Buccaneers’ 38-3 loss to Saints was worst loss ever for a Super Bowl winner

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If you watched the Buccaneers lose 38-3 to the Saints in Week Nine and thought there’s no way Tampa Bay could win the Super Bowl, that was understandable. No team in NFL history had ever won the Super Bowl after suffering that bad a loss in the regular season.

Of the 55 teams that have won the Super Bowl, the Bucs were the first to lose a game by 35 points in the regular season, according to John Breech of CBSSports.com.

The previous worst loss ever by an eventual Super Bowl winner was suffered by the 1994 49ers, who lost to the Eagles 40-8 in the regular season.

Only three other times has an eventual Super Bowl winner lost by 30 points or more in the regular season, and one of those times the quarterback was Tom Brady: The 2003 Patriots lost 31-0 to the Bills in Week One but went on to win the Super Bowl. The other two times it happened were the 1976 Raiders losing 48-17 to the Patriots and the 2012 Ravens losing 43-13 to the Texans.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said after that 38-3 loss that “Everybody’s pissed off” and the loss “can’t carry over” into the regular season. It didn’t.

13 responses to “Buccaneers’ 38-3 loss to Saints was worst loss ever for a Super Bowl winner

  1. Fun fact: The Saints swept the Bucs in the regular season both times TB won the Super Bowl. Exhibit A as to why 1. Everyone is 0-0 when the playoffs start and 2. It’s hard to beat the same team thrice in one season.

  2. Liberty Biberty says:
    February 13, 2021 at 7:11 am
    Fun fact: The Saints swept the Bucs in the regular season both times TB won the Super Bowl. Exhibit A as to why 1. Everyone is 0-0 when the playoffs start and 2. It’s hard to beat the same team thrice in one season.

    Fun Fact, Bucs beat the Saints in New Orleans in thier Super Bowl win year as well..The point to all of this? There is none!

  3. If you ask the Saints, I’m sure they would have preferred to win the playoff game rather than the 2 regular season games. Yes, they beat the Bucs 2 games, but guess who got the Lombardi trophy and the rings, That’s what really counts. I feel bad for Brees. He shouldn’t have to go out like that.

  4. Just like in a single game, half time adjustments can changed the outcome of a game, coaching adjustments from game to game can improve a team… Bucs were just better coached in the playoffs when the game matters most… The Saints just relied on what they did the last time and paid for it!

  5. Entirely explained by the lack of preseason – Bucs’ O were rebuilt and still figuring it all out.

  6. The 2014-Patriots’ 41-14 lost to the Chiefs was pretty bad. Brady threw 2 interceptions, including a pick-6 and also lost a fumble. In the 4th quarter, Brady was benched & Jimmy G came in and scored the final TD.

    The team went on to Cincinnati & then won the SB against the Seahawks.

    So if it becomes a tradition of a huge, humiliating loss then a SB win, I’m ready for it.

  7. what’s the point, he’s been almost that far behind in the 4th quarter of super bowls and still won. he toys with mortals.

  8. It was impressive that Brees outplayed Brady so strongly in that game seeing he had 3 fractured ribs. Jared Cook blew the Bucs playoff game. Saints were up by a TD and were about to add on at least 3 when he fumbled. On the next drive a pass bounced off his face mask and was intercepted by the Bucs.

  9. ibillwt says:
    February 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm
    what’s the point, he’s been almost that far behind in the 4th quarter of super bowls and still won. he toys with mortals.
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    Where does that put Eli Manning since Manning beat Brady in 2 Superbowls?

  10. Honestly as soon as we swept them the way we did, i knew the Saints season was over – and with two good records, they were on a crash course for a postseason rematch. Pretty predictable, regardless of how much better the Saints clearly are. Lol

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