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Sunday, December 16, 1979 - Home Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 03 Kansas City Chiefs 00

HISTORICAL MARKER: First shutout in franchise history

Playing in a torrential downpour, the Buccaneers scored the first shutout in franchise history to clinch their first playoff berth and the NFC Central title.

The Chiefs were held to a franchise-low 80 yards of total offense.

Despite the rain, Ricky Bell claimed that the field had better traction than the dry field they had played on the week previously in San Francisco.

Bell carried the ball 39 times for 137 yards in such bad weather that the game had to be played under lights. The Buccaneers lost four previous scoring opportunities to a fumble, two interceptions, and a fumbled snap on a field goal attempt. Shut out of the end zone on three tries with first-and-goal from the 9-yard line, the Buccaneers brought Neil O'Donoghue in to kick what would be the winning field goal with 8:50 remaining.

Tampa Bay would hold the ball for all but four plays for the rest of the game.

The Chiefs players gave the Buccaneers little credit after the victory, saying that the AFC was superior to the NFC and that the Buccaneers would never have won the AFC West

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Rain - 67°F. - Humidity 96% - Wind N.E. 5mph - Wind Chill 64°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Jerry Seemon
    • UMPIRE: Frank Sinkovitz
    • LINE JUDGE: Bob McElwee
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Gil Mace
    • BACK JUDGE: Al Jury
    • FIELD JUDGE: Bill O'Brien
    • SIDE JUDGE: Bob Ricek
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 07:10-4Q O'Donoghue FG19
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #81 I. Hagins
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #64 G. Horton
    • C: #50 S. Wilson
    • RG: #61 G. Roberts
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #87 L. Mucker
    • QB: #12 D. Williams
    • 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: #56 C. Johnson
    • LCB: #45 J. White
    • RCB: #46 D. Reece
    • SS: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 6 O'Donoghue, 16 Blanchard, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 27 T Davis, 36 Berns, 43 Eckwood, 44 Cesare, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 66 Yarno, 69 Austin, 74 Sanders, 76 Logan, 77 Kollar, 79 Lewis, 84 Jones, 86 Obradovich, 87 Mucker
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 14 Fusina, 15 Rae, 40 Washington
    INACTIVE
    • none.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 39-137, Eckwood 13-65, Williams 7-25, Davis 1-2, Blanchard 1-0, Ragsdale 1-(-5).
    • CHIEFS: Gant 6-25, Williams 5-15, McKnight 9-12, Fuller 2-6.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 13-5-51-2-0.
    • CHIEFS: Fuller 13-7-46-1-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Giles 3-25, Eckwood 2-26.
    • CHIEFS: Gant 3-24, Samuels 2-13, McKnight 1-5, Marshall 1-4.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Wood 1-13.
    • CHIEFS: Collier 1-40, Christopher 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 1-13.
    • CHIEFS: Dirden 1-28.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 6-41.
    • CHIEFS: Smith 2-15.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Cotney 1-11, Crowder 1-7, L.Selmon 1-6.
    • CHIEFS: Still 1-6.

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