Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13  Chicago Bears 14 Sunday 20 December 1978  at Tampa Stadium
SCORING TB 13:07-1Q Jones 33 pass from Williams (Yepremian kick) TB 1:43-1Q Yepremian FG27 CHI 10:14-2Q Evans 6 run (Thomas kick) CHI 1:34-3Q Evans 1 run (Thomas kick) TB 10:38-4Q Yepremian FG26
Garo Yepremian's 32-yard fieldgoal was blocked by Alan Page with 40 seconds remaining and hence cost the Bucs a final victory.   Doug Williams threw for over 300 yards for the fourth time this season, 138 of them to rookie Kevin House who finished the season in tremendous form.   But again turnovers killed the Bucs, three fumbles being lost in Bear territory, two of them by Tampa receivers when in fieldgoal range.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Eckwood 14-68, Bell 7-34, T.Davis 2-8, J.Davis 1-5, Berns 1-3, Williams 2-(-1), Jones 1-(-10). BEARS: Payton 29-130, Harper 10-32, Evans 6-10, Suhey 1-10. PASSING BUCS: Williams 29-16-350-2-1. BEARS:  Evans 31-15-151-2-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Hagins 4-54, House 3-138, Jones 3-54, Eckwood 2-28, Giles 1-29, Obradovich 1-24, T.Davis 1-17, Berns 1-6. BEARS:  Payton 4-25, Watts 3-28, Haines 2-49, Williams 2-18, Suhey 2-15, Earl 1-11, Fisher 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Cotney 1-7, Washington 1-0. BEARS: Wilson 1-4, Ellis 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: G.Davis 3-80. BEARS: Williams 4-83. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 4-29. BEARS: Waterscheid 1-5. SACKS BUCS: L.Selmon 1-11. BEARS:  Osborne 1-6.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis DE 65 Stalls LG 68 Yarno DT 76 Logan C 50 Wilson DE 63 L Selmon RG 74 Sanders LOLB 57 Lewis RT 73 Hannah LILB 58 D Selmon TE 88 Giles RILB 54 Wood WR 84 Jones ROLB 56 Johnson WR 89 House LCB 25 Jordan FB 27 T Davis RCB 40 Washington RB 42 Bell SS 33 Cotney QB 12 Williams FS 34 Brown PLAYED 1 Yepremian, 16 Blanchard, 20 Colzie, 28 G Davis, 36 Berns, 38 J Davis, 41 Thomas, 43 Eckwood, 46 Reece, 52 Brantley, 55 Brown, 59 Hawkins, 62 Leonard, 74 Sanders, 77 Kollar, 78 Radford, 79 Lewis, 82 Shumann, 86 Obradovich, 89 House DID NOT PLAY 14 Fusina, 69 Austin, 87 Carter INACTIVES none
COMMENTARY CREW Gary Bender and John Madden
GAME HIGHLIGHTS                   Click on the boxes to view the big plays Gordon Jones had another receiving touchdown to cap an impressive opening drive Mark Cotney had one of the two Tampa Bay interceptions But the season ended disappointingly when Garo Yepremian’s winning fieldgoal attempt was blocked