Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 Atlanta Falcons 9
Sunday 24 September 1978 at Tampa Stadium
ATL8:16-1Q Safety - blocked punt through the endzone
TB2:32-1Q Washington 79 return of blocked fieldgoal (O'Donoghue kick)
ATL9:32-3Q Jackson 5 pass from Barkowski (Steinfort kick)
TB8:01-4Q Obradovich 15 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)

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.
OPPONENTS: Jackson 2-47, Strong 1-19.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Hagins 3-23, Hagins 2-4, Reece 0-0.
OPPONENTS: Jackson 5-33.
SACKS
BUCS: L.Selmon 1-12.
OPPONENTS: Pridemore 1-13.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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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.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT75 Reavis LDE73 Hannah
LG78 Schumacher DT76 Pear
C79 Wilson RDE63 L Selmon
RG68 Medlin LOLB57 Lewis
RT70 Carlton LILB61 D Selmon
TE88 Giles RILB54 Wood
WR87 Mucker ROLB56 Johnson
WR81 Hagins LCB45 White
WR89 McKay SS33 Cotney
RB35 DuBose FS25 Jordan
QB12 Williams RCB40 Washington
SUBSTITUTIONS
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
INACTIVE
34 Brown