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Sunday, November 20, 1977 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 07 Detroit Lions 16

Detroit Lions’ quarterback Joe Reed prevented two Buccaneer touchdowns by tackling Dave Pear on a fumble return and Mike Washington on an interception return. Dan Ryczek's high snap ruined what was potentially a game-winning field goal attempt. Detroit fans booed the home team throughout the first half, and cheered when Ricky Bell scored on a 4-yard touchdown run following Washington's interception.

This was the first time all year that the Buccaneers were the team to score first in a game. Buccaneers Fan support turned when Gary Danielson replaced Reed in the second half. After Dick Jauron intercepted a Jeb Blount pass, Danielson led a 55-yard drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown run by Rick Kane. A potential touchdown pass bounced off of Isaac Hagins’ helmet at the Detroit 10-yard line, and another was fumbled by Hagins and recovered in the end zone by James Hunter.

Reggie Pinkney's late touchdown return of a Randy Hedberg interception sealed the victory for the Lions.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 68°F. - Humidity 50% - Wind N. 1 mph Wind Chill 69°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Cal Lepore
    • UMPIRE: Dave Hamilton
    • LINE JUDGE: Bill Swanson
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Ray Sonnenberg
    • BACK JUDGE: Grover Klemmer
    • FIELD JUDGE: Jack Vaughan
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 04:34-1Q Bell 4 run (Leavitt kick)
    • LIONS: 09:42-3Q Mike-Mayer FG47
    • LIONS: 14:57-4Q Kane 1 run (kick failed)
    • LIONS: 01:55-4Q Pinckney 48 interception return (Mike-Mayer kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #81 I. Hagins
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #62 J. Winans
    • C: #51 D. Ryczek
    • RG: #68 D. Medlin
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #83 D. Nafzinger
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #17 J. Blount
    • RB: #42 R. Bell
    • RB: #28 A. Davis
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 D. Randolph
    • LT: #76 D. Pear
    • RT: #63 L. Selmon
    • RE: #57 D. Lewis
    • LLB: #61 D. Solmon
    • MLB: #54 R. Wood
    • RLB: #56 C. Johnson
    • LC: #45 J. White
    • RC: #40 M. Washington
    • FS: #25 C. Jordan
    • SS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 9 Leavitt, 14 Hedberg, 23 Ragsdale, 32 L Carter, 33 Cotney, 43 Williams, 46 Reece, 52 Harris, 53 Bonness, 59 Lemon, 64 Robinson, 65 R Johnson, 66 B Carter, 72 G Johnson, 77 Kollar, 79 Wilson, 80 Novak, 87 Mucker, 89 McKay
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 82 Waddell
    INACTIVE
    • 19 Huff, 35 DuBose

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 16-59, Davis 14-19, Carter 1-5, Hedberg 1-0, Owens 1-(-7).
    • LIONS: Kane 19-59, Danielson 3-31, Hubbard 9-30, King 5-24, Bolton 2-3, Hill 1-3, Payton 1-(-3).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Blount 12-4-56-1-0, Hedberg 9-3-42-2-0.
    • LIONS: Danielson 17-7-80-1-0, Reed 7-3-20-2-0, Payton 1-0-0-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hagins 2-57, Carter 1-19, Nafziger 1-13, Owens 1-11, Bell 1-4, Davis 1-(-5).
    • LIONS: J.Hill 3-32, D.Hill 2-33, Sanders 1-14, Thompson 1-7, Hubbard 1-6, King 1-5, Kane 1-3.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Washington 1-26, D Selmon 1-20, Jordan 1-0.
    • LIONS: Pinckney 1-48, Laslavic 1-14, Jauron 1-9.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: A.Davis 2-13, Ragsdale 0-21.
    • LIONS: Payton 2-40.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 5-40, Hagins 1-0.
    • LIONS: Payton 8-58..
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Rudolph 2-16, Jordan 1-10, Johnson 1-5.
    • LIONS: Jauron 1-16

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