Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 - Oakland Raiders 21

Super Bowl XXXVII saw the Oakland Raiders face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in San Diego, California on Sunday, 26 January 2003. Excluding "pre-game" coverage, the official coverage started at 3:00 pm PST, broadcast on the ABC network. The game was played in Qualcomm Stadium.

The bookmakers (at least those who write for the New York Post) had

Oakland to win by 3 1/2 points; over/under = 44 points.
While every talking head was painting the matchup as the seasoned veterans (Oakland) versus the spirited youth (Tampa), the game was not nearly as exciting as the slogan. The veterans left their Viagra in the hotel and failed to arouse any competition. Unless you were a Bucs fan, the game was a real snoozer. Dexter Jackson, Tampa's starting free safety, won the Most Valuable Player award for his two interceptions in the first half.

Scoring:


Team  Quarter Time left 
Rdrs     1      10:40     40 yard field goal by S. Janikowski
Bucs     1       7:51     31 yard field goal by M. Gramatica
Bucs     2      11:16     43 yard field goal by M. Gramatica
Bucs     2       6:24      2 yd TD run by M. Alstott
                           (PAT is good)
Bucs     2       0:30      5 yd TD pass caught by K. McCardell
                           (PAT is good)
Bucs     3       5:30      8 yd TD pass caught by K. McCardell
                           (PAT is good)
Bucs     3       4:47     44 yd interception return by D. Smith
                           (PAT is good)
Rdrs     3       2:33     39 yd TD pass caught by J. Porter
                           (two-point conversion attempt failed)
Rdrs     4      14:16     13 yd blocked punt returned by E. Johnson
                           (two-point conversion attempt failed)
Rdrs     4       6:06     48 yd TD pass caught by J. Rice
                           (two-point conversion attempt failed)
Bucs     4       1:18     44 yd interception return by D. Brooks
                           (PAT is good)
Bucs     4       0:02     50 yd interception return by D. Smith
                           (PAT is good)

(For the uninitiated: American Football, National Football League, Super Sunday: a brief primer)




Postseason Results



 Tampa Bay Bucs
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            27  \
                 \  Tampa Bay Bucs
at                ------------------
            10   /    NFC Champs    \
 Phila Eagles   /                    \
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                                       \      TAMPA BAY BUCS
 Tenn Titans                            -------------------------
----------------                       /   Super Bowl Champions
            24  \                     /
                 \  Oakland Raiders  /
at                ------------------ 
            41    /   AFC Champs 
 Oakland Raiders /
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Road to the Conference Championships

Wild card round, 4-5 Jan 2003

Division playoffs, 11-12 Jan 2003


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           PLAYER STATISTICS IN SUPER BOWL XXXVII

  Raiders ( 13-6-0 )              Buccaneers ( 15-4-0 )

                        PASSING
          CP/AT YDS TD INT                  CP/AT YDS TD INT
R. Gannon 24/44 272  2  5        B. Johnson 18/34 215  2  1
 
                        RUSHING
            ATT YDS TD LG                    ATT YDS TD LG 
C. Garner    7   10  0  4        M. Pittman   29 124  0 24 
Z. Crockett  2    6  0  4        M. Alstott   10  1   1  5   
R. Gannon    2    3  0  2        B. Johnson    1  10  0 10   
                                 A. Stecker    1   1  0  1
                                 T. Tupa       1   0  0  0

                        RECEIVING
            REC YDS TD LG                    REC YDS TD LG
J. Rice      5   77  1 48        J. Jurevicius   4  78  0 33   
J. Porter    4   62  1 39        K. Johnson      6  69  0 18      
D. Jolley    5   59  0 25        M. Alstott      5  43  0 16      
C. Garner    7   51  0  9        K. McCardell    2  13  2  8     
T. Brown     1    9  0  9        K. Dilger       1  12  0 12       
J. Ritchie   1    7  0  7        
T. Wheatley  1    7  0  7        
  
                         FUMBLES
            FUM LOST REC YDS                FUM LOST REC YDS
R. Gannon    1    0   0   0      T. Tupa      1   0   0   -8
M. Collins   0    0   1   0      M. Gramatica 0   0   1   -4
  
                         KICKING
               FG  LG  XP  PTS                 FG  LG  XP  PTS
S. Janikowski 1/1  40  0/0  3    M. Gramatica 2/2  43  6/6  12

 

                         PUNTING  
             NO AVG  I20 LG                NO AVG  I20 LG
S. Lechler    5 39.0  2  53      T. Tupa   4  38.8  1  43
 
                     KICKOFF RETURNS
              NO AVG  TD LG                 NO  AVG  TD LG
C. Cooper      1  6.0  0  6       D. Smith   1  23.0  0 23   
M. Knight      8 17.9  0 29       A. Stecker 3  22.3  0 27

                       PUNT RETURNS
              NO AVG TD LG                    NO AVG TD LG
D. Gordon      3 9.7  0 17        K. Williams  1 25.0 0 25

  
                           DEFENSE                      
              T-A SCK INT FF                     T-A SCK INT FF              
E. Barton     8-5  0   0  0       S. Quarles     7-0  0   0  0    
C. Woodson    8-0  0   1  0       B. Kelly       5-3  0   0  0              
B. Romanowski 7-3  0   0  0       S. Rice        5-0  2   0  0       
T. Smith      7-4  0   0  0       D. Smith       5-0  0   2  0      
R. Woodson    7-1  0   0  0       C. Ivy         4-0  0   0  0        
A. Dorsett    6-2  0   0  0       G. Spires      3-0  1   0  0     
R. Coleman    4-1  0   0  0       E. Wyms        3-0  1   0  0       
T. James      4-0  0   0  0       R. Barber      2-2  0   0  0     
J. Parrella   3-1  0   0  0       D. Barnes      2-0  0   0  0     
C. Cooper     2-1  0   0  0       D. Brooks      2-1  0   1  0     
N. Harris     2-1  0   0  0       J. Howell      2-0  0   0  0     
T. Johnson    2-0  0   0  0       D. Jackson     2-0  0   2  0    
T. Brown      1-0  0   0  0       W. Sapp        2-0  1   0  1       
Z. Crockett   1-0  0   0  0       N. Webster     2-1  0   0  0    
J. Ioane      1-0  0   0  0       J. Golden      1-0  0   0  0     
A. Treu       1-0  0   0  0       J. Jurevicius  1-0  0   0  0  
         		          J. Phillips    1-0  0   0  0   
                	          A. Singleton   1-0  0   0  0