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Sunday August 31, 1997 - Home Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 San Francisco 49ers 06

The "new-look" Buccaneers opened the season against San Francisco. It was the first game for new 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci, and it was the start of the second season for Tampa Bay's Tony Dungy.

The Buccaneers defense sacked the 49ers seven times, and knocked both Steve Young and Jerry Rice out of the game.

Early in the first quarter, Warren Sapp sacked Steve Young, who suffered a minor concussion. Later in the second quarter, Sapp tackled Rice on a busted reverse play. Rice tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee, sidelining him for 14 weeks.

Trailing 6–3 in the fourth quarter, Trent Dilfer faked a hand-off up the middle to Mike Alstott and rolled out to pass to a wide-open Dave Moore in the endzone. The Buccaneers won 13–6, and the victory was considered a "statement game" for the club, particularly on defense.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 93°F. - Humidity 71% - Wind S.S.E. 4 mph Wind Chill 90°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Phil Luckett
    • UMPIRE: Ron Botchan
    • LINE JUDGE: Tom Barnes
    • SIDE JUDGE: Doug Toole
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Gary Slaughter
    • BACK JUDGE: Tony Corrente
    • FIELD JUDGE: Don Dorkowski
    • REPLAY OFFICIAL: none.
    SCORING
    • 49ERS: 01:50-1Q Anderson FG30
    • 49ERS: 02:57-2Q Anderson FG40
    • BUCS: 00:23-3QHusted FG40
    • BUCS: 09:23-4Q Moore 1 pass from Dilfer (Husted kick)
    • BUCS: 06:48-4Q Husted FG34
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #86 K. Williams
    • LT: #74 P. Gruber
    • LG: #60 J. Pyne
    • C: #61 T. Mayberry
    • RG: #64 J. Diaz
    • RT: #70 J. Odom
    • TE: #80 J. Harris
    • WR: #84 R. Thomas
    • QB: #12 T. Dilfer
    • RB: #28 W. Dunn
    • FB: #40 M. Alstott
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #72 C. Ahanotu
    • NT: #77 B. Culpepper
    • UT: #99 W. Sapp
    • RE: #91 R. Upshaw
    • SLB: #59 R. Porter
    • MLB: #56 H. Nicherson
    • WLB: #55 D. Brooks
    • LCB: #21 D. Abraham
    • RCB: #27 A. Parker
    • SS: #47 J. Lynch
    • FS: #25 M. Johnson
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 19 Hunter, 22 Mincy, 23 Bouie, 26 Rusk, 29 Gant, 37 Ellison, 45 Legette, 51 Singleton, 52 Bellisari, 53 Quarles, 69 Pierson, 71 Wunsch, 73 Middleton, 75 Curry, 78 Jones, 82 Hape, 83 Moore, 85 Anthony, 94 White
    DID NOT PLAY

    • 4 Walsh, 32 Rhett
    INACTIVE
    • 13 Milanovich, 20 Barber, 50 Gooch, 65 Dogins, 87 Davis, 88 Copeland, 90 Maniecki, 97 Jackson

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Alstott 14-69, Dunn 8-37, Dilfer 4-8, Hape 1-1.
    • 49ERS: Hearst 18-84, Kirby 5-19, Floyd 2-6, Young 1-1, Rice 1-(-10).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Dilfer 26-14-165-1-1.
    • 49ERS: Brohm 13-10-99-0-0, Druckenmiller 8-4-33-1-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 3-74, Alstott 3-50, Thomas 2-9, Moore 2-6, Dunn 2-4, Harris 1-15, Anthony 1-7.
    • 49ERS: Rice 4-38, Uwaezuoke 2-29, Kirby 2-22, Jones 2-20, Hearst 2-6, Owens 1-12, Floyd 1-5
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Legette 1-0.
    • 49ERS: Pope 1-7.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 2-49, Dunn 1-26.
    • 49ERS: Owens 2-31, Uwaezuoke 1-25.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 1-8.
    • 49ERS: Uwaezuoke 2-20.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Sapp 2.5-21, Upshaw 2-9, Nickerson 1-6, Culpepper 0.5-5, Brooks 0.5-0, Porter 0.5-0.
    • 49ERS: Walker 1-9, Doleman 1-0.

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