Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33  New Orleans Saints 14 Sunday 11 December 1977    at the Superdome
And then they won. The Bucs tied an NFL record with three interceptions returned for touchdowns in one game and at one point in the fourth quarter, had a 26-0 lead.   For twenty years, the 19 point spread remained the team record for largest margin of victory on the road. John McKay proclaimed, "I thought it was the greatest victory in the history of the world."    Saints QB Archie Manning had said it would be a disgrace to lose to the Bucs and McKay used to fire up his defense.  "We wanted to get ahead and put the pressure on them," said Saints’ coach Hank Stram. "Instead, they did it to us and the nightmare began.”
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: DuBose 17-59, Bell 14-34, Williams 4-25, Carter 11-16, Huff 2-1. SAINTS: Galbreath 9-35, Muncie 11-31, Manning 6-23, Jones 1-5, Strachan 1-2. PASSING BUCS: Huff 9-7-96-0-1, Green 1-1-14-0-0. SAINTS: Manning 21-13-154-3-1, Scott 12-4-36-3-0. RECEIVING BUCS: DuBose 3-24, Owens 2-44, Williams 1-15, Reece 1-14, Carter 1-13. SAINTS: Hermann 4-92, Childs 3-30, Boykin 3-21, Galbreath 2-13, Muncie 2-11, Gilliam 1-11, Jones 1-9, Thaxton 1-3. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Washington 2-45, Wood 2-41, White 1-32, G Johnson 1-0, Brown 0-27. SAINTS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Ragsdale 1-19. SAINTS: Mauti 6-147, Chapman 1-23. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 3-46, Hagins 1-29. SAINTS:  Mauti 3-8. SACKS BUCS: L.Selmon 3-19, Rudolph 1-9, Johnson 1-8. SAINTS: Grooms 1-7.
SCORING MTB 5:48-1Q Green FG40 TB 9:54-2Q Green FG25 TB 1:12-2Q Owens 5 pass from Huff (Green kick) TB 12:33-3Q Washington 45 interception return (Green kick) TB 14:10-4Q Wood 10 interception return (kick failed) NO 7:12-4Q Manning 2 run (Szaro kick) TB 2:03-4Q G.Johnson 0 interception return (Green kick) NO 0:23-4Q Gilliam 11 pass from Manning (Szaro kick)
COMMENTARY CREW Frank Gleiber and Emerson Boozer
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis LDE 78 Rudolph LG 62 Winans DT 76 Pear C 79 Wilson RDE 63 L Selmon RG 68 Medlin LOLB 57 Lewis RT 70 Carlton LILB 61 D Selmon TE 83 Nafziger RILB 54 Wood WR 85 Owens ROLB 56 C Johnson WR 89 McKay LCB 45 White FB 35 DuBose SS 33 Cotney RB 42 Bell FS 34 Brown QB 19 Huff RCB 40 Washington SUBSTITUTIONS 4 Green, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 32 L Carter, 43 Williams, 46 Reece, 51 Ryczek, 52 Harris, 53 Bonness, 59 Lemon, 64 Robinson, 65 R Johnson, 66 B Carter, 72 G Johnson, 77 Kollar, 80 Novak, 81 Hagins, 87 Mucker DID NOT PLAY 14 Hedberg, 17 Blount, 82 Waddell INACTIVE 5 Swider, 28 Davis
VIDEO CLIPS Gary Huff found Morris Owens in the back of the endzone to put the Buccaneers ahead 13-0 at half-time Mike Washington’s pick six early in the third quarter made the players believe the first win was going to happen Greg Johnson took advantage of a good bounce to record the final score on an interception in the endzone