Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The 2002 Tampa Bay Bucs were the best defensive team in the NFL and blew out the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Jon Gruden, who coached the Raiders the previous season, led the Bucs to the NFC South title with a 12-4 record, allowing just 12.3 points per game. Six times during the regular season, the Bucs held teams to seven points or less; their defense was stacked with All-Pro performers including Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive end Simeon Rice (15.5 sacks), and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp. Meanwhile, Pro Bowl QB Brad Johnson (22 passing TDs, 6 interceptions), Pro Bowl fullback Mike Alstott (seven total TDs) and receiver Keyshawn Johnson (1,088 yards receiving) helped provide just enough offense. In the playoffs, Tampa Bay’s defense was superb. The Bucs first beat the 49ers, 31-6, in the Divisional Round, before defeating the Eagles, 27-10 to win the NFC title and then the high-scoring Raiders, 48-21 in the Super Bowl.