- October 22, 2021
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to renew their once-bitter rivalry with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, and the ghosts of games past will haunt the Philly air when those pewter hats take the field.
These two teams were never in the same division, but that didn’t stop them from developing a postseason-inflenced hatred for one another, one that culminated in the most iconic moment in Bucs history.
If you ask any Eagles fan what their least-favorite moment in franchise history might be, or which opposing player they’ll forever hate the most, Bucs legend Rondé Barber is sure to get plenty of votes.
The most enduring image of a Tampa Bay Buccaneer will forever be the sight of No. 20 racing the length of the field on a chilly January evening, shutting down Veterans Stadium with his coast-to-coast interception return that sealed a dominant win over the Eagles, and sent the Bucs to their first Super Bowl:
Barber wasn’t done terrorizing the Eagles, either.
A few years later, Donovan McNabb brought his team south for a matchup against the Bucs, and Barber was once again a thorn in the Philly quarterback’s side.
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While Tampa Bay’s last-second victory over the Eagles in 2006 will be remembered by most for Matt Bryan’s 62-yard, game-winning field goal at the buzzer, it was Barber’s pair of pick-sixes that helped the Bucs build their early lead:
One of the most revolutionary defenders in NFL history, and one who should already be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Barber’s presence will always be felt every time these two teams face off.
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