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Sunday December 6, 1981 - Home Game

WIN - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 Atlanta Falcons 23

The Buccaneers met the Atlanta Falcons as both teams remained in playoff contention with 7–6 records. Inspired by news of losses by both of their chief rivals in the division race, the Buccaneers took a 14–3 lead on a 1-yard Jerry Eckwood touchdown and a 38-yard Jimmie Giles reception.

The Falcons took a 16–14 lead early in the second half, a half in which the lead alternated several times. Doug Williams completed 19 of 29 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. One of these, a 71-yarder on which he caught Kevin House in single coverage against rookie cornerback Bobby Butler, gave the Buccaneers a 24–23 lead and put Williams past the 10,000-yard career passing mark. Scott Hutchinson only played one season for the Buccaneers, but the back-up defensive end made the play of the game when he deflected Mick Luckhurst field goal attempt in the final seconds.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Partly Cloudy - 65°F. - Wind N.E. 5-8 mph
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: #19 Tom Dooley
    • UMPIRE: #12 Dave Hamilton
    • LINE JUDGE: #20 Jim Osborne
    • LINESMAN: #7 Tony Veteri
    • BACK JUDGE: #9 Banks Williams
    • FIELD JUDGE: #14 Jack Vaughan
    • SIDE JUDGE: #8 Grover Klemmer
    SCORING
    • FALCONS: 6:29-1Q Luckhurst FG38
    • BUCCANEERS: 0:35-1Q Eckwood 1 run (Capece kick)
    • FALCONS: 10:29-2Q Luckhurst FG44
    • BUCCANEERS: 2:13-2Q Giles 38 pass from Williams (Capece kick)
    • FALCONS: 0:00-2Q Luckhurst FG32
    • FALCONS: 11:25-3Q Andrews 8 run (Luckhurst kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 5:40-3Q Capece FG42
    • FALCONS: 13:58-4Q Andrews 2 run (Luckhurst kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 9:39:-4Q House 71 pass from Williams (Capece kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • QB: #12 Williams
    • LT: #74 Sanders
    • LG: #72 Snell
    • C: #50 Wilson
    • RG: #61 Roberts
    • RT: #73 Hannah
    • WR: #89 House
    • WR: #83 Bell
    • TE: #88 Giles
    • FB: #32 Wilder
    • RB: #43 Eckwood
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LDE: #65 Stalls
    • NT: #76 Logan
    • RDE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #59 Hawkins
    • LILB: #56 Johnson
    • RILB: #54 Wood
    • ROLB: #53 Green
    • LCB: #41 Thomas
    • SS: #20 Colzie
    • FS: #34 Brown
    • RCB: #40 Washington
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 3 Capece, 9 Swider, 21 Holt, 26 Owens, 27 T Davis, 44 Cesare, 45 Mitchell, 51 Nafziger, 52 Brantley, 62 Leonard, 64 Short, 68 Yarno, 70 Hutchinson, 75 Reavis, 79 Campbell, 84 Jones, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 10 Ford, 14 Fusina, 42 R Bell, 57 Lewis

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Eckwood 11-54, Wilder 7-16, Owens 7-15, T.Bell 1-7, Williams 2-1.
    • FALCONS: Andrews 17-80, Cain 10-57.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 29-19-336-0-2.
    • FALCONS: Bartowski 34-24-237-1-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Wilder 6-96, House 5-126, Giles 3-62, T.Bell 3-33, Eckwood 2-19.
    • FALCONS: Andrews 13-98, Jenkins 6-96, Jackson 1-13, Francis 1-10, Miller 1-10, Mayberry 1-6, Cain 1-4.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Brown 1-1.
    • FALCONS: none
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Holt 4-78.
    • FALCONS: Smith 5-116.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Holt 2-7.
    • FALCONS: Woerner 1-0, Pridemore 1-0.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Logan 1-1.
    • FALCONS: Richardson 1-9.

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