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Bucs 24, Eagles 17

WHAT: NFC divisional game.

WHEN: Dec. 29, 1979.

WHERE: Tampa Stadium.

KEY MOMENT: After the Eagles narrowed the Bucs lead to 17-10, QB Doug Williams hit TE Jimmie Giles for a 9-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

RECAP: The Bucs used an 18-play, 80-yard opening drive that took more than nine minutes to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead on a 4-yard run by Bell. In the drive, Bell carried nine times for 37 yards. . . . The Bucs held the Eagles to 48 yards rushing. . . . With the Bucs ahead 10-0 in the second quarter and facing fourth and goal from the Eagles 1, Bell followed a block from LT Darryl Carlton to give Tampa Bay a 17-0 lead. But the Eagles were able to regain some momentum before the break after LB Jerry Robinson's interception gave the Eagles the ball at the Bucs 11. Two plays later, Charles Smith caught a Ron Jaworski pass to make it 17-7. Philadelphia's Tony Franklin's 42-yard field goal narrowed the margin to seven before Giles' reception put the game away.


2 _ Sacks by Bucs DE Lee Roy Selmon.

38 _ Carries by RB Ricky Bell.

142 _ Yards gained by Bell.

186 _ Rushing yards by Bucs.

Rams 9, Bucs 0

WHAT: NFC Championship Game.

WHEN: Jan. 6, 1980.

WHERE: Tampa Stadium.

KEY MOMENT: TE Jimmie Giles caught what appeared to be a 31-yard touchdown pass from backup Mike Rae in the fourth quarter that would have narrowed the Rams' lead to 9-6, but a false-start penalty by rookie OL Greg Roberts negated the play.

RECAP: It was the first NFC Championship Game in which neither team scored a touchdown. . . . The Bucs were held to 177 yards of offense and allowed the Rams to rush for 216 yards on 53 carries. After a scoreless first quarter, Corral gave the Rams a 3-0 lead with a 19-yard field goal after Bucs defensive end Wally Chambers stopped running back Wendell Tyler on third and goal from the Bucs 1. . . . The Rams led 6-0 at halftime on another Corral field goal (21 yards) after linebacker Dewey Selmon stopped tight end Charles Young on third down at the 8 yard line. . . . Corral added one more in the fourth. . . . Rams DE Jack Youngblood, the former Florida standout, earned a spot in NFL lore by playing the entire game with a fractured leg.


3 _ Field goals by the Rams' Frank Corral.

7 _ First downs for Bucs.

8 _ Punts by Bucs for an average of 37.1 yards.

85 _ Yards passing for Bucs.


Cowboys 38, Bucs 0

WHAT: NFC divisional game.

WHEN: Jan. 2, 1982.

WHERE: Texas Stadium, Dallas.

KEY MOMENT: RB Tony Dorsett had runs of 25 and 26 yards as part of an 80-yard drive to open the third quarter. Dallas scored on 5-yard run by Ron Springs to make the score 17-0.

RECAP: It was a brutal day for Bucs QB Doug Williams. He was sacked four times, hurried countless more and threw four interceptions, two by CB Dennis Thurman. As expected, the offense could barely get into Dallas territory. . . . After a scoreless first quarter, Cowboys QB Danny White engineered a 53-yard drive that included two third-down completions. He hit WR Tony Hill from 9 yards for the first score. A 21-yard field goal by Rafael Septien made it 10-0 at the half. . . . The Cowboys scored 21 points in the third quarter to put the game away. . . . The Bucs' best chance to score came in the third after a 75-yard reception by Giles to the Dallas 5. Four plays later, the Bucs faced fourth and 9 and Williams, under pressure, threw incomplete to Giles in the end zone.


4 _ Sacks given up by Bucs.

8 _ Consecutive playoff quarters the Bucs were held scoreless.

10 _ Penalties given up for 105 yards.

212 _ Rushing yards by Cowboys.


Cowboys 30, Bucs 17

WHAT: NFC first-round game.

WHEN: Jan. 9, 1983.

WHERE: Texas Stadium, Irving.

KEY MOMENT: Ahead 17-16 in the fourth quarter, Bucs QB Doug Williams threw to WR Kevin House but was picked off by S Monty Hunter, who returned it 19 yards for a touchdown. Before the interception, a pair of penalties negated a first down and pinned the Bucs deep in their own territory. The Cowboys never trailed again.

RECAP: Thanks to five sacks, three takeaways and two long scoring plays, the Bucs seemed in command until the bottom fell out in the fourth quarter. . . . Trailing 6-0, the Bucs scored 10 unanswered points on a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown by LB Hugh Green and a 32-yard field goal by Bill Capece. But the Cowboys stalled Tampa Bay's momentum by putting together a 10-play, 75-yard drive. Danny White, who passed for 312 yards, threw 6 yards to RB Ron Springs for a touchdown to culminate the drive. . . . After Hunter's interception, the Cowboys iced the victory with an 81-yard drive, White passing 10 yards to RB Timmy Newsome for the final score.


5 _ Sacks by Bucs.

40 _ Minutes the Cowboys had the ball.

