We’re all bored, aren’t we? With no live sports on due to the ongoing pandemic, many of us have had to result to watching reruns of old games. Different networks have been showing some of the classics, while YouTube has a fair share of broadcasts to look through as well.
But the NFL has also decided to come to the rescue, announcing that NFL Game Pass will be free to access through the end of May. Now, the games in the Game Pass archives only date back to 2009, so I know what you’re thinking. As a fan of the Buccaneers, which of the team’s games could possibly be worth rewatching? The past decade-plus has been miserable.
Well, I’m here to give you some answers. Yes, the Bucs have largely been a disaster for a long time now, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had some good games here and there. So, what we’re going to do is break this up into two lists. We’ll start today with rewatchable games from 2009 through 2014 and follow up with a list of the games worth watching from 2015-2019.
Disclaimer: These lists are only including games the Buccaneers won (with a potential exception here and there). Because after all, if you’re going to go back and watch an entire broadcast, you want to watch your team win, don’t you? If you feel I missed out on any good ones, feel free to drop your own suggestions in the comments down below. Now, let’s get on with it.
Week 9: Buccaneers 38, Packers 28
Why It’s Rewatchable: The Bucs, in their throwback creamsicle uniforms, finally earned their first win of the season—in Josh Freeman’s first career start. Tampa Bay trailed 28-17 early in the fourth quarter, but managed to pull off the comeback as Freeman threw the go-ahead touchdown before Tanard Jackson sealed it with a pick six.
Week 16: Buccaneers 20, Saints 17 (OT)
Why It’s Rewatchable: Tampa Bay was largely dreadful in 2009, but a Week 16 visit to the Superdome proved to be memorable. The Bucs trailed 17-0 in the first half before storming back to tie the game at 17 late in the fourth on a 77-yard punt return by Michael Spurlock. The Saints had a chance to win the game with a 37-yard field goal as time expired, but Garrett Hartley’s kick went wide. In overtime, Connor Barth won it for the Bucs. It was the team’s first time ever beating the eventual Super Bowl champions.
Week 5: Buccaneers 24, Bengals 21
Why It’s Rewatchable: Trailing Cincinnati 21-14 with 2:28 left in the game, Tampa Bay had no timeouts. And its defense was on the field. Nonetheless, the comeback was on. Aqib Talib intercepted Carson Palmer at midfield on 3rd & 13 to set up the game-tying touchdown drive. Then, with 25 seconds left, Sabby Piscitelli intercepted Palmer at the Bucs’ 35 and returned it 31 yards to the Bengals’ 34. After a completion from Josh Freeman to Michael Spurlock, Connor Barth came on to win the game with a 31-yard field goal.
Week 7: Buccaneers 18, Rams 17
Why It’s Rewatchable: The 2010 season was full of comebacks for the Bucs. They trailed the Rams 17-6 at halftime, but Connor Barth kept them in the game in the second half before Josh Freeman led a 16-play, 77-yard that lasted 4:35 to win the game with 10 seconds remaining.
Week 8: Buccaneers 38, Cardinals 35
Why It’s Rewatchable: This was a near-disaster for the Bucs, who got out to a 31-14 lead before eventually falling behind 35-31. They eventually got the lead back and held on for the road victory. If you like wild shootouts and watching Buccaneer defenses score touchdowns, this is the game for you.
Week 11: Buccaneers 21, 49ers 0
Why It’s Rewatchable: This game featured complete domination from the Tampa Bay defense, which racked up six sacks. That total included the first of Gerald McCoy’s storied Buccaneer career. San Francisco was held under 200 yards in a game that marked the Bucs’ first win at Candlestick Park since 1980 and the first shutout loss at home for the 49ers since 1977.
Week 14: Buccaneers 17, Redskins 16
Why It’s Rewatchable: This game, played in the rain, was a sloppy one. But it featured a fun, yet agonizing ending. The Bucs took a late 17-10 lead before Donovan McNabb led Washington on a 14-play, 69-yard scoring drive. It appeared to everyone that the eventual touchdown came on a fifth down thanks to some confusion on the officials’ part, but it didn’t end up mattering because the snap for the extra point attempt was a wild one, allowing Tampa Bay to escape with a win.
Week 16: Buccaneers 38, Seahawks 15
Why It’s Rewatchable: Perhaps this isn’t the most memorable game in terms of wild things happening, but the Bucs haven’t had many comfortable victories in the recent era, so this is a nice one. After falling behind early, Tampa Bay scored 31 unanswered points and cruised to victory behind Josh Freeman’s five touchdown passes.
