picks and USD 8 million in exchange for four draft picks.
About Super Bowl XXXVII in brief
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders 48–21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. The game was played on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. It was the last Super Bowl played in California until Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The Raiders came into the game as four-point favorites, but the Tampa Bay defense dominated the contest. Tampa Bay safety Dexter Jackson, who had two of those interceptions and returned them for 34 yards, was named Super Bowl MVP. The Buccaneers ended up giving up two first-round picks, two second round picks and USD 8 million in exchange for four draft picks. The Super Bowl was originally awarded to San Francisco on October 15, 1997 by the NFL owners at a league meeting in Washington, D. C. The 49ers had recently announced plans for a new stadium, and were awarded the Super Bowl contingent on its completion. However, the stadium plans had stalled by the fall of 1998 and the NFL reopened the bidding for the game. Later in 2003, California would host the Stanley Cup Finals with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim hosting games 3, 4, and 6, making it only the second time that the same state hosted both the Super Super Bowl and theStanley Cup Finals in the same year, following California itself ten years earlier, when the Los Angeles Kings went to the Finals four months after Pasadena hosted Super Bowl XXVII. It was then succeeded by itself again in 2016 when Super Bowl50 took place in San Francisco and the San Jose Sharks made theStanford Cup Finals.
This was the first Super Bowl in which the league’s number one-ranked offense faced the league’s number 1-ranked defense. The game sometimes is referred to as the \”Gruden Bowl\”, because the primary storyline surrounding the game revolved around Jon Gruden. Gruden was the Raiders’ head coach from 1998 to 2001, and as a result of a trade then became the Buccaneers head coach in 2002. Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon threw a Super Bowl record five interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. The Buccaneers also sacked Gannon five times, and scored 34 consecutive points to build a 34–3 lead late in the third quarter. Oakland won the AFC West in 2000 with a 12–4 record and the best rushing offense in the league. The team repeated as AFC West champions in 2001, but were eliminated in the AFC Divisional Game by the eventual Super BowlXXXVI champion New England Patriots in what became known as the ‘Tuck Rule Game’ The game is the last to be held a week after the conference championship games, and the last one to be played in January. It is also the sixth Super Bowl that has been played in a city that did not host the AFC Championship Game. The NFL has held Super Bowls in Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. It has also held the game in Atlanta and Miami.