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Sunday, December 12, 1976 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 New England Patriots 31

***HISTORIC MARKER***The Buccaneers set an NFL record, by becoming the only team to go winless in a 14-game season.

Two fumbles deep in New England Patriots territory overcame a stubborn Buccaneers effort.

The Patriots’ 260 rushing yards stood for years as the most allowed in a game by the Buccaneers, while their total of four pass completions remains the least by a Tampa Bay opponent.

New England came from behind twice on Andy Johnson touchdown runs, and took the lead for good on Sam Hunt’s 58-yard return of a Steve Spurrier interception. Johnson’s first touchdown run was a 69-yarder that set a club record.

Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan set an NFL record with four seconds left, rushing for his 12th touchdown of the year.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Partly Cloudy - 76°F. - Humidity 64% - Wind S.W. 7mph Wind Chill 79°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Tom Bell
    • UMPIRE: Gordon Wells
    • LINE JUDGE: Jerry Markbreit
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Ray Dodez
    • BACK JUDGE: Tom Kelleher
    • FIELD JUDGE: Ed Merrifield
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:37-2Q Williams 17 run (Green kick)
    • PATRIOTS: 13:17-2Q Johnson 69 run (Smith kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 02:52-2Q Owens 27 pass from Spurrier (Green kick)
    • PATRIOTS: 04:59-3Q Johnson 9 run (Smith kick)
    • PATRIOTS: 06:15-4Q Hunt 68 interception return (Smith kick)
    • PATRIOTS: 02:41-4Q Smith FG30
    • PATRIOTS: 00:04-4Q Grogan 1 run (Zabel kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #89 J. McKay Jr.
    • LT: #71 S. Young
    • LG: #72 H. Fest
    • C: #51 D. Ryczek
    • RG: #67 T. Alward
    • RT: #74 M. Current
    • TE: #80 J. Novak
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #11 S. Spurrier
    • RB: #43 E. Williams
    • RB: #19 E. Johnson
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 C. Rudolph
    • LT: #44 M. Moore
    • RT: #64 G. Robinson
    • RE: #66 P. Toomay
    • LLB: #54 R. Wood
    • MLB: #59 M. Lemon
    • RLB: #55 J. Sims
    • LCB: #25 C. Jordan
    • CB: #24 R. Word
    • LS: #33 M. Cotney
    • RS: #28 K. Stone
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 20 Pierson, 22 McNeill, 27 Davis, 30 Gunn, 32 Carter, 34 Brown, 35 DuBose, 52 Reese, 53 Ball, 69 McAleney, 70 Young, 79 Wilson, 82 Pagac, 84 Douglas, 86 Moore, 88 Smith
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 5 Hanratty, 77 Little
    INACTIVE
    • 21 Martin, 61 Selmon, 76 Pear, 81 Jennings

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 15-58, Carter 14-32, McNeill 6-19, Spurrier 4-13, Johnson 4-5, DuBose 1-4, Pagac 1-4.
    • PATRIOTS: Johnson 14-127, Calhoun 12-68, Cunningham 6-39, Phillips 3-22, Grogan 3-2, Burks 1-2.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Spurrier 17-12-145-1-1, Carter 1-0-0-0-0.
    • PATRIOTS: Grogan 14-4-40-1-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 4-33, Novak 3-55, Johnson 2-9, Owens 1-27, Smith 1-16, DuBose 1-5.
    • PATRIOTS: Burks 1-17, Calhoun 1-12, Vataha 1-8, Cunningham 1-3.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Stone 1-26.
    • PATRIOTS: Hunt 1-68.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Douglas 3-85, Johnson 2-51.
    • PATRIOTS: Calhoun 2-31, Conn 1-26.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Douglas 4-78.
    • PATRIOTS: Haynes 3-53.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • PATRIOTS: Tipton 1-12.

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