Week 2: Buccaneers 24, Vikings 20
Why It’s Rewatchable: Tampa Bay trailed 17-0 at halftime before going on to outscore Minnesota 24-3 in the second half. LeGarrette Blount scored twice, with the second touchdown giving the Bucs a late lead. It was the first of just four Bucs victories in the 2011 season, but it turned out to be a fun one.
Week 4: Buccaneers 24, Colts 17
Why It’s Rewatchable: The Bucs rarely win in primetime, so this Monday Night Football win over the Colts at Raymond James Stadium could be worth a rewatch. Tampa Bay trailed 17-10 in the third quarter, but then scored the final 14 points and held on late thanks to a quarterback sneak by Josh Freeman. It was the third straight win for Raheem Morris’ squad, but unfortunately there was only one more to come in the final 12 games of the season.
Week 6: Buccaneers 38, Chiefs 10
Why It’s Rewatchable: Again, any time you can get your hands on a blowout win for the Bucs, take that chance. Tampa Bay steamrolled Kansas City at Ray Jay with a 31-point second half. Plus, Ronde Barber came through with a 78-yard pick six in the game, tying him for third in league history for return touchdowns with 12. Josh Freeman threw for three touchdowns, Vincent Jackson caught two and the Bucs outgained the Chiefs 463-260.
Week 8: Buccaneers 36, Vikings 17
Why It’s Rewatchable: A blowout victory in primetime? That’s unheard of for the Bucs in recent memory! Doug Martin went off for Tampa Bay, rushing for 135 yards while adding 79 receiving yards. He totaled two touchdowns in the win, which also featured three touchdown passes from Josh Freeman and three turnovers forced by the defense.
Week 9: Buccaneers 42, Raiders 32
Why It’s Rewatchable: Doug Martin had quite a few memorable games in 2012 and then during his big 2015 season. But this game was THE Doug Martin Game. He ran for 251 yards and four touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s road win over Oakland, setting records in the process. His 251 rushing yards were the third-most by a rookie in league history and the most by any player in a single game in franchise history. He was the story of the day, especially considering he was playing in his hometown. The Bucs had to hold on late, but this was still a good one.
Week 10: Buccaneers 22, Dolphins 19
Why It’s Rewatchable: Tampa Bay, after starting 0-8, finally won its first game of the year in Week 10. It came on Monday Night Football, with the Bucs going up 15-0 early before falling behind 19-15. A touchdown by Bobby Rainey early in the fourth gave them the lead back before a Darrelle Revis interception sealed it late in the game. Perhaps the game’s most memorable play, though, came early on when Donald Penn caught a touchdown from Mike Glennon.
Week 11: Buccaneers 41, Falcons 28
Why It’s Rewatchable: Bobby Rainey ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the division rival Falcons. And if that performance isn’t enough to entice you to check this one out again, there was a pick six by Dashon Goldson in the game, as well as three sacks by Gerald McCoy. These were two bad teams, but this was a rare good day for Tampa Bay in 2013.
Week 12: Buccaneers 24, Lions 21
Why It’s Rewatchable: The 2-8 Bucs upset the 6-4 Lions on their home field in Week 12 behind four interceptions and an 85-yard fourth-quarter touchdown catch by Tiquan Underwood. Detroit threatened to win the game late, with Matthew Stafford finding Calvin Johnson deep in Tampa Bay territory, only the ball was knocked loose by Kelcie McCray and it fell into the hands of Johnthan Banks for the game-clinching interception.
Week 4: Buccaneers 27, Steelers 24
Why It’s Watchable: After an 0-3 start, the Bucs went on the road and earned their first-ever win in Pittsburgh. Tampa Bay went up 10-0 early, but gave up 17 straight to the Steelers. The team eventually went into the fourth quarter down 24-17 before mounting its comeback. After Patrick Murray brought them within 24-20, the Bucs hung around and won the game with seven seconds remaining on a five-yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to Vincent Jackson.
Week 11: Buccaneers 27, Redskins 7
Why It’s Watchable: While 2014 was a lost season for the Bucs, their Week 11 victory over the Redskins was a highlight. It was a breakout game for rookie receiver Mike Evans, who caught seven passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Johnthan Banks came up with a pick six in the win as well. Tampa Bay moved to 2-8 and sent Washington to 3-7, but it would be the last win of Lovie Smith’s debut season.
There you have it, Bucs fans! Grab some popcorn, sign up for your complimentary Game Pass access, kick back and watch away. And be sure to stay tuned for a list of rewatchable games from the Jameis Winston era (2015-2019) in the coming days.