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2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season 26 Brief

The 2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 10–6 season. Quarterback Shaun King was benched, and Brad Johnson was brought in from free agency. Johnson broke Tampa Bay team records for passing yards (3,406), completions (340), and attempts (540). However, the team stumbled out of the gate, and started the season with a 3–4 record. The team rallied in the second half of the season, however, improving to finish 9–7 and clinched a playoff spot.

In the Wild Card playoffs, however, Tampa Bay was routed by Philadelphia for the second year in a row. Two days later, head coach Tony Dungy was fired by the management.

NFC Wild Card Game Against the Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles QB Donovan McNabb threw for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also rushing for 54 yards, as Philadelphia dominated Tampa Bay from start to finish. Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson was intercepted four times, twice by Damon Moore. It was the second consecutive season in which Philadelphia eliminated Tampa Bay from the playoffs during the wild card round, and two days later, Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy was fired.

On the Eagles first drive of the game, Buccaneers safety Dexter Jackson intercepted a pass from McNabb and returned it 9 yards to the Eagles 36-yard line, setting up a 36-yard field goal from Martin Gramatica. But McNabb made up for his mistake with a 39-yard run on third down and 5 on Philadelphia's ensuing possession, setting up a field goal for David Akers that tied the game, 3–3. In the second period, McNabb completed 4 of 4 passes for 70 yards on a 73-yard drive, including a 41-yard completion to Todd Pinkston, that ended with a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Chad Lewis. Tampa responded with a 10-play, 65-yard drive, but once again could not dent the end zone and had to settle for another Gramatica field goal, cutting their deficit to 10–6. Later in the quarter, Eagles punter Sean Landeta pinned the Buccaneers back at their own 5-yard line and Tampa Bay could not get a first down with their next drive. After receiving Mark Royals' short 28-yard punt at the Buccaneers 31-yard line, McNabb threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Duce Staley with 35 seconds left in the half. But Tampa bay managed to respond with Gramatica's third field goal before halftime, set up by a 46-yard reception from Keyshawn Johnson, cutting their deficit to 17–9.

But Tampa Bay was completely dominated in the second half. Moore recorded his first interception from Brad Johnson at the Eagles 38-yard line on the Buccaneers opening drive of the third quarter. Later on, the Eagles drove 60 yards in six plays and scored on a 25-yard touchdown run from rookie Correll Buckhalter. Johnson tried to rally his team back with a pair of drives deep into Eagles territory, but both of them were ended with interceptions. First, defensive back Troy Vincent picked off a pass from Johnson in the end zone with 4:09 left in the third quarter. Then late in the fourth quarter, safety Brian Dawkins intercepted Johnson on Philadelphia's 3-yard line. Following a punt, Moore put the game away by recording his second interception and returning it 59 yards for a touchdown.

Season:
PRESEASON
Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Monday
Aug. 13
Dolphins Miami Dolphins
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PS - wk 1
0-1
Lost 14-17
Saturday
Aug. 18
Browns @ Cleveland Browns
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
PS - wk 2
0-2
Lost 6-7
Saturday
Aug. 27
Patriots New England Patriots
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PS - wk 3
1-2
Won 20-3
Friday
Aug. 31
Falcons Atlanta Falcons
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
PS - wk 4
1-3
Lost 7-36

2001 Season Results

Record: 9-7, DIV: 4-4 (3rd in NFC Central)
Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Sunday
Sep. 9
Cowboys @ Dallas Cowboys
Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
RS - wk 1
1-0
Won 10-6
Sunday
Sep. 16
BYE RS - wk 2
1-0
Sunday
Sep. 30
Vikings @ Minnesota Vikings
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
RS - wk 3
1-1
Lost 16-20
Sunday
Oct. 7
Packers Green Bay Packers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 4
2-1
Won 14-10
Sunday
Oct. 14
Titans @ Tennessee Titans
Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, TN
RS - wk 5
2-2
Lost 28-31
(OT)
Sunday
Oct. 21
Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 6
2-3
Lost 10-17
Sunday
Oct. 28
Vikings Minnesota Vikings
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 7
3-3
Won 41-14
Sunday
Nov. 4
Packers @ Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
RS - wk 8
3-4
Lost 20-21
Sunday
Nov. 11
Lions @ Detroit Lions
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI
RS - wk 9
4-4
Won 20-17
Sunday
Nov. 18
Bears Chicago Bears
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 10
4-5
Lost 24-27
Monday
Nov. 26
Rams @ St. Louis Rams
Dome at Americas Center, St. Louis, MO
RS - wk 11
5-5
Won 24-17
Sunday
Dec. 2
Beangles @ Cincinnati Bengales
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
RS - wk 12
6-5
Won 16-13
(OT)
Sunday
Dec. 9
Lions Detroit Lions
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 13
7-5
Won 15-12
Sunday
Dec. 16
Bears @ Chicago Bears
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
RS - wk 14
7-6
Lost 3-27
Sunday
Dec. 23
Saints New Orleans Saints
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 15
8-6
Won 48-21
Saturday
Dec. 29
Ravens Baltimore Ravens
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 16
9-6
Won 22-10
Sunday
Jan. 6
Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 17
9-7
Lost 13-17
PLAYOFFS
Date   Opponent NFC/Superbowl Outcome
Saturday
Jan. 12
Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
PO - Wild-Card
9-8
Lost 9-31

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