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1/26/03

Buccaneers Trample Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had many heroes in winning Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-to-21 over the Oakland Raiders. The Bucs returned three of their five interceptions for touchdowns en route to their first NFL championship.

Dwight Smith had two pickoff returns for touchdowns, including a 50 yard run with two seconds remaining. Derrick Brooks iced the victory by returning an interception for a TD with 1:18 left.

Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson set the tone with two pickoffs in the first half. Mike Alstott ran for a two-yard TD in the first half, and Martin Gramatica hit two field goals as the Bucs prevented the Raiders from winning their fourth Super Bowl.

Michael Pittman was the Bucs' biggest star on offense, getting a game-high 124 yards on 29 carries. Brad Johnson was good enough to win, going 18-of-34 for 215 yards and one interception. He hit Keenan McCardell for touchdowns of five and eight yards.

Raiders QB and NFL Most Valuable Player Rich Gannon was smothered throughout much of the game, completing 24-of-44 passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns, and a Super Bowl record five interceptions. He had just 56 passing yards by halftime.

It's the first championship for the Bucs, and it comes in Jon Gruden's first year as head coach.

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