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Sunday, December 14, 1997 - Away Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 00 New York Jets 31

Jets Otis Smith returned two interceptions for touchdowns (45 yards and 51 yards respectively) and Leon Johnson ran for a 101-yard kickoff return touchdown.

The Tampa Bay offense, minus an injured Mike Alstott, went 0 for 13 on third down conversions.

Tampa Bay was crushed 31–0. However, when the 4 o'clock games were decided, Tampa Bay mathematically clinched a wild card berth for the playoffs.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Partly Cloudy - 42°F. - Humidity 50% - Wind W.N.W. 12mph Wind Chill 22°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Ron Blum
    • UMPIRE: Bob Wagner
    • LINE JUDGE: Charles Stewart
    • SIDE JUDGE: Ron Liebsack
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Mark Hittner
    • BACK JUDGE: Al Jury
    • FIELD JUDGE: Kirk Dornan
    • REPLAY OFFICIAL: not documented
    SCORING
    • JETS: 01:05-1Q Hall FG32
    • JETS: 11:05-2Q Smith 45 interception return (Hall kick)
    • JETS: 06:19-2Q Smith 51 interception return (Hall kick)
    • JETS: 14:43-3Q L.Johnson 101 kickoff return (Hall kick)
    • JETS: 11:56-3Q Murrell 7 run (Hall 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: #87 J. Davis
    • WR: #86 K. Williams
    • QB: #12 T. Dilfer
    • RB: #28 W. Dunn
    • FB: #82 P. Hape
    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
    • RLB: #55 D. Brooks
    • LCB: #21 D. Abraham
    • DB: #23 T. Bouie
    • SS: #47 J. Lynch
    • FS: #22 C. Mincy
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Walsh, 5 Husted, 7 Landeta, 25 Johnson, 27 Parker, 31 Young, 32 Rhett, 37 Ellison, 45 Legette, 48 Jordan, 51 Singleton, 52 Bellisari, 53 Quarles, 69 Pierson, 71 Wunsch, 73 Middleton, 83 Moore, 84 Thomas, 88 Copeland, 90 Maniecki, 94 White, 97 Jackson
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 65 Dogins
    INACTIVE
    • 13 Milanovich, 20 Barber, 24 Robinson, 40 Alstott, 59 Porter, 75 Curry, 78 Jones, 80 Harris

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Dunn 23-88, Rhett 1-2, Dilfer 1-0.
    • JETS: Murrell 26-73, Sowell 7-35, Lucas 2-10, Anderson 2-3, Neal 1-3, L.Johnson 1-0, O’Donnell 4-(-2).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Dilfer 15-2-38-2-0, Walsh 7-1-8-0-0.
    • JETS: O’Donnell 22-14-112-1-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Dunn 1-22, Davis 1-16, Copeland 1-8.
    • JETS: K.Johnson 3-22, Baxter 2-26, Graham 2-20, VanDyke 1-18, L.Johnson 1-12, Sowell 1-8, Brady 1-3, Murrell 1-3, Neal 1-1, Anderson 1-(-1).
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Parker 1-5.
    • JETS: Smith 2-96.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Anthony 5-97
    • JETS: Johnson 1-101.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 4-40.
    • JETS: Johnson 4-45.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • JETS: Terry 1-9, Ferguson 1-7, Farrior 0.5-4.5, Lewis 0.5-4.5.

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