Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 Buffalo Bills 14
Sunday 26 September 1976 at Tampa Stadium
TB7:46-1Q Green FG39
TB1:01-2Q Green FG24
BUF13:16-2Q Chandler 59 pass from Ferguson (Ricardo kick)
TB12:18-4Q Green FG19
BUF9:15-4Q Gant 15 pass from Ferguson (Ricardo kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Carter 12-72, Williams 12-50, C.Davis 10-31, Johnson 3-14, DuBose 1-1, M.Moore 1-1, B.Moore 1-1.
BILLS: Kinney 12-62, Simpson 20-39, Powell 2-8, Ferguson 1-0.
PASSING
BUCS: Spurrier 27-13-170-1-0, Carter 1-0-0-0-0.
BILLS: Ferguson 22-12-188-0-2.
RECEIVING
BUCS: B.Moore 4-65, C.Davis 3-32, Owens 1-15, McKay 1-14, Williams 1-14, B.Smith 1-13, Green 1-9, Carter 1-8.
BILLS: Chandler 5-110, Gant 3-50, Simpson 2-19, Holland 1-9, Kinney 1-0.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: none.
BILLS: Greene 1-18.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Carter 1-17, C.Davis 1-11, DuBose 1-6.
OPPONENTS: Word 2-36, Moody 1-24, Hooks 1-14.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: M.Moore 4-37, Reece 2-29.
OPPONENTS: Hooks 1-0, Moody 1-0, Word 1-(-8).
SACKS
BUCS: Pear 1-2.
OPPONENTS: Smith 1-2.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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The expansion Bucs still had to score a touchdown but thanks to Dave Green, they finally came up with some points after two shutout defeats and their defense came close to embarrassing the Bills who had been 10.5 point favourites going into the game. Green kicked three fieldgoals and his punting kept Buffalo in poor field position for much of the game.

OJ Simpson was held to only 39 yards but Joe Ferguson solved the Tampa defense just enough to get the job done, hitting Bob Chandler with a 58-yard TD pass and Reuben Gant for a 15-yard score.

John McKay's take on the game:" We could have and should have won."
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT71 Young LDE78 Rudolph
LG72 Fest DT76 Pear
C73 Ward DT63 LSelmon
RG67 Alward RDE66 Toomay
RT74 Current LLB58 CPeterson
TE82 Pagac MLB56 Cooper
WR83 McGriff RLB57 JPeterson
WR89 McKay LCB40 Washington
FB43 Williams SS33 Cotney
RB26 Davis FS28 Stone
QB11 Spurrier RCB46 Reese
SUBSTITUTIONS
4 Green, 19 Johnson, 25 Jordan, 30 Gunn, 32 Carter, 35 DuBose, 42 Oliver, 44 Moore, 51 Ryczek, 53 Ball, 54 Wood, 61 DSelmon, 64 Robinson, 80 Novak, 85 Owens, 86 Moore, 88 Smith
DID NOT PLAY
13 Lawrence, 18 Dickinson, 77 Little, 79 Wilson
INACTIVE
22 McNeill, 27 Davis, 52 Reese