LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Washington Redskins 17
POST-SEASON: NFC Wild Card Playoff Game
Although the Redskins gained only 120 yards on offense, the lowest total in NFL playoff history for a winning team, they converted two turnovers into touchdowns. Midway through the first quarter, Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington's 21-yard interception return set up running back Clinton Portis' six-yard touchdown run. Then, Redskins linebacker Marcus Washington recovered Buccaneers running back Carnell Williams' fumble and returned it seven yards before losing it himself – into the arms of Safety Sean Taylor who then ran 51 yards for the Redskins' second touchdown.
Early in the second quarter, Tampa Bay drove 38 yards to the Redskins 24-yard line where Matt Bryant kicked a 43-yard field goal to cut their deficit to 14–3. The Redskins responded with a 10-play, 40-yard drive and scored with 40-yard field goal from John Hall.
In the third quarter, Mark Jones gave the Buccaneers good field position by returning a punt 24 yards to the 49-yard line. Tamp Bay's offense took full advantage of the return, marching on a seven-play, 51-yard drive that ended with quarterback Chris Simms' two-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay drove to the Redskins 19-yard line, but Washington made a huge stand. First, linebacker Lemar Marshall tackled fullback Mike Alstott for no gain on third down and 1, and then Simms threw an incomplete pass on fourth down.. However, Buccaneers defensive back Brian Kelly gave his team another chance to drive for the tying touchdown by intercepting a pass from Mark Brunell and returning it the Redskins 35-yard line. With 3 minutes left in the game, Tampa Bay wide receiver Edell Shepherd caught what appeared to be a 35-yard touchdown reception, but he lost control of the ball as he was coming down in the end zone.
The Buccaneers got one last chance to tie the game when they received a punt at their own 46-yard line with 1:05 left in regulation, but Simms threw a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage and went into the arms of Washington for an interception.
This game was widely regarded by commentators as an "ugly" performance by both teams' offenses, rendering it a largely defensive game
- REFEREE: Mike Carey
- UMPIRE: Dan Ferrell
- HEAD LINESMAN: Steve Steljes
- LINE JUDGE: Mark Perlman
- SIDE JUDGE: Tom Fincken
- BACK JUDGE: Lee Dyer
- FIELD JUDGE: Eddy Powers
- REPLAY OFFICAL: Mark Burns
- VIDEO OPERATOR: not documented
- REDSKINS: 08:40-1Q Portis 6 run (Hall kick)
- REDSKINS: 04:15-1Q Taylor 51 fumble return (Hall kick)
- BUCCANEERS: 10:02-2Q Bryant FG43
- REDSKINS: 05:34-2Q Hall FG47
- BUCCANEERS: 09:40-3Q Simms 2 run (Bryant kick)
- WR: #84 J. Galloway
- LT: #69 A. Davis
- LG: #72 D. Buenning
- C: #76 J. Wade
- RG: #79 S. Mahan
- RT: #67 K. Walker
- TE: #88 A. Becht
- TE: #83 D. Moore
- QB: #02 C. Simms
- RB: #24 C. Williams
- TE: #81 A. Smith
- LDE: #94 G. Spires
- NT: #95 C. Hovan
- DT: #92 A. McFarland
- RDE: #97 S. Rice
- SLB: #56 R. Nece
- MLB: #53 S. Quarles
- WLB: #55 D. Brooks
- LCB: #25 B. Kelly
- RCB: #20 R. Barber
- SS: #23 J. Phillips
- FS: #34 D. Jackson
- 3 Bryant, 9 Bidwell, 21 Bolden, 26 Allen, 27 Cox, 28 Nicholson, 32 Pittman, 33 Graham, 39 Pearson, 43 Cook, 51 Ruud, 54 Mallard, 58 Cooper, 75 Steussie, 77 Terry, 81 Smith, 83 Moore, 86 Shepherd, 89 Jones, 90 White, 96 Wyms
DID NOT PLAY
- 12 McCown, 91 Bradley
- 13 Rattay, 22 Watson, 46 Adams, 61 Colmer, 64 Bryant, 74 Jackson, 80 Clayton, 85 Heller
- BUCCANEERS: Williams 18-49, Alstott 4-15, Simms 3-11.
- REDSKINS: Portis 16-53, Betts 10-25, Moss 1-11, Brunell 4-6.
- BUCCANEERS: Simms 38-25-198-2-0.
- REDSKINS: Brunell 15-7-41-1-0, Portis 1-0-0-0-0.
- BUCCANEERS: Galloway 7-69, Hilliard 4-38, Pittman 3-30, Becht 3-26, Smith 3-14, Williams 3-10, Alstott 1-7, Shepherd 1-4.
- REDSKINS: Moss 2-18, Cooley 2-12, Betts 1-11, Thrash 1-5, Portis 1-(-5)
- BUCCANEERS: Kelly 1-3.
- REDSKINS: Arrington 1-21, Washington 1-13.
- BUCCANEERS: Pittman 4-96.
- REDSKINS: Betts 2-43, Sellers 1-12.
- BUCCANEERS: Jones 4-37.
- REDSKINS: Brown 3-19.
- BUCCANEERS: Rice 1-11, Wyms 1-5.
- REDSKINS: Daniels 1-13, Stoutmire 1-9, Evans 1-8.