WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 Washington Redskins 13
POST-SEASON: NFC Divisional Playoff Game
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers forced two key turnovers in the second half to rally from a 13–0 deficit, while their defense held Washington to just 157 yards, with only 32 in the second half.
After a scoreless first quarter, a 35-yard punt from Mark Royals gave the Redskins great field position on the Tampa Bay 43-yard line. Brad Johnson started out the drive with a 19-yard completion to Albert Connell, and then a 12-yard run by Stephen Davis set up a 28-yard field goal from Brett Conway with 5:37 remaining in the second quarter.
In the second half, Brian Mitchell returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, a playoff record. Later in the third quarter, Darrell Green intercepted a pass from Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King and returned it 12 yards to the Buccaneers 36-yard line, setting up Conway's second field goal to take a 13–0 lead. But after a Buccaneers punt, Tampa Bay safety John Lynch intercepted a pass from Johnson on the Tampa Bay 27-yard line. Aided by a 31-yard pass interference penalty on Leomont Evans, the Buccaneers subsequently drove 73 yards in 6 plays and scored on Mike Alstott's 2-yard touchdown run.
Then in the fourth quarter, defensive tackle Steve White forced a fumble from Brad Johnson while sacking him and Warren Sapp recovered the ball on the Redskins 32-yard line. King then went to work, completing a 17-yard pass to Bert Emanuel and a 13-yard pass to Warrick Dunn. On fourth down and 1, Alstott's 5-yard run moved the ball to the Washtingon 3-yard line, and King eventually finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to John Davis.
The Redskins had a chance to win the game with a 52-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds of the game, but the snap from center Dan Turk to Brad Johnson, the holder, was off and the Buccaneers won.
Contrary to popular belief, the snap was not to Matt Turk, the team's punter, and also his brother. This was Dan Turk's last game in the NFL, as he died later that year due to cancer. Meanwhile, King became the first rookie to lead his team to a playoff win since Pat Haden in 1976.
- REFEREE: Dick Hantak
- UMPIRE: Curt Madsen
- HEAD LINESMAN: George Hayward
- LINE JUDGE: Ron Phares
- SIDE JUDGE: Doug Toole
- BACK JUDGE: Don Carey
- FIELD JUDGE: Pete Morelli
- REPLAY OFFICAL: Mark Burns
- VIDEO OPERATOR: not documented
- REDSKINS: 09:23-1Q Conway FG29
- REDSKINS: 00:19-3Q Mitchell 100 kick return (Conway kick)
- REDSKINS: 06:50-3Q Conway FG48
- BUCCANEERS: 14:57-4Q Alstott 2 run (Gramatica kick)
- BUCCANEERS: 07:31-4Q Davis 1 pass from King (Gramatica kick)
- WR: #81 J. Green
- LT: #69 P. Pierson
- LG: #64 J. Diaz
- C: #61 T. Mayberry
- RG: #73 F. Middleton
- RT: #71 J. Wunsch
- TE: #83 D. Moore
- WR: #87 B. Emanuel
- QB: #10 S. King
- RB: #28 W. Dunn
- FB: #40 M. Alstott
- LE: #72 C. Ahanotu
- NT: #77 B. Culpepper
- DT: #99 W. Sapp
- RE: #94 S. White
- SLB: #53 S. Quarles
- MLB: #56 H. Nickerson
- WLB: #55 D. Brooks
- LCB: #21 D. Abraham
- RCB: #20 R. Barber
- SS: #47 J. Lynch
- FS: #24 D. Robinson
- 3 Royals, 7 Gramatica, 25 Kelly, 27 Abdullah, 30 Smith, 31 Young, 35 McAfee, 43 McLeod, 50 Gooch, 51 Singleton, 58 Davis, 59 Duncan, 68 Unutoa, 75 Washington, 78 Jones, 79 Hegamin, 80 Davis, 82 Hape, 84 McDonald, 86 Williams, 92 McFarland, 95 McLaughlin
DID NOT PLAY
- 15 Zeier, 65 Dogins
- 12 Dilfer, 13 Milanovich, 34 Jackson, 85 Anthony, 97 Jackson, 98 Cannida
- BUCCANEERS: Alstott 15-24, Dunn 11-18, King 1-2.
- REDSKINS: Davis 17-37, Centers 1-7, Thrash 1-1, Mitchell 1-1, Hicks 1-0, Johnson 1-0, Westbrook 1-0.
- BUCCANEERS: King 32-15-157-1-1.
- REDSKINS: Johnson 32-20-149-1-0.
- BUCCANEERS: Dunn 4-32, Alstott 3-17, Emanuel 2-47, Moore 2-32, Green 2-25, Williams 1-3, Davis 1-0.
- REDSKINS: Connell 4-59, Fryar 4-30, Davis 3-26, Centers 3-8, Hicks 2-17, Mitchell 2-1, Alexander 1-4, Westbrook 1-4.
- BUCCANEERS: Lynch 1-0.
- REDSKINS: Green 1-12.
- BUCCANEERS: Dunn 4-68.
- REDSKINS: Mitchell 1-100, Thrash 1-24, Sellers 1-1.
- BUCCANEERS: Williams 1-7.
- REDSKINS: Mitchell 5-44.
- BUCCANEERS: White 2-20, Young 1-10, Sapp 1-8.
- REDSKINS: Stubblefield 1-10, Barber 1-5.