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Denver Broncos-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ranking the top 10 defenses of the Super Bowl era

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26:  Defensive tackle Warren Sapp #99 and defensive tackle Greg Spires #94 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate Spires' sack of quarterback Rich Gannon #12 of the Oakland Raiders during Super Bowl XXXVII at Qualcomm Stadium on January 26, 2003 in San Diego, California.  The Buccaneers won 48-21.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26: Defensive tackle Warren Sapp #99 and defensive tackle Greg Spires #94 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate Spires' sack of quarterback Rich Gannon #12 of the Oakland Raiders during Super Bowl XXXVII at Qualcomm Stadium on January 26, 2003 in San Diego, California. The Buccaneers won 48-21. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

TAMPA — With the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos in town to face the Bucs on Sunday, Tampa Bay Times Sports columnist Tom Jones ranks the top 10 defenses of the Super Bowl era:

1. 1976 Steelers: Allowed only 28 points in the final nine games of the season.

2. 1985 Bears: Pitched two shutouts in the playoffs.

3. 2000 Ravens: Won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer at QB. Man, that's good.

4. 2002 Bucs: Monte Kiffin's defense scored three times in the Super Bowl.

5. 2015 Broncos: Playoff run included beating Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton.

6. 2013 Seahawks: Recorded 28 interceptions and 44 sacks. Shut down Peyton Manning in Super Bowl.

7. 1972 Dolphins: No-Name Defense led perfect season by leading league in points and yards allowed.

8. 1969 Vikings: Purple People Eaters allowed a mere 9.5 points per game.

9. 1966 Packers: Featured five Hall of Famers.

10. 1990 Giants: Allowed only 13.2 points per game despite playing seven playoff teams during regular season.

Denver Broncos-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ranking the top 10 defenses of the Super Bowl era 09/30/16 [Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2016 1:57pm]
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