How Many Super Bowls Have The Buccaneers Won?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were founded in 1974. In their almost 50-year history, they have appeared in two Super Bowls, and in both times the Buccaneers made it to the Big Game, they came out on top. They defeated the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII and the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV. Read on to find out more about the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl success.
Super Bowl XXXVII (2002-2003)
On January 26, 2003, the Buccaneers destroyed the Oakland Raiders, 48-21, to win their first Super Bowl. But what led up to that? In the off-season prior to the game, the Bucs traded a haul of picks to the Raiders for head coach Jon Gruden. As a result, this Super Bowl was nicknamed the “Gruden Bowl,” because it featured Gruden’s new and old teams going at it. Super Bowl XXXVII was also unique because it was the first Super Bowl between the league’s best offense (Oakland) and best defense (Tampa Bay). Fittingly enough, the Super Bowl MVP was Buccaneers’ safety Dexter Jackson, who recorded two interceptions. It is also important to note that the Buccaneers were huge underdogs coming into the game and pulled off one of the largest upsets in Super Bowl history.
Super Bowl LV (2020-2021)
After winning Super Bowl XXXVII, the Buccaneers struggled to find success for almost two decades. They only managed to make the playoffs twice in the following 17 seasons, and never made it out of the Wild Card Round. However, that all changed after they signed legendary quarterback Tom Brady, who many argue is the greatest of all time, during the 2020 off-season.
In Brady’s first season with Tampa Bay, they easily defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, in Super Bowl LV. In the game, 43-year-old Brady threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, en route to his seventh Super Bowl win and fifth Super Bowl MVP. Long-time Brady teammate Rob Gronkowski, commonly known as “Gronk,” received two of Brady’s three touchdown passes. The Buccaneers’ defense also dominated Kansas City, holding them to zero touchdowns and just three field goals.
Other Close Finishes
Besides their two Super Bowl Appearances and wins, the farthest the Bucs have made it was the NFC Championship, the round before the Super Bowl, in the 1979 and 1999 seasons.
The 1979 season was relatively successful for Tampa Bay. They finished the regular season 10-6 and earned their first playoff appearance in franchise history. In the divisional round of the playoffs, they hosted the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a back-and-forth contest, but the Buccaneers came out on top, 24-17. However, the next round, the conference championship, was an offensive snooze-fest. The Buccaneers fell 9-0 to the visiting Los Angeles Rams.
In the 1999 season, the Buccaneers won the NFC Central division with an 11-5 record. They took their regular season momentum into the divisional round of the playoffs, defeating the Washington Redskins, 14-13, in a nailbiter. However, in the NFC Championship, they lost to the hosting St. Louis Rams in heartbreaking fashion, 11-6.
When was the last time the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl?
The last time the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl was in the 2020 season, against the Kansas City Chiefs. They dominated Super Bowl LV from start to finish, winning 31-9 and holding Kansas City to zero touchdowns. In the process, Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl and fifth Super Bowl MVP. This win was extremely meaningful for the loyal Tampa Bay fans, as the Buccaneers had only made the playoffs twice in the 17 seasons prior.