Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 New Orleans Saints 14 Sunday 29 November 1981 at the Superdome
SCORING NO 11:01-1Q Hardy 2 pass from Manning (Ricardo kick) NO 8:28-2Q Rogers 8 run (Ricardo kick) TB 4:28-2Q Capece FG51 TB 1:55-2Q House 16 pass from Williams (Capece kick) TB 10:52-3Q Williams 2 run (Capece kick) TB 9:24-4Q Jones 4 pass from Williams (Capece kick) TB 2:44-4Q Owens 6 run (Capece kick)
The Bucs spotted the Saints an early 14-0 advantage but then roared back with 31 unanswered points. Doug Williams sparked the comeback by passing for 218 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for another score. Williams hit his last eight passes as Tampa Bay scored touchdowns on three of its four second half possessions. Kevin House caught his 7th TD of the season snatching a 16-yard throw inches from the turf and also had six receptions for 107 yards on the day.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Owens 17-50, Wilder 7-47, Williams 5-19, Eckwood 7-15, Fusina 2-(-4). SAINTS: Rogers 23-120, Holmes 3-16, Stauch 1-1. PASSING BUCS: Williams 24-16-218-1-2. SAINTS: Manning 23-16-162-2-1, Wilson 8-3-53-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: House 6-107, Eckwood 4-36, Giles 2-46, Wilder 2-14, Owens 1-11, Jones 1-4. SAINTS: Holmes 7-35, Merkens 4-57, Hardy 2-11, Martini 2-11, Tