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Sunday, November 17, 1996 - Away Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25 San Diego Chargers 17

Lynch led the Buccaneers with five tackles and was a key run-stopper that limited the Chargers to 94 yards on the ground. But all week long, the Buccaneers had talked about producing more turnovers. They entered the game tied for 25th in the NFL with just 14 turnovers, including only seven interceptions.

Lynch was as surprised as anyone when Humphries overthrew tight end Brian Roche, but not surprised enough to drop the ball. He returned the interception 25 yards to the San Diego 18 to set up the Buccaneers' go-ahead touchdown.

"I thought this is Christmas," said Lynch. "Occasionally you get those kind of throws, and you don't give them back. We did a good job of stopping the run, and our defensive line put on great pressure. We did a good job of mixing the blitz in and then the second half we just beat them with a straight four-man rush."

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Sunny - 71°F. - Humidity 58% - Wind W.S.W. 9mph - Wind Chill 69°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Red Cashion
    • UMPIRE: Al Conway
    • LINE JUDGE: Bill Spyksma
    • SIDE JUDGE: Nate Jones
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Sid Semon
    • BACK JUDGE: Jim Saracino
    • FIELD JUDGE: Bill Schmitz
    • REPLAY OFFICIAL: not documented
    SCORING
    • CHARGERS: 13:55-1Q Jones 63 pass from Humphries (Carney kick)
    • CHARGERS: 04:12-1Q Russell 14 run (Carney kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 00:44-1Q Husted FG33
    • BUCCANEERS: 07:15-2Q Alstott 4 run (Husted kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 00:00-2Q Husted FG29
    • CHARGERS: 07:17-3Q Carney FG42
    • BUCCANEERS: 08:32-4Q Husted FG27
    • BUCCANEERS: 06:02-4Q Rhett 1 run (two-pt. attempt failed)
    • BUCCANEERS: 01:11-4Q Husted FG19
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #84 R. Thomas
    • LT: #74 P. Gruber
    • LG: #60 J. Pyne
    • C: #61 T. Mayberry
    • RG: #62 I. Beckles
    • RT: #70 J. Odom
    • TE: #81 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
    • LLB: #51 L. Marts
    • MLB: #56 H. Nickerson
    • RLB: #55 D. Brooks
    • LCB: #35 M. Mayhew
    • RCB: #21 D. Abraham
    • FS: #25 M. Johnson
    • SS: #47 J. Lynch
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 1 Marshall, 5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 23 Bouie, 29 Gant, 33 Staten, 37 Ellison, 39 Dimry, 45 Legette, 50 Gooch, 57 Jones, 68 Crisman, 69 Pierson, 78 Jones, 80 Harper, 82 Tate, 83 Moore, 86 Williams, 93 DuBose, 94 White, 97 Jackson
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 11 Weldon, 64 Diaz
    INACTIVE
    • 13 Milanovich, 22 Mincy, 27 Austin, 41 Brooks, 65 Ingram, 75 Curry, 87 Silvan, 90 Maniecki

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Alstott 9-39, Barnhardt 1-25, Rhett 20-24, Ellison 2-11, Dilfer 2-0.
    • CHARGERS: Russell 14-76, Fletcher 4-13, Humphries 1-5.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Dilfer 40-30-327-1-0.
    • CHARGERS: Humphries 33-15-203-3-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hawkins 7-94, Alstott 6-53, Thomas 5-54, Moore 3-38, Williams 3-29, Harris 2-8, Rhett 2-5, Harper 1-27, Ellison 1-19.
    • CHARGERS: Fletcher 6-46, May 2-44, Roche 2-14, Ellison 2-9, Jones 1-63, Martin 1-18, Coleman 1-9.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Lynch 1-25, Abraham 1-21, Dimry 1-1.
    • CHARGERS: Harrison 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Marshall 4-115.
    • CHARGERS: Coleman 5-107.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Marshall 3-38.
    • CHARGERS: Gordon 1-3.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Upshaw 1-12, Marts 1-8.
    • CHARGERS: Mims 1-3.

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