With an NFC Championship victory in the books, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will become the first team to host a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Super Bowl 55 will be hosted at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay Florida, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 7. They’ll face the Kansas City Chiefs with Kansas City looking to repeat as Super Bowl champs.
We look back at the last time the Bucs were in the Super Bowl ahead of this historical matchup.
Super Bowl XXXVII: Buccaneers vs. Raiders
Bruce Arians and Tom Brady have brought some good news back to Tampa after making their first playoff run since 2007. It’s their first Super Bowl appearance since the 2002 NFL season under former head coach Jon Gruden. That was also the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
In Gruden’s first season as head coach, the team went 12-4 and defeated the 49ers and Eagles in the post season as they made their way to Super Bowl 37. The Bucs faced the Oakland Raiders on January 26, 2003 — interesting, considering Gruden’s previous and now current position as head coach of the Raiders. They kicked off this Super Bowl game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
Under center for the Bucs was Brad Johnson, who completed 18 passes for 215 passing yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. They leaned on RB Michael Pittman heavily in this outing, who finished the game with 29 rushing attempts for 124 rushing yards.
The Bucs walked away with a 48-21 victory over the Raiders with plenty of credit due to the defense. Cornerback Dwight Smith had two interceptions, which he returned for 94 yards and two touchdowns. LB Derrick Brooks also played his part with a third pick-six, much to the chagrin of QB Rich Gannon. Gannon finished the day with a total of five interceptions to cap off the team’s 11-5 season.