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1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season 14 Brief

The 1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season began with the team trying to improve on an 5–11 season which finished winning two of their last three games including an upset of the 1988 AFC East Champion Buffalo Bills (a win that was not only Tampa Bay's high point of the season, but turned out to be hugely impactful on the AFC playoff picture, as Buffalo’s loss combined with an overtime win by the Cincinnati Bengals over Washington in the season finale meant that the Bengals clinched the home-field advantage that would have otherwise gone to the Bills; Cincinnati ended up winning a close AFC title game at home against Buffalo and got to Super Bowl XXIII.

The season started with a road win against the improved Green Bay Packers, and game two brought the world champion San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana to Tampa Stadium. With Joe trying to direct a 4th quarter comeback, cornerback Ricky Reynolds dropped what would have been a game ending interception on second down in the end zone. On third down, Montana rolled out and ran untouched into the endzone for a winning TD that left a rare sellout crowd stunned and silent in defeat. The Bucs extended their record to 3—2 by beating the hated Chicago Bears finally in Tampa Stadium, holding off the Bears to a 42—35 victory. It was an impressive win, but then the Bucs lost to the Detroit Lions in the last minute and entered into an over all five-game losing streak tailspin. Tampa Bay would sweep Chicago to end the streak (an achievement which was diluted by the Bears having their worst season in several years) but ended with a disappointing 5—11 record. James Wilder’s final season was highlighted by a 100-yard receiving game in week 9. Many fans[who?] felt the Bucs were far better than the final record suggested, and offseason acquisitions would help the Bucs win the next year.

Season:
PRESEASON
Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Saturday
Aug. 12
Texans Houston Texans
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PS - wk 1
1-0
Won 41-23
Saturday
Aug. 19
Falcons Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PS - wk 2
2-0
Won 27-0
Saturday
Aug. 26
Colts @ Indianapolis Colts
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
PS - wk 3
2-1
Lost 0-30
Saturday
Sep. 2
Browns @ Cleveland Browns
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
PS - wk 4
3-1
Won 27-10

1989 Season Results

Record: 5-11, DIV: 3-5 (5th in NFC Central)
Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Sunday
Sep. 10
Packers @ Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
RS - wk 1
1-0
Won 23-21
Sunday
Sep. 17
49ers San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 2
1-1
Lost 16-20
Sunday
Sep. 24
Saints New Orleans Saints
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 3
2-1
Won 22-10
Sunday
Oct. 1
Vikings @ Minnesota Vikings
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
RS - wk 4
2-2
Lost 3-17
Sunday
Oct. 8
Bears Chicago Bears
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 5
3-2
Won 42-35
Sunday
Oct. 15
Lions Detroit Lions
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 6
3-3
Lost 16-17
Sunday
Oct. 22
Redskins @ Washington Redskins
RFK Stadium, Washington, DC
RS - wk 7
3-4
Lost 28-32
Sunday
Oct. 29
Bengals @ Cincinnati Bengals
Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
RS - wk 8
3-5
Lost 23-56
Sunday
Nov. 5
Browns Cleveland Browns
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 9
3-6
Lost 31-42
Sunday
Nov. 12
Vikings Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 10
3-7
Lost 10-24
Sunday
Nov. 19
Bears @ Chicago Bears
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
RS - wk 11
4-7
Won 32-31
Sunday
Nov. 26
Cardinals @ Arizona Cardinals
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
RS - wk 12
5-7
Won 14-13
Sunday
Dec. 3
Packers Green Bay Packers
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 13
5-8
Lost 16-17
Sunday
Dec. 10
Texans @ Houston Texans
Astrodome, Houston, TX
RS - wk 14
5-9
Lost 17-20
Sunday
Dec. 17
Lions @ Detroit Lions
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI
RS - wk 15
5-10
Lost 7-33
Saturday
Dec. 24
Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 16
5-11
Lost 22-31
PLAYOFFS
Date   Opponent NFC/Superbowl Outcome
Season
Ended
Buccaneers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
None
None
00-00

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