Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14   Atlanta Falcons 9 Sunday 24 September 1978 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING ATL 8:16-1Q Safety - blocked punt through the endzone TB 2:32-1Q Washington 79 return of blocked fieldgoal (O'Donoghue kick) ATL 9:32-3Q Jackson 5 pass from Barkowski (Steinfort kick) TB 8:01-4Q Obradovich 15 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
The Bucs managed to reach .500 for the first time in their history thanks to Doug Williams' TD strike to TE Jim Obradovich with 8:01 remaining in the game. Dewey Selmon had the game's biggest play when he blocked a Fred Steinfort fieldgoal attempt and Mike Washington returned it 79 yards for the go-ahead score.   After the Bucs went 14-9 up and forced Atlanta to punt, they ran out the last five minutes of the clock including an option pass from Louis Carter in the process.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Bell 18-50, DuBose 11-50, Davis 1-2, Williams 4-(-8). FALCONS: Stanback 23-112, Bean 10-29, Patton 3-6, Bartkowski 4-1. PASSING BUCS: Williams 23-6-74-0-1, Carter 1-1-21-0-0. FALCONS: Bartkowski 24-12-81-3-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Hagins 4-45, Obradovich 2-36, McKay 1-14. FALCONS: Ryckman 4-23, Bean 4-23, Jackson 2-19, Stanback 1- 13, Esposito 1-3. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Washington 1-0, D.Selmon 1-0, Jordan 1-0. FALCONS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Ragsdale 2-56. FALCONS:  Jackson 2-47, Strong 1-19. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Hagins 3-23, Hagins 2-4, Reece 0-0. FALCONS:  Jackson 5-33. SACKS BUCS: L.Selmon 1-12. FALCONS: Pridemore 1-13.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis DE 73 Hannah LG 78 Schumacher DT 76 Pear C 79 Wilson DE 63 L Selmon RG 68 Medlin LOLB 57 Lewis RT 70 Carlton LILB 61 D Selmon TE 88 Giles RILB 54 Wood WR 87 Mucker ROLB 56 Johnson WR 81 Hagins LCB 45 White WR 89 McKay RCB 40 Washington RB 35 DuBose SS 33 Cotney QB 12 Williams FS 25 Jordan PLAYED 4 Green, 6 O'Donoghue, 19 Huff, 23 Ragsdale, 32 L Carter, 38 Davis, 42 Bell, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 64 Horton, 67 Moritz, 71 Crowder, 74 Freitas, 77 Kollar, 82 Darby, 85 Owens, 86 Obradovich DID NOT PLAY 15 Rae, 60 Chambers, 65 Johnson INACTIVES 34 Brown
COMMENTARY CREW Tim Ryan and Johnny Unitas
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the big plays Mike Washingtonā€™s blocked fieldgoal return for a touchdown was one of the plays of the season Jim Obradovich had the other Buccaneer touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Doug Williams Dewey Selmon had one of the three interceptions by the defense