NFC EASTAFC EASTPhiladelphia 12-4New England14-2Dallas10-6Miami10-6Washington5-11Buffalo6-10NY Giants4-12NY Jets6-10NFC NORTHAFC NORTHGreen Bay 10-6Baltimore 10-6Chicago9-7Cincinnati8-8Minnesota7-9Pittsburgh6-10Detroit5-11Cleveland 5-11NFC SOUTHAFC SOUTHCarolina11-5Indianapolis12-4New Orleans8-8Tennessee12-4Tampa Bay7-9Houston5-11Atlanta5-11Jacksonville5-11NFC WESTAFC WESTSt.Louis12-4Kansas City13-3Seattle10-6Denver10-6San Francisco7-9Oakland4-12Arizona4-12San Diego4-12WILD CARD GAMESWILD CARD GAMESCarolina 29 Dallas 10Tennessee 17 Baltimore 14Green Bay 33 Seattle 27Indianapolis 41 Denver 10DIVISIONAL GAMESDIVISIONAL GAMESCarolina 29 St.Louis 23Indianapolis 38 Kansas City 31Philadelphia 20 Green Bay 17New England 17 Tennessee 14NFC CHAMPIONSHIPAFC CHAMPIONSHIPCarolina 14 Philadelphia 3New England 24 Indianapolis 14SUPER BOWL XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium, HoustonNew England 32 Carolina 29
The 2003 season saw the Bucs playing as defending Super Bowl champions with all the pressures and expectations that title brought. And despite all the talk of repeating, only on rare occasions did those champion Buccaneers appear during the season. The breaks and the injuries just did not go their way and the first losing season since 1996 was the end result. By the time finished in Tennessee, back-ups were all over the field and there would be no Tampa Bay presence in the post-season.