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Sunday September 28, 1997 - Away Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19 Arizona Cardinals 18

The Buccaneers offense sputtered, but the defense did enough to keep the Buccaneers in the game.

Alshermond Singleton blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown. With less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Karl Williams scored a go-ahead 31-yard touchdown on fourth down. With Tampa Bay leading 19–18, Arizona drove to the Tampa Bay 29-yard line in the closing seconds.

Cardinals kicker Kevin Butler missed a 47-yard field goal wide right, and the Buccaneers held on to start the season 5–0.

This would be Ronde Barber's first regular season game with the Buccaneers. The 5–0 start matched the franchise best set in 1979.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Partly Cloudy - 86°F. - Humidity 62% - Wind W.S.W. 12 mph Wind Chill 84°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Dale Hammer
    • UMPIRE: Ed Coukart
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Sanford Rivers
    • LINE JUDGE: Ron Winter
    • BACK JUDGE: Steven Zimmer
    • FIELD JUDGE: Jeff Triplette
    • SIDE JUDGE: Tommy Moore
    • REPLAY OFFICAL: NOT DOCUMENTED
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 6:53-1Q Singleton recovered blocked punt in endzone (kick failed)
    • BUCCANEERS: 5:46-2Q Anthony 8 pass from Dilfer (2 pt conversion failed)
    • CARDINALS: 1:52-2Q Moore 21 pass from Graham (Butler kick)
    • CARDINALS: 9:48-3Q Butler FG37
    • CARDINALS: 0:26-3Q Williams 42 interception return (Sanders pass from Graham)
    • BUCCANEERS: 4:48-4Q Williams 31 pass from Dilfer (Husted kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #85 R. Anthony
    • 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: #88 H. Copeland
    • 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: #50 J. Gooch
    • MLB: #56 H. Nickerson
    • WLB: #55 D. Brooks
    • LCB: #21 D. Abraham
    • RCB: #45 T. Legette
    • SS: #47 J. Lynch
    • FS: #25 M. Johnson
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 20 Barber, 22 Mincy, 23 Bouie, 29 Gant, 31 Young, 37 Ellison, 51 Singleton, 52 Bellisari, 53 Quarles, 69 Pierson, 71 Wunsch, 73 Middleton, 78 Jones, 82 Hape, 83 Moore, 84 Thomas, 86 Williams, 94 White, 97 Jackson
    DID NOT PLAY

    • 4 Walsh, 32 Rhett
    INACTIVE
    • 13 Milanovich, 24 Robinson, 27 Parker, 59 Porter, 65 Dogins, 75 Curry, 87 Davis, 90 Maniecki

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Alstott 8-27, Dunn 10-27, Dilfer 2-0.
    • CARDINALS: McElroy 13-40, Johnson 5-21, Centers 4-4, McKinnon 1-3, Graham 1-2, Swann 1-0.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Dilfer 24-12-110-1-2, Barnhardt 1-1-25-0-0.
    • CARDINALS: Graham 52-31-339-2-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Anthony 5-49, Harris 3-10, Dunn 2-10, Williams 1-31, Bouie 1-25, Copeland 1-10.
    • CARDINALS: Moore 8-147, Centers 8-58, Sanders 5-60, Edwards 3-27, Williams 2-15, McElroy 2-11, Gedney 1-17, Carter 1-4, Johnson 1-0.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Abraham 1-0, Lynch 1-0.
    • CARDINALS: Williams 1-42.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 2-43, Dunn 1-30.
    • CARDINALS: Williams 2-46.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 4-57.
    • CARDINALS: Williams 2-21.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Culpepper 3-19, Ahanotu 2-21, Sapp 1-5.
    • CARDINALS: Swann 2-12, Smith 1-10.

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