Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets
About Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Dallas Cowboys are called the America’s Team for a reason. Established in 1960, the Dallas Cowboys have five Super Bowl Championships, ten Conference Championships, twenty two Division Championships and thirty two playoff appearances. Competing in the National Football League’s National Football Conference (NFC) East Division, in 2015 the Cowboys were valued by Forbes at $4 billion.
In the other corner is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Called The Bucs, the Buccaneers are around sixteen years younger than the Cowboys. Established in 1974 and played their first season in 1976, the Buccaneers also compete in the NFC but in the South Division. The Buccaneers have one Super Bowl Championship, one Conference Championship, six Division Championships and ten Playoff appearances.
The Cowboys and the Buccaneers have faced each other in both the regular season as well as the postseason. The two teams may not be traditional rivals however both teams have played some memorable games against each other.
Memorable Games – Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Interception that Changed the Game – In the 1983 NFC Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rookie safety Monty Hunter intercepted a Doug Williams pass to return it to the end zone for a 19 yard touchdown. The Hunter interception holds importance as the Cowboys at the time were trailing 17-16 in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Ten minutes later the Cowboys scored again and finished the game 30-17. The Cowboys would go into the second round and beat the Green Bay Packers but would eventually lose to the Washington Redskins in the Conference Championship game. The game is memorable for both the fans at Texas Stadium and Monty Hunter, a rookie safety from Salem College in West Virginia.
December 3, 2000 – A regular season game at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa FL, turned out to be a memorable moment for the Buccaneers fans. In front of 65,621 fans, the Buccaneers finally broke the mold and defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-7. This was the ninth meeting between the teams and all the previous encounters were won by the Cowboys. Argentinean placekicker Martin Gramatica took charge from the beginning and gave the Buccaneers a lead with a field goal in the first quarter at the 1:10 mark. This was followed by Warrick Dunn’s 70 yard touchdown. Even though the Cowboys tried to rally an offence with Emmit Smith and Tim Seder, the Buccaneers proved too strong an opponent. This win gave Buccaneers the confidence against big teams like the Cowboys. The Buccaneers went on to win the next two games against the Cowboys as well.
The Cowboys and the Buccaneers go Head to Head
The Cowboys and the Buccaneers have played a total of 18 games against each other. Here is how the Dallas Cowboys have performed against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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The Cowboys and the Buccaneers have faced each other twice in the postseason. On both occasions the Cowboys came out on top. In 2015, the Buccaneers broke the Cowboys five game winning streak with a 10-6 win at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.
The Cowboys and Buccaneers Legends
With such a rich history, the Dallas Cowboys have housed some of the most talented football players on their rosters. The list is endless however, a shorter version starts with Jason Witten with 1,020 receptions, 11,215 Yards and 60 Touchdown Catches. Then there is Michael Irvin who was known as the Playmaker. Larry Allen is undoubtedly the best interior offensive lineman to ever play the game and Roger Staubach who won two Super Bowl titles and five NFC Championships with the Cowboys.
Derrick Brooks tops the list for the Buccaneers greatest. A technically sound linebacker, Brooks was 2002’s Defensive Player of the Year with 87 tackles, 5 interceptions and 1 sack. Warren Sapp is another Buccaneer who used to occupy multiple blockers giving space to linebackers to make tackles. Lee Roy Selmon was an underrated player who came up with a sack in each of his four post season appearances.