WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 Detroit Lions 14
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored 10 points and recovered two fumbles, all in the last four minutes, to pass the Lions and maintain their two-game division lead over the Chicago Bears.
This was the Buccaneers' sixth come-from-behind win of the season and they finished with a 4-0 road record against division opponents. After Neil O'Donoghue's fourth-quarter field goal, Dewey Selmon forced a Detroit fumble that was recovered by Dana Nafziger at the Lions' 23-yard line. Doug Williams followed this with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Larry Mucker. Mucker, who earlier had been fined for missing the team bus to the stadium, beat close coverage from Walt Williams to make the catch.
The Buccaneers' error-prone play, of which McKay said "we didn't play with very much intelligence", required a late comeback to defeat the 1–10 Lions.
- REFEREE: Bob Frederic
- UMPIRE: Lou Palazzi
- LINE JUDGE: John Everett
- HEAD LINESMAN: Sid Semon
- BACK JUDGE: Bob Swanson
- FIELD JUDGE: Bob Wortman
- SIDE JUDGE: Vince Jacob
- LIONS: 10:19-1Q Robinson 7 run (Ricardo kick)
- BUCCANEERS: 00:38-2Q O'Donoghue FG32
- BUCCANEERS: 07:58-3Q O'Donoghue FG39
- LIONS: 03:24-3Q Scott 14 pass from Komlo (Ricardo kick)
- BUCCANEERS: 03:56-4Q O'Donoghue FG28
- BUCCANEERS: 03:20-4Q Mucker 23 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
- WR: #81 I. Hagins
- LT: #75 D. Reavis
- LG: #64 G. Horton
- C: #50 S. Wilson
- RG: #61 G. Roberts
- RT: #73 C. Hannah
- TE: #88 J. Giles
- WR: #85 M. Owens
- QB: #12 D. Williams
- RB: #36 R. Berns
- RB: #42 R. Bell
- LE: #60 W. Chambers
- NT: #71 R. Crowderr
- 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: #40 M. Washington
- SS: #33 M. Cotney
- FS: #34 C. Brown
- 6 O'Donoghue, 16 Blanchard, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 27 T Davis, 38 J Davis, 43 Eckwood, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown , 66 Yarno, 69 Austin, 70 Carlton, 74 Sanders, 79 Lewis, 86 Obradovich, 87 Muckerr
DID NOT PLAY
- 14 Fusina, 15 Rae, 77 Kollar, 84 Jones
- BUCCANEERS: Berns 15-67, Bell 8-25, Eckwood 6-16, J.Davis 1-2, Williams 4-(-6).
- LIONS: Robinson 7-20, Kane 14-7, Bussey 1-4, Komlo 4-4, Gaines 1-3.
- BUCCANEERS: Williams 34-17-182-1-1.
- LIONS: Komlo 32-19-242-1-1.
- BUCCANEERS: Giles 7-66, Eckwood 3-34, Mucker 2-34, Bell 2-12, Owens 1-13, Hagins 1-13, Berns 1-10.
- LIONS: Scott 9-148, Hill 6-61, Kane 1-14, Robinson 1-7, King 1-6, Washington 1-6.
- BUCCANEERS: Cotney 1-0.
- LIONS: Bradley 1-11.
- BUCCANEERS: Ragsdale 3-50.
- LIONS: Arnold 5-106.
- BUCCANEERS: Reece 4-36.
- LIONS: Arnold 2-13, Callicut 1-3.
- BUCCANEERS: Crowder 1-13, L.Selmon 1-0.
- LIONS: none.