Thirty minutes before kickoff, the Buccaneers announced that Sunday’s game against the visiting Eagles had completely sold out, promising a packed house for what could be one of the most memorable afternoons in the history of Raymond James Stadium.
Facing the 3-9 Eagles, the Buccaneers will attempt to improve to 7-6 and stay right in the thick of the NFC playoff race. At the same time, the franchise will also pay homage to the greatest playoff team in Bucs history, the 2002 squad that won Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21, over the Oakland Raiders. The reunited coaches and players from that ’02 team will be honored during an emotionally-charged halftime ceremony, with former Head Coach Jon Gruden delivering a speech.
Sunday’s game will also be broadcast in the Bay area by FOX, as the team reached the 85% threshold of non-premium seat sales by Thursday’s 72-hour deadline. Continued sales over the weekend then guaranteed the Buccaneers their biggest crowd in two seasons.