NFC South: Top 10 teams in division history

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2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002

Jan 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; General view of Super Bowl XXVII championship ring to commemorate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders on January 26, 2003 on display at the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sport

2002 saw a lot of changes coming in Tampa Bay. It was John Gruden’s first year as head coach of the Buccaneers. The team relied heavily on their defense and sent six players to the pro bowl including Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Simeon Rice from the defense. Tampa Bay was led by quarterback Brad Johnson and got things off to a great start.

The Buccaneers started off the season at 5-1 and finished at 12-4, good enough for an NFC South division title in the divisions first year in formation. The Buccaneers defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the playoffs, 31-6 and went on to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 on the road in the NFC Championship to get to the franchises’ first ever Super Bowl.

Gruden faced off against his old team, the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII and made easy work of them, 48-21.Tampa Bay picked off the Raiders a Super Bowl record, five times in the blowout victory. This season is easily the best season in Tampa Bay history and remains as the franchises only Super Bowl win.