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Sunday December 17, 1978 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 New Orleans Saints 17

New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning completed 25 of 38 passes for 250 yards, the most passing yards yet allowed by the Buccaneers, and a touchdown to Henry Childs.

Chuck Muncie broke four tackles while scoring on a 21-yard run. The Buccaneer defense played uncharacteristically poorly, allowing 421 yards of offense. Special teams also broke down on several occasions. McKay called it the worst game the team had yet played, and promised that changes would be made. Buccaneer receivers blamed lack of concentration for missed routes and dropped balls. Doug Williams returned to the starting lineup, but Tampa Bay was able to control the ball for only 19 of the game's 60 minutes.

Williams, playing with his jaw still wired shut, threw a 2-yard fourth-down pass to Jimmie Giles for the Buccaneers’ only touchdown.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Partly Cloudy - 72°F. - Humidity 55% - Wind N. 10-15 mph Wind Chill 70°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Gordon McCarter
    • UMPIRE: Tony Kramer
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Jerry Seeman
    • LINE JUDGE: Jack Fette
    • SIDE JUDGE: Bill Quinsby
    • BACK JUDGE: Ray Douglas
    • FIELD JUDGE: Armen Terzian
    SCORING
    • SAINTS: 6:18-1Q Mike-Mayer FG32
    • BUCCANEERS: 0:09-1Q O'Donoghue FG47
    • SAINTS: 5:00-3Q Muncie 21 run (Mike-Mayer kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 14:57-4Q Giles 2 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
    • SAINTS: 10:56-4Q Childs 1 pass from Manning (Mike-Mayer kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #87 L. Mucker
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #64 G. Horton
    • C: #79 S. Wilson
    • RG: #72 G. Puetz
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #86 J. Obradovich
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • QB: #12 D. Williams
    • FB: #38 J. Davis
    • TB: #32 L. Carter
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #73 C. Hannah
    • LT: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #77 B. Kollar
    • OLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • ILB: #61 D. Selmon
    • ILB: #54 R. Wood
    • OLB: #C. Johnson
    • LCB: #45 J. White
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #33 M. Cothey
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 6 O'Donoghue, 19 Huff, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 28 White, 41 Farmer, 46 Reece, 49 Gill, 51 Nafziger, 52 Harris, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 59 Inmon, 60 Chambers, 65 Johnson, 68 Medlin, 71 Crowder, 74 Freitas, 83 Grant, 85 Owens, 89 McKay
    DID NOT PLAY

    • 15 Rae
    INACTIVE
    • none

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Davis 9-44, Carter 7-31, Ragsdale 5-27, Williams 1-0.
    • SAINTS: Muncie 11-68, Galbreath 11-60, Strachan 8-25, Jones 5-17, Manning 3-1.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 22-7-96-0-1, Carter 1-0-0-0-0.
    • SAINTS: Manning 36-25-250-2-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Mucker 2-56, Giles 2-19, Ragsdale 2-10, Carter 1-11.
    • SAINTS: Childs 6-80, Chandler 6-56, Galbreath 5-35, Hardy 2-44, Mauti 2-9, Muncie 2-1, Harris 1-19, Jones 1-6.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Washington 1-24, Lewis 1-7.
    • SAINTS: none
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Giles 2-24, Reece 1-24.
    • SAINTS: Mauti 1-39, Chandler 1-33, Schwartz 1-19.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 3-37.
    • SAINTS: Chandler 5-36, Myers 0-0.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: none
    • SAINTS: Campbell 1-14, Reese 1-7.

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