92 _ Offensive plays run by Cowboys.

179 _ Rushing yards by Cowboys.


Bucs 20, Lions 10

WHAT: NFC wild-card game.

WHEN: Dec. 28, 1997.

WHERE: Houlihan's Stadium, Tampa.

KEY MOMENT: Already leading 13-0 in the third quarter, the Bucs put the game away in a fashion befitting their style. FB Mike Alstott, who began the drive with a 7-yard run, ended it with a 31-yard bulldozer touchdown that gave the Bucs a 20-0 cushion.

RECAP: The Bucs hosted their first home playoff game since the '79 season and made it memorable by running out to big lead and holding off the Lions with a dramatic fourth-quarter play. After Detroit cut the lead to 20-10, the Bucs found themselves backed up to their own 5-yard line on the ensuing kickoff. The Lions' fortunes seemed even brighter two plays later when the Bucs faced third and 5. But Dilfer and WR Robb Thomas squashed the Detroit rally by connecting on a crossing pattern for 52 yards that sealed the win.


65 _ Yards rushing for the Lions' Barry Sanders.

141 _ Rushing yards for Bucs.

73,361 _ Fans in attendance.

175 _ Passing yards for Trent Dilfer.

Packers 21, Bucs 7

WHAT: NFC divisional game.

WHEN: Jan. 4, 1998.

WHERE: Lambeau Field, Green Bay.

KEY MOMENT: After rallying to narrow the Packers' lead to 13-7, the Bucs appeared in good position to force a punt. But on third and 18, QB Brett Favre threw a 22-yard pass to WR Derrick Mayes who caught the ball between the thigh and the calf of his leg for the first down. The Packers later scored on a 2-yard run by Dorsey Levens.

RECAP: The complexion of the game may have been different had DT Bob Kuberski not blocked Michael Husted's 43-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Packers turned around and marched 67 yards in seven plays and completed the 10-point turnaround with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Favre to TE Mark Chmura. . . . The Bucs again found themselves in good field position but failed to convert on a fake punt as TE John Davis was stopped for no gain on a shovel pass from holder Steve Walsh. . . . A bad snap on another field goal eliminated another scoring chance for the Bucs, who went into halftime trailing 13-0. . . . After Abraham intercepted Favre on the Bucs 4, Tampa Bay recorded the longest drive in its playoff history, marching 94 yards, the bulk of which came on a 52-yard reception by WR Reidel Anthony. A 6-yard run by Alstott capped the drive but was the only score for the Bucs.


2 _ Interceptions by Bucs CB Donnie Abraham.

3 _ Sacks for Bucs DT Warren Sapp.

171 _ Passing yards by Favre.

173 _ Passing yards by Trent Dilfer.


Bucs 14, Redskins 13

WHAT: NFC divisional game.

WHEN: Jan. 15, 2000.

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.

KEY MOMENT: With the Bucs trailing 13-0, S John Lynch intercepted Brad Johnson's pass late in the third quarter and challenged the offense to respond.

RECAP: The Bucs rallied from a 13-0 deficit, and stopped the league's second-ranked offense. Following Lynch's interception, the Bucs marched to the Redskins 2 where FB Mike Alstott shook off tackle after tackle to score. Two series later, DE Steve White forced a Johnson fumble at the 32. The Bucs moved to the 1 where King flipped a pass under pressure to TE John Davis. With the Bucs leading and 1:17 remaining, Dan Turk's bad snap on a 52-yard field goal preserved the victory.


2 _ Rank of Redskins offense entering the game.

157 _ Total yards of offense by the Redskins.

0 _ Offensive touchdowns by Washington.

100 _ Record-setting return yardage by the Redskins' Brian Mitchell with the opening kickoff of the second half.

23 _ Seasons since a rookie quarterback had won a playoff game before the Bucs' Shaun King.

Rams 11, Bucs 6

WHAT: NFC Championship Game.

WHEN: Jan. 23, 2000.

WHERE: Trans World Dome, St. Louis.

KEY MOMENT: Trailing 6-5, Rams QB Kurt Warner hit WR Ricky Proehl with a 30-yard TD pass to put St. Louis ahead with 4:44 remaining.

RECAP: The Bucs jumped out front quickly with DE Steve White intercepting a pass on the first play to set up a 25-yard field goal by Martin Gramatica. The Rams answered with a field goal and then took a 5-3 lead when King knocked the ball out of the end zone for a safety after a bad snap from C Tony Mayberry. Gramatica kicked a 23-yarder in the third period to give the Bucs a narrow edge. With about eight minutes remaining, Rams CB Dre Bly intercepted a King pass to set up the winning drive. The Bucs tried to answer, but Bert Emanuel's apparent 13-yard reception to the Rams 22 with 47 seconds left was reversed by replay officials, stalling the drive.


400.8 _ Yards of average total offense per game by Rams.

309 _ Total yards offense by Rams

3 _ Interceptions thrown by Warner.

14{ _ Points by which the Rams were favored.

5 _ Times Bucs QB Shaun King was sacked by the Rams.

_ Compiled by Roger Mills, Mike Stephenson.