Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 Minnesota Vikings 9
Saturday 24 September 1977 at Tampa Stadium
MIN12:48-2Q Safety - Hedberg sacked by Eller in the endzone
TB1:57-2Q Leavitt FG19
MIN7:25-3Q Foreman 31 pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Bell 21-66, Hedberg 6-25, DuBose 3-12, Davis 1-2, Williams 1-0, Carter 2-(-1).
VIKINGS: Foreman 14-58, McClanahan 9-33, Johnson 4-11, Miller 2-5, Tarkenton 3-(-3).
PASSING
BUCS: Hedberg 14-4-51-3-0, Huff 3-1-(-3)-0-0.
VIKINGS: Tarkenton 38-25-223-2-1.
RECEIVING
BUCS: Owens 2-26, McKay 2-25, DuBose 1-(-3).
VIKINGS: McClanahan 5-46, Miller 5-45, Foreman 4-52, White 3-40, Voight 3-14, Rashad 3-13, Johnson 2-13.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: D Selmon 1-9, White 1-3.
VIKINGS: Krause 1-25, Blair 1-18, Wright 1-5.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: A.Davis 1-27, Hagins 1-26.
OPPONENTS: McClanahan 1-18, Miller 1-17, Grim 1-4.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Reece 2-19, Hagins 1-9.
OPPONENTS: Grim 5-15.
SACKS
BUCS: Rudolph 1-12.
OPPONENTS: White 1-12, Eller 1-2.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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Randy Hedberg completed seven passes but three of them were to the Vikings and any hopes of winning the home opener in 1977 went the same way.

The Bucs were knocking on the Minnesota goal-line in the second half but had to resort to an Allan Leavitt fieldgoal from the one-yard line and never threatened again. The winning score came in the third quarter when Fran Tarkenton scrambled around in his famous way, and found Chuck Foreman from 31 yards out.

The Bucs were 14 point underdogs in this game but once again, did manage to cover the spread.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT75 Reavis LDE78 Rudolph
LG62 Winans DT76 Pear
C51 Ryczek RDE63 L Selmon
RG68 Medlin LOLB57 Lewis
RT70 Carlton LILB61 D Selmon
TE86 Moore RILB54 Wood
WR85 Owens ROLB56 C Johnson
WR89 McKay LCB45 White
FB35 DuBose SS33 Cotney
RB42 Bell FS34 Brown
QB14 Hedberg RCB40 Washington
SUBSTITUTIONS
4 Green, 9 Leavitt, 19 Huff, 25 Jordan, 28 Davis, 32 L Carter, 36 Winfrey, 43 Williams, 46 Reece, 52 Harris, 53 Bonness, 59 Lemon, 64 Robinson, 65 R Johnson, 66 B Carter, 73 Hannah, 77 Kollar, 79 Wilson, 81 Hagins, 83 Nafziger, 87 Mucker
DID NOT PLAY
INACTIVE
17 Blount, 80 Novak