THE BUCS AND THE CARDINALSThe all-time series with the Cardinals is led 10-9 by the Arizona team includes all games played when the franchise was based in St.Louis and then from 1988 when they were also known as the Phoenix Cardinals before changing their title during the 1990s. A five-game Cardinal winning streak from 1986 to 1988 put them ahead in the series but they also won the last meeting of the two teams, a 40-7 victory in Arizona in 2016. 18 December 1977Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 St.Louis Cardinals 7A week before the Buccaneers had ended their legendary 26-game losing streak with a 33-14 win over the New Orleans Saints. Now they came back to Tampa for the season finale and promptly made it two in a row before their long-suffering fans.Louis Carter's one-yard run and Gary Huff's 61-yard bomb to Morris Owens had the Bucs 14-0 up before half-time and the game ended with the fans storming the field and taking down the goal-posts. "They never got to see us win before, but I guess a lot of people can say that," Coach John McKay said. "I'm going to go home, take a shower and tell myself what a great coach I am. Fifteen more and we'll tie the record for most consecutive wins."Both coaches who were the first to lose to the Buccaneers, Hank Stram in New Orleans and Don Coryell in St.Louis, were both fired at the end of the 1977 season.8 November 1987Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28 St.Louis Cardinals 31The day that a Buc was worth three quarters to quote one of the most famous Tampa sports headlines. The Buccaneers held a 28-3 lead going into the fourth quarter but suffered one of the most incredible losses in NFL history as the Cardinals scored four unanswered touchdowns to take victory.Three Neil Lomax touchdown passes and a returned fumble saw the minimal 22,449 crowd at Busch Stadium enjoy one last great day before their franchise headed to Phoenix at the end of the season. The Bucs began an eight-game losing streak that saw their 4-3 record become 4-11 by the end of the season. "We don't have enough guts to suck up what we need to suck up, and we're not mature enough as a team to do what it takes in the fourth quarter to win a game," said Tampa Bay head coach Ray Perkins. "We have not learned to win when we're really tired. And that's what winners do." 28 September 1997Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19 Arizona Cardinals 18This was the day when the Bucs equalled their best start to a season by moving to 5-0, their first season in their new Pewter colours and on their way to their first playoff appearance in 15 years. But this was no offensive epic masterpiece and Tony Dungy's team relied on a bunch of special moments to record victory.Alshermond Singleton recovered a blocked punt in the endzone for one touchdown, Tommy Barnhardt completed a fake punt pass and Karl Williams wound up scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 4th down 31-yard pass from Trent Dilfer. But it still required a missed 47-yard fieldgoal as time expired by Kevin Butler to preserve the win."Every championship team, if they look back, has a couple of games like this when everything isn't going quite right," Dungy said. "Some way, somehow, they find a way to win it." Making his NFL debut this day was a rookie DB named Ronde Barber who was promptly lit up by Cardinal WR Rob Moore to the extent of eight catches for 147 yards. Barber would remain on the inactive list for most of the remainder of the 1997 season and there was real talk amongst the coaching staff about releasing the 3rd round pick. 20 years later and he is seemingly a lock for the NFL Hall of Fame. A lesson for fans quick to pass judgement on first-year players?