INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Williams 11-39, McNeill 4-37, Carter 12-25, Spurrier 1-1.BROWNS: Miller 14-49, G.Pruitt 10-44, Poole 13-38, Sipe 1-10, M.Pruitt 2-4, Duncan 1-4.PASSINGBUCS: Spurrier 28-15-135-0-1, Dickinson 3-2-29-1-0, Davis 1-1-(-7)-0-0.BROWNS: Sipe 18-10-131-0-1, Phipps 5-2-11-0-0.RECEIVINGBUCS: B.Moore 5-56, Owens 4-50, Johnson 4-31, Carter 2-7, McKay 1-11, Williams 1-9, Novak 1-(-7).BROWNS: Warfield 4-79, Rucker 3-25, Logan 1-18, Miller 1-15, Poole 1-4, Duncan 1-4, G.Pruitt 1-(-3).INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: none.BROWNS: Brown 1-24.KICK RETURNSBUCS: Carter 3-69, McNeil 1-30.BROWNS: Feacher 1-21, Holden 1-17.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Reece 2-22, Stone 1-11.BROWNS: Holden 4-38.SACKSBUCS: Pear 1-9.BROWNS: Jones 1-6, Sherk 1-10, Team 1-16.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 Cleveland Browns 24Sunday 21 November 1976 at Tampa Stadium
SCORINGCLE 2:17-1Q Miller 2 run (Cockroft kick)TB 0:51-2Q Johnson 12 pass from Spurrier (Green kick)CLE 6:34-3Q Warfield 15 pass from Sipe (Cockroft kick)CLE 14:22-4Q Jones recovered fumble in endzone (Cockroft kick)CLE 8:56-4Q Cockroft FG32
The Bucs, winless and frustrated after 11 games, outplayed the Browns in all areas in the first half but went to the locker room tied at seven apiece. QB Brian Sipe finally got the sluggish Browns, 15 point favourites, moving in the second half and found WR Paul Warfield wide open at the goal-line for a 15-yard scoring strike. John McKay's take on the game:" We didn't play with the same enthusiasm in the second half. We played them like a bunch of old ...., well I don't want to say that."
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Video footage from the expansion season is limited to occasional clips from the NFL Films season highlight film as NBC who broadcast all 14 games that season, destroyed the master tapes some years later leaving none of the games available in the way other games from Buccaneer history are. However we have been able to obtain the coverage from NFL Films’ Review of the Week in which the Buccaneers were featured, sometimes though not in the most flattering of highlights. The left video are the selected Buccaneer clips. The right video is the one from the Review of the Week.