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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This marked yet another Super Bowl appearance for the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are the only team to make appearances in the Super Bowl in four different decades, the 1960's 70's 80's and 00's. The 1990's were the only decade in which the Raiders did not make a Super Bowl appearance. See more
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From 0-26 to the World Champions.
Follows Super Bowl XII