3 best Raiders teams in history to not win the Super Bowl

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: (EDITORS NOTE - This image has been converted to black and white) Oakland Raiders helmet is seen on the field after the game between Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: (EDITORS NOTE - This image has been converted to black and white) Oakland Raiders helmet is seen on the field after the game between Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO – JANUARY 26: Rich Gannon #12 of the Oakland Raiders fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Warren Sapp #99 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Buccaneers won 48-21. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO – JANUARY 26: Rich Gannon #12 of the Oakland Raiders fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Warren Sapp #99 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Buccaneers won 48-21. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

2002

From 2000-2002 the Raiders were ever so close to getting the franchise’s fourth Superb Bowl but unfortunately suffered heartbreak after heartbreak. In 2000, there was the infamous Tony Siragusa hit on Rich Gannon in the AFC Championship game that helped result in a 16-3 loss at home to the Baltimore Ravens. Then we all know what happened in 2001 against the New England Patriots in Foxborough (it that shall not be named).

However, after getting so close the years prior, the Raiders finally broke through and got to the Superbowl in 2002. They had the best offense in the league in terms of yards, and Gannon would win his first and only MVP at age 37. The defense was good, not great, ranking 11th in yards, but was 6th in points allowed.

After an 11-5 regular season, Oakland easily handed the New Jets in the divisional round then took care of the Tennessee Titans in the AFC championship.

Unfortunately, much like in 2000 against the Ravens, Oakland went up against a historic Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense in Superbowl. They also had the misfortune of facing their former head coach Jon Gruden who was traded to Tampa by Al Davis in February of 2002 for draft picks and cash. The combination of great defense and Gruden still knowing the Raiders inside and out was too much to overcome, and the Bucs easily defeated the Raiders 48-21.

The Raiders have yet to win a playoff game since this bitter defeat.