y*so*blu Posted March 17, 2019 Share Posted March 17, 2019 (edited) For a team with such a mixed history that didn't exist until '76, the Bucs have been in a lot of great football games. They may not be "my team" but I support them more than anybody else in the NFC South. So without further ado, here we go. I narrowed my list down to three. vs St. Louis Rams, 12/19/2000: Because how could it not be on the list? It was their first shot at the Rams since the '99-'00 NFCCG and the Bert Emanuel catch-that-should-have-been. St. Louis' offense was still firing on all cylinders but their historically bad defense was becoming a liability. The Bucs, who had scored 30+ points only once in 1999, did so four times in 2000 while their defense continued to excel. They did it for the fifth time here, knocking off the Rams in a 38-35 MNF classic. vs Washington Redskins, 11/13/2005: The Bucs had changed radically just five years later: different coach, different GM and lots of turnover on offense. Under pressure to get back to playoff form, they responded with a dynamite season in '05. Chris Simms, son of Phil, had the best game of his pro career with support from ROTY Cadillac Williams. A dramatic showdown ended with the Bucs final TD drive when, instead of a game-tying extra point, they went temporarily insane and rolled the dice on a two-point conversion. The gamble paid off thanks to one of my favorite fullbacks to ever play the game, Mike Alstott, and Tampa won 36-35. vs Green Bay Backers, Throwback Day, 11/8/2009: With the Gruden era officially over, the Bucs were in the midst of an 0-7 collapse. Their QB was a 21-year-old kid named Josh Freeman making his first professional start. The Packers had problems of their own with their defense still adjusting to a new scheme and Aaron Rodgers' o-line struggling to protect him, but everyone predicted an easy win for them. Instead Rodgers threw three picks and was sacked six times as Freeman led a team of no-names and has-beens to a stunning 38-28 upset. Edited March 17, 2019 by y*so*blu 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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