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Sunday, September 13, 1981 - Away Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Kansas City Chiefs 19

A bad snap resulted in punter Tom Blanchard being tackled at the 14-yard line, setting up the Chiefs' only touchdown of the day, an 8-yard Ted McKnight run. The Buccaneers answered with a drive culminating in a 2-yard James Wilder touchdown run.

The game was marked by breakdowns of the Buccaneer special teams. Blanchard kicked an 18-yard punt after bobbling the snap, and J.T. Smith was allowed to return a punt 62 yards. The defense held the Chiefs to 59 first-half yards, with the score tied 10–10 at halftime.

The Kansas City offense controlled the ball for 23 of 30 minutes in the second half, sidelining a Buccaneer offense that was able to manage only 12 yards rushing. Buccaneer offensive and defensive collapses were seen to coincide with the departures of tackle Charley Hannah and defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, respectively, both with hamstring injuries.

Chiefs coach Marv Levy opted for a conservative offensive strategy, twice settling for field goals when stopped on the 2-yard line. Nick Lowery's four field goals were the most by the Chiefs in a game since 1976.

McKay, speaking of his team's performance, said "It will take them a long time to get the smell out of this stadium". The 2–0 start was the Chiefs' best since their Super Bowl season of 1969.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Clear - 82°F. - Humidity 60% - Wind S.W. 5mph - Wind Chill 79°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Frank Wyant
    • UMPIRE: Tim Hensley
    • LINE JUDGE: Warren Gosier
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Ed. Marion
    • BACK JUDGE: David Hantak
    • FIELD JUDGE: Bob Wortman
    • SIDE JUDGE: Victor Jacob
    SCORING
    • CHIEFS: 12:48-1Q McKnight 8 run (Lowery kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 02:08-1Q Wilder 2 run (Yepremian kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:09-2Q Yepremian FG44
    • CHIEFS: 05:30-2Q Lowery FG20
    • CHIEFS: 07:06-3Q Lowery FG20
    • CHIEFS: 09:52-4Q Lowery FG42
    • CHIEFS: 02:00-4Q Lowery FG41
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #84 G. Jones
    • LT: #74 G. Sanders
    • LG: #72 R. Snell
    • C: #50 S. Wilson
    • RG: #61 G. Roberts
    • RT: #73 C. Hannah
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #89 K. House
    • QB: #12 D. Williams
    • FB: #32 J. Wilder
    • TB: #42 R. Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #77 B. Kollar
    • NT: #76 D. Logan
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOB: #57 D. Lewis
    • LIB: #56 C. Johnson
    • RIB: #54 R. Wood
    • ROB: #53 H. Green
    • LC: #41 N. Thomas
    • RC: #21 J. Holt
    • SS: #20 N. Colzie
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 1 Yepremian, 16 Blanchard, 26 Owens, 27 T Davis, 28 G Davis, 43 Eckwood, 44 Cesare, 45 Mitchell, 51 Nafziger, 52 Brantley, 59 Hawkins, 62 Leonard, 65 Stalls, 68 Yarno, 70 Hutchinson, 83 Bell, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 0 Ford, 14 Fusina, 40 Washington, 75 Reavis
    INACTIVE
    • none.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: R.Bell 8-9, Wilder 5-5, Williams 1-3, Blanchard 1-0, Eckwood 8-(-5).
    • CHIEFS: Delaney 13-57, Hadnot 9-36, McKnight 12-33, Kenney 5-24, Jackson 1-8, Carson 1-(-1).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 43-20-294-0-0.
    • CHIEFS: Kenney 25-12-99-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: R.Bell 6-70, House 5-87, Jones 5-58, Eckwood 2-45, Giles 1-24, T.Bell 1-10.
    • CHIEFS: Carson 2-35, Rome 2-26, Dixon 2-18, Smith 2-9, McKnight 2-6, Hadnot 1-10, Delaney 1-(-5).
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • CHIEFS: none.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Owens 4-62, G.Davis 1-21.
    • CHIEFS: Carson 2-42, Jackson 1-22.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: T.Bell 6-32.
    • CHIEFS: Smith 5-107.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • CHIEFS: Still 1-8.

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