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Sunday, December 15, 1996 - Away Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Minnesota Vikings 21

***HISTORIC MARKER*** Karl Williams, who returned Mitch Berger’s punt 72 yards in the first quarter, notching the second-longest punt return in Buc history just one week after posting the team’s second-longest kickoff return ever.

The Buccaneers were limited to only 169 total offensive yards as they sailed into an early lead, scoring first on a five-yard surge by Errict Rhett in the first quarter.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Indoor - 68°F. - Humidity 46% - Wind N.E. 0mph Wind Chill 68°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Walt Coleman
    • UMPIRE: Rex Stuart
    • LINE JUDGE: Mark Steinkerchner
    • SIDE JUDGE: Neely Dunn
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Mark Baltz
    • BACK JUDGE: Dick Creed
    • FIELD JUDGE: Phil Luckett
    • REPLAY OFFICIAL: not documented
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 02:47-1Q Rhett 5 run (Husted kick)
    • VIKINGS: 07:21-2Q Hoard 5 run (Sisson kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 06:42-3Q Husted FG36
    • VIKINGS: 01:59-3Q Hoard 22 run (Sisson kick)
    • VIKINGS: 01:54-4Q Carter 36 pass from Johnson (Sisson kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #84 R. Thomas
    • LT: #74 P. Gruber
    • LG: #60 J. Pyne
    • C: #61 T. Mayberry
    • RG: #62 I. Beckles
    • RT: #70 J. Odom
    • TE: #81 J. Harris
    • WR: #85 C. Hawkins
    • QB: #12 T. Dilfer
    • RB: #32 E. Rhett
    • FB: #40 M. Alstott
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #72 C. Ahanotu
    • NT: #77 B. Culpepper
    • UT: #99 W. Sapp
    • RE: #73 R. Upshaw
    • LLB: #51 L. Marts
    • MLB: #56 H. Nickerson
    • RLB: #55 D. Brooks
    • LCB: #35 M. Mayhew
    • RCB: #21 D. Abraham
    • SS: #47 J. Lynch
    • FS: #25 M. Johnson
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 22 Mincy, 23 Bouie, 29 Gant, 33 Staten, 37 Ellison, 39 Dimry, 45 Legette, 50 Gooch, 57 Jones, 68 Crisman, 69 Pierson, 75 Curry, 78 Jones, 80 Harper, 82 Tate, 83 Moore, 86 Williams, 93 DuBose, 97 Jackson
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 11 Weldon,41 Brooks
    INACTIVE
    • 1 Marshall, 13 Milanovich, 27 Austin, 62 Beckles, 67 Ingram, 87 Silvan, 90 Maniecki, 94 White

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Alstott 7-50, Rhett 10-28, Ellison 2-9, Dilfer 1-5.
    • VIKINGS: Hoard 20-101, Lee 5-22, Johnson 3-14, Graham 4-8.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Dilfer 32-13-104-2-0.
    • VIKINGS: Johnson 35-25-221-2-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Alstott 5-10, Ellison 3-31, Thomas 2-17, Hawkins 1-23, Williams 1-16, Harris 1-7.
    • VIKINGS: Carter 8-89, Reed 5-56, Lee 3-15, Hoard 2-17, Graham 2-11, Evans 2-5, Walsh 1-17, Jordan 1-6, DeLong 1-5.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Abraham 1-0, Dimry 1-0.
    • VIKINGS: Talley 1-10, Thomas 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 3-81.
    • VIKINGS: Palmer 2-48, Ismail 1-19.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 4-109.
    • VIKINGS: Palmer 4-35, Lee 2-20.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Sapp 2-17, Ahanotu 1-3, Culpepper 0.5-5, Upshaw 0.5-5.
    • VIKINGS: Brady 1-9, Edwards 1-9, Randle 1-9.

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