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Sunday, December 2, 1979 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 00 Chicago Bears 14

Buccaneers quarterback Doug Williams completed only 5 of 19 passes for 60 yards with four interceptions before being pulled in favor of Mike Rae.

Bears quarterback Mike Phipps completed six passes, all to Dave Williams. The Bears scored on one of those receptions, and on a Walter Payton run.

The Buccaneers' Williams was nearly ejected from the game after throwing Bears lineman Mike Hartenstine to the ground by his face mask after a Gary Fencik interception. The Bears' five interceptions were their most against the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers' play was later described as "flat" by Bears players. Wally Chambers dismissed talk of the team's inexperience, noting the intensity with which the team had played against the Giants two weeks prior.

The last time the Buccaneers had been shut out previous to this game was the last game of their 0–26 losing streak in 1977, also against the Bears.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 60°F. - Humidity 45% - Wind N.E. 15 mph Wind Chill 60°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Fred Silva
    • UMPIRE: Ralph Morcroft
    • LINE JUDGE: Jack Johnson
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Norm Kragseth
    • BACK JUDGE: Jim Kearney
    • FIELD JUDGE: Don Orr
    • SIDE JUDGE: Dave Hawk
    SCORING
    • BEARS: 03:03-1Q Payton 1 run (Thomas kick)
    • BEARS: 04:04-2Q Williams 13 pass from Phipps (Thomas kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #81 I. Hagins
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #64 G. Horton
    • C: #50 S. Wilson
    • RG: #61 G. Roberts
    • RT: #73 C. Hannah
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #87 L. Mucker
    • QB: #12 D. Wiliams
    • RB: #42 R. Bell
    • RB: #38 J. Davis
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #60 W. Chambers
    • NT: #71 R. Crowder
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • LILB: #61 D. Selmon
    • RILB: #54 R. Wood
    • ROLB: #51 D. Nafziger
    • LCB: #45 J. White
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #25 C. Jordan
    • RS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 6 O'Donoghue, 15 Rae, 16 Blanchard, 27 T Davis, 33 Cotney, 36 Berns, 43 Eckwood, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 53 Bonness, 56 Johnson, 69 Austin, 70 Carlton, 74 Sanders, 76 Logan, 77 Kollar, 79 Lewis, 86 Obradovich, 87 Mucker
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 14 Fusina, 23 Ragsdale, 66 Yarno, 84 Jones
    INACTIVE
    • none.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 24-80, J.Davis 6-23, Giles 1-(-2), Williams 1-4, Rae 1-2.
    • BEARS: Payton 22-77, Williams 16-40, McClendon 8-24, Perrin 1-4, Phipps 1-2.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 19-5-60-4-0, Rae 12-6-98-1-0.
    • BEARS: Phipps 15-6-26-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hagins 4-67, Owens 2-27, Giles 2-20, Obradovich 1-19, Bell 1-16, J.Davis 1-9.
    • BEARS: Williams 6-26.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • BEARS: Schmidt 2-16, Fencik 2-14, Ellis 1-21.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 7-38.
    • BEARS: Walterscheid 2-16, Schubert 2-4.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Hagins 3-55.
    • BEARS: Walterscheid 1-23.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Nafziger 1-9.
    • BEARS: Page 1.5-15, Campbell 1-8, Hampton 0.5-4.

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