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2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season 25 Brief

The season began with the team trying to improve on an 11–5 season from 1999. Shaun King, who took over the quarterback position as a rookie midway through the 1999 season, became the full-time starter for 2000. In April, the Buccaneers acquired wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson via a trade from the Jets. It was a highly publicized transaction, which made Johnson the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, and increased expectations for the club.

In Week 16, the Buccaneers won one of the more notable games in the history of Monday Night Football against the St. Louis Rams. It was a rematch of the previous season's NFC Championship Game.

In the final week of the regular season, the Buccaneers faced Green Bay, with the NFC Central title on the line. With a victory at Lambeau Field, the Buccaneers were poised to win the division, and secure a first round bye for the playoffs. After a rally to tie the game in the fourth quarter, kicker Martin Gramatica missed a game-winning field attempt at the end of regulation. The Buccaneers lost the game in overtime, and failed to win the division. The dejected club fell to the #5 seed, and was routed by Philadelphia in the Wild Card Game, 21-3.

NFC Wild Card Game Against the Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles defense held Tampa Bay to only 199 total yards and 11 first downs. The Buccaneers scored first early in the second quarter with Martin Gramatica's 29-yard field goal. But late in the period, the Eagles' Hugh Douglas forced Tampa Bay quarterback Shaun King to fumble, and Mike Mamula recovered the loose ball at the Buccaneers 15-yard line. The turnover set up Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb's 5-yard touchdown run. Tampa Bay then punted on their next possession and the Eagles marched 69 yards on 8 plays to take a 14–3 on Na Brown's 5-yard touchdown reception with 12 seconds left in the half. Philadelphia then shut out the Buccaneers in the second half, while McNabb threw a 2-yard pass to Jeff Thomason with less than a minute left in the game to seal the victory. The Eagle's victory meant for the 35th consecutive year that the team hosting the Super Bowl would not be playing in it.

Season:
PRESEASON
Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Friday
Aug. 4
Redskins Washington Redskins
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PS - wk 1
1-0
Won 13-12
Thursday
Aug. 10
Dolphins @ Miami Dolphins
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
PS - wk 2
1-1
Lost 13-15
Sunday
Aug. 20
Patriots @ New England Patriots
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
PS - wk 3
2-1
Won 31-21
Friday
Aug. 25
Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PS - wk 4
3-1
Won 37-14

2000 Season Results

Record: 10-6, DIV: 4-4 (2nd in NFC Central)
Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Sunday
Sep. 3
Patriots @ New England Patriots
Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, MA
RS - wk 1
1-0
Won 21-16
Sunday
Sep. 10
Bears Chicago Bears
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 2
2-0
Won 41-0
Sunday
Sep. 17
Lions @ Detroit Lions
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI
RS - wk 3
3-0
Won 31-10
Sunday
Sep. 24
Jets New York Jets
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 4
3-1
Lost 17-21
Sunday
Oct. 1
Redskins @ Washington Redskins
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
RS - wk 5
3-1
Lost 17-20
(OT)
Monday
Oct. 9
Vikings @ Minnesota Vikings
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
RS - wk 6
3-2
Lost 23-30
Sunday
Oct. 16
BYE RS - wk 7
3-2
Thursday
Oct. 19
Lions Detroit Lions
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 8
3-3
Lost 14-28
Sunday
Oct. 29
Vikings Minnesota Vikings
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 9
4-3
Won 41-13
Sunday
Nov. 5
Falcons @ Atlanta Falcons
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
RS - wk 10
5-3
Won 27-14
Sunday
Nov. 12
Packers Green Bay Packers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 11
6-3
Won 20-15
Sunday
Nov. 19
Bears @ Chicago Bears
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
RS - wk 12
6-4
Lost 10-13
Sunday
Nov. 26
Bills Buffalo Bills
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 13
7-4
Won 31-17
Sunday
Dec. 3
Cowboys Dallas Cowboys
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 14
8-4
Won 27-7
Sunday
Dec. 10
Dolphins @ Miami Dolphins
Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
RS - wk 15
9-4
Won 16-13
Monday
Dec. 18
Rams St. Louis Rams
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 16
10-4
Won 38-35
Sunday
Dec. 24
Packers @ Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
RS - wk 17
10-5
Lost 14-17
(OT)
PLAYOFFS
Date   Opponent NFC/Superbowl Outcome
Sunday
Dec. 31
Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
PO - Wild-Card
10-6
Lost 3-21

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