The 37th edition of the AFC-NFC World Championship Game featured the Oakland Raiders, with a long history of Superbowl triumph, and the upstart Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team with a long history of futility making its first ever Superbowl appearence. The Raiders were supremely confident of victory, feeling they were owed a Superbowl after the controversial AFC divisional playoff game against the Patriots the previous season; ironically, the Raiders' coach in that game was Jon Gruden, who was now Bucs coach after a costly buyout of his contract by Tampa to Oakland after the 2001 season. Nicknamed "Chuckie" after the redheaded freckle-faced terror doll of horror movie fame, Gruden led the Bucs with a suffocating defense, while new Raiders coach Bill Callahan likewise had a potent defense and also had Raiders' history on his side. Written by
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The Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams are the only to teams to represent two different cities in their Super Bowl appearances. The Raiders and Rams before represented Los Angeles in 1979 (Rams) and 1983 (Raiders). See more
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