LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 Minnesota Vikings 36
The Buccaneers defense couldn't stop tailback Allen, who produced a 37-yard touchdown that saw three Tampa Bay defenders - Marty Carter, Tony Covington and Santana Dotson - get more than a glove on him. The normally reliable Tampa Bay placekicker Michael Husted, who had been perfect on all eight of his attempts inside the 50-yard line this season entering the game, missed wide right on field-goal attempts of 48 and 44 yards, denying the Buccaneers any opportunity early in the game to place points on the scoreboard.
Erickson utilizing the hurry-up offense to catch the Vikings with 12 men on the field, threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Charles Wilson. A wide-open Adrian Cooper in the end zone, and Qadry Ismail had another possible touchdown opportunity thrown just outside his outstretched fingertips.
Vikings kicker Reveiz split the goals for a 21 and 48 yarder to send the Buccaneers into the locker room trailing 23-7. Erickson was pulled out of the ballgame early in the third quarter. On the Buccaneers second possession of the half, Erickson tried to go deep to Wilson again, but the ball drifted and was intercepted by Vikings safety Glenn, who returned it 32 yards to the Tampa Bay 37.
- REFEREE: Johnny Grier
- UMPIRE: Ed Coukart
- LINE JUDGE: Dale Orem
- SIDE JUDGE: Dean Look
- HEAD LINESMAN: Dave Anderson
- BACK JUDGE: Louis Richard
- FIELD JUDGE: Ed Merrifield
- REPLAY OFFICIAL: not documented
- VIKINGS: 07:42-1Q Reveiz FG36
- VIKINGS: 06:36-1Q Parker 41 interception return (Reveiz kick)
- VIKINGS: 13:33-2Q Allen 37 run (Reveiz kick)
- BUCCANEERS: 11:56-2Q Wilson 62 pass from Erickson (Husted kick)
- VIKINGS: 03:48-2Q Reveiz FG21
- VIKINGS: 00:57-2Q Reveiz FG48
- VIKINGS: 06:09-3Q Lee 8 pass from Moon (Reveiz kick)
- VIKINGS: 01:10-3Q Reveiz FG38
- VIKINGS: 14:35-4Q Reveiz FG35
- BUCCANEERS: 06:14-4Q Hawkins 3 pass from Dilfer (2-pt conversion failed)
- WR: #85 C. Hawkins
- LT: #74 P. Gruber
- LG: #70 C. McRae
- C: #61 T. Mayberry
- RG: #62 I. Beckles
- RT: #76 S. Dill
- TE: #81 J. Harris
- WR: #84 C. Wilson
- QB: #07 c. Erickson
- FB: #46 V. Workman
- RB: #33 A. McDowell
- LE: #71 S. Dotson
- NT: #73 B. Culpepper
- UT: #72 C. Ahanotu
- RE: #75 E. Curry
- LLB: #55 L. Marts
- MLB: #56 H. Nickerson
- RLB: #27 B. Bussey
- LCB: #35 M. Mayhew
- RCB: #39 C. Dimry
- SS: #23 M. Carter
- FS: #25 T. Covington
- 4 Stryzinski, 5 Husted, 7 Erickson, 21 McGruder, 28 Buckley, 30 Turner, 31 Royster, 32 Rhett, 45 Stargell, 47 Lynch, 53 E Brady, 57 J Brady, 67 Sullivan, 78 Irwin, 80 Dawsey, 83 Moore, 86 Armstrong, 88 Copeland, 89 Bishop, 91 K Wilson, 92 Price, 93 DuBosee
DID NOT PLAY
- 22 Everett
- 11 Weldon, 26 Green, 43 Harris, 60 Pyne, 77 Wheeler, 79 Love, 87 Thomas, 95 Powe
- BUCCANEERS: Rhett 9-22, Workman 3-21, McDowell 2-6.
- VIKINGS: Allen 17-113, Evans 5-17, Moon 3-11, Graham 5-6, Smith 2-2.
- BUCCANEERS: Erickson 18-10-129-2-1, Dilfer 13-7-75-1-1.
- VIKINGS: Moon 32-19-182-1-1, Johnson 5-5-30-0-0.
- BUCCANEERS: Dawsey 5-73, J Harris 3-28, Hawkins 3-18, Wilson 2-66, McDowell 2-8, Armstrong 1-8, Rhett 1-3.
- VIKINGS: Carter 5-51, Jordan 5-49, Reed 4-41, Lee 4-28, Smith 2-15, Cooper 2-10, Allen 1-10, Ismail 1-8.
- BUCCANEERS: Nickerson 1-(-1).
- VIKINGS: Parker 1-41, Glenn 1-32, Washington 1-0.
- BUCCANEERS: Turner 8-242, Buckley 1-23.
- VIKINGS: Ismail 2-31.
- BUCCANEERS: Turner 1-0.
- VIKINGS: Guliford 0-0.
- BUCCANEERS: none.
- VIKINGS: Thomas 1-8, Barker 1-7, Randle 1-4.