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Sunday, January 2, 1983 - Home Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 Chicago Bears 23

Doug Williams overcame several early turnovers and an aching knee and hamstring to throw touchdowns of 35 and 31 yards to Jimmie Giles that brought the Buccaneers back from a 23–6 deficit.

Otis Wilson returned one of Williams' interceptions 39 yards for a touchdown. A Gary Fencik interception and a Steve McMichael fumble recovery led to field goals. Bears players pointed to a missed 38-yard Bill Capece field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter as the point where the Bears' offense relaxed and the game turned. Following that play, a holding penalty and a Neal Colzie sack of Jim McMahon drove the Bears back to the 5-yard line, setting up the touchdown drive that brought the Buccaneers to within three points.

Capece tied the score by kicking a 40-yard field goal with 26 seconds left. After 20 consecutive pass attempts, the Buccaneers pitched right to James Wilder for their first offensive play in overtime. The play caught the Bears blitzing the middle in a nickel defense, and resulted in the Buccaneers' longest run play of the year, 47 yards to the Chicago 13-yard line. Saying that "He who messes around in field goal position lives to regret it", McKay immediately sent Capece to kick the winning field goal. Capece set records by being the first Buccaneer to kick four field goals in a game, and to kick 18 field goals in a season.

Williams passed and rushed for 397 combined yards, still the fifth highest total in Buccaneer history. James Owens' 30-yard kickoff return was the team's longest of the season. Buccaneer and Bear players alike credited the loud Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fans in the Stadium as a factor in the win.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 80°F. - Humidity 65% - Wind S.S.W. 10-15 mph Wind Chill 81°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Bob Frederic
    • UMPIRE: John Keck
    • LINE JUDGE: Bob Beeks
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Jerry Bergman
    • BACK JUDGE: Bill Swanson
    • FIELD JUDGE: Don Hakes
    • SIDE JUDGE: Gary Lane
    SCORING
    • BEARS: 07:59-1Q Thomas FG43
    • BEARS: 13:58-2Q Thomas FG19
    • BEARS: 12:02-2Q Wilson 39 interception return (Thomas kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 07:26-2Q Capece FG27
    • BUCCANEERS: 04:26-2Q Capece FG31
    • BEARS: 01:41-2Q Baschnagel 19 pass from McMahon (Thomas kick)
    • BEARS: 06:58-3Q Thomas FG19
    • BUCCANEERS: 05:03-3Q Giles 35 pass from Williams (Capece kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 08:03-4Q Giles 31 pass from Williams (Capece kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 00:26-4Q Capece FG40
    • BUCCANEERS: 12:21-OT Capece FG33
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #84 G. Jones
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #72 R. Snell
    • C: #50 S. Wilson
    • RG: #61 G. Roberts
    • RT: #62 S. Farrell
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #89 K. House
    • QB: #12 D. Wiliams
    • FB: #32 J. Wilder
    • TB: #28 M. Carver
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #65 D. Stalls
    • NT: #76 D. Logan
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #59 A. Hawkins
    • LILB: #56 C. Johnson
    • RILB: #52 S. Brantley
    • ROLB: #53 H. Green
    • LCB: #41 N. Thomas
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #20 N. Colzie
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 1 Morton, 3 Capece, 9 Swider, 11 Golsteyn, 21 Holt, 22 Smith, 24 Morris, 26 Owens, 33 Cotney, 35 Moser, 44 Middleton, 54 Wood, 57 Leonard, 58 Davis, 66 Reese, 68 Yarno, 73 Hannah, 78 Cannon, 82 J Bell, 83 T Bell, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 15 Quinn, 55 Jeffers, 74 Sanders, 81 Tyler
    INACTIVE
    • none.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Wilder 6-61, House 4-95, Jones 4-56, T.Bell 4-50, Giles 3-75, Owens 3-23, Carter 1-7.
    • BEARS: Bachnagel 4-59, Payton 3-17, Margerum 2-41, Watts 1-31, Suhey 1-15, Moorehead 1-4.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 49-25-367-2-2, Golsteyn 1-0-0-0-0.
    • BEARS: McMahon 30-12-167-0-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Wilder 6-61, House 4-95, Jones 4-56, T.Bell 4-50, Giles 3-75, Owens 3-23, Carter 1-7.
    • BEARS: Baschnagel 4-59, Payton 3-17, Margerum 2-41, Watts 1-31, Suhey 1-15, Moorehead 1-4.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • BEARS: Wilson 1-39, Fencik 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Owens 3-52, Carver 2-44, Davis 1-0.
    • BEARS: Watts 4-78, Gentry 2-30, Harper 1-0.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Holt 3-28, T.Bell 2-6.
    • BEARS: Fisher 2-24.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Stalls 2-15, Colzie 1-14, Selmon 1-3.
    • BEARS: Osborne 1-20, Harris 1-11, Hampton 1-11.

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