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Teams used past failures as stepping stones

Both the Bucs and Raiders had to experience a few lows before putting it all together to reach the Super Bowl.

Updated: March 31, 2003, 11:26 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- How is it that a team suddenly finds itself?

Consider the thousands of variables that come together in the minds and bodies of 53 players to produce a champion -- a unit that almost magically exceeds the sum of its parts.

It is a Yin-Yang conundrum. Sheer athletic ability is the foundation, of course, but experience is essential. Too much of one and not enough of the other guarantees failure. But on the rare occasions when they exist in balance and harmony, wondrous things ...

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