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Sunday, December 22, 1996 - Home Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34 Chicago Bears 19

The Buccaneers were in-it-to-win-it as they displayed an all-around great effort, as Tampa Bay controlled the ball offensively, defensively on special teams and in bleachers with fans on the way to a 31-7 halftime lead.

Rookie Karl Williams, maid his historical mark by returning a second-quarter punt 88 yards for a touchdown, only the second Buccaneers kick return ever returned to the end zone.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Clear - 71°F. - Humidity 51% - Wind E. 9 mph Wind Chill 68°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Howard Roe
    • UMPIRE: Ron Botchan
    • LINE JUDGE: Tom Barnes
    • SIDE JUDGE: Tom Fincken
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Aaron Pointer
    • BACK JUDGE: Tony Corrente
    • FIELD JUDGE: Don Dorkowski
    • REPLAY OFFICIAL: not documented
    SCORING
    • BEARS: 07:20-1Q Harris 1 run (Jaeger kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 01:19-1Q Moore 2 pass from Dilfer (Husted kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:25-2Q Rhett 3 run (Husted kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 08:45-2Q Williams 88 punt return (Husted kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 04:32-2Q Hawkins 15 pass from Dilfer (Husted kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 00:00-2Q Husted FG50
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:40-4Q Husted FG22
    • BEARS: 02:14-4Q Engram 6 pass from Matthews (two-pt.attempt failed)
    • BEARS: 00:18-4Q Matthews 2 run (two-pt. attempt failed)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #82 A. Harper
    • LT: #74 P. Gruber
    • G: #64 J. Diaz
    • C: #61 T. Mayberry
    • RG: #62 I. Beckles
    • RT: #70 J. Odom
    • TE: #80 J. Harris
    • WR: #85 C. Hawkins
    • QB: #12 T. Dilfer
    • RB: #32 E. Rhett
    • FB: #40 M. Alstott
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #72 C. Ahanotu
    • NT: #77 B. Culpepper
    • UT: #99 W. Sapp
    • RE: #73 R. Upshaw
    • DB: #39 C. Dimry
    • MLB: #56 H. Nickerson
    • RLB: #55 D. Brooks
    • LCB: #35 M. Mayhew
    • RCB: #21 D. Abraham
    • SS: #47 J. Lynch
    • FS: #25 M. Johnson
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 1 Marshall, 5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 11 Weldon, 22 Mincy, 23 Bouie, 29 Gant, 33 Staten, 37 Ellison, 41 Brooks, 45 Legette, 51 Marts, 57 Jones, 65 Dogins, 68 Crisman, 69 Pierson, 75 Curry, 78 Jones, 82 Tate, 83 Moore, 86 Williams, 93 DuBose, 94 White
    DID NOT PLAY
    • none.
    INACTIVE
    • 13 Milanovich, 27 Austin, 58 Williams, 67 Ingram, 84 Thomas, 87 Silvan, 90 Maniecki, 97 Jackson

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Rhett 14-44, Alstott 11-42, Brooks 2-2, Ellison 2-1, Dilfer 1-1, Weldon 1-(-1).
    • BEARS: Salaam 7-35, Harris 9-26, Carter 1-3, Matthews 1-2, Krieg 1-1.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Dilfer 14-11-104-0-2.
    • BEARS: Krieg 26-17-139-1-0, Matthews 17-13-158-0-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hawkins 4-55, Harper 2-21, Alstott 2-14, Moore 2-8, Harris 1-6.
    • BEARS: Conway 9-120, Harris 6-22, Wetnight 4-61, Timpson 4-35, Engram 2-23, Cash 2-15, Salaam 1-8, Jackson 1-7, Carter 1-6.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Mincy 1-26.
    • BEARS: none.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 2-49.
    • BEARS: Jackson 5-88, Engram 1-19.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 2-100.
    • BEARS: Engram 0-0.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Nickerson 2-15, Upshaw 1-7, Sapp 1-3.
    • BEARS: Spellman 1-12.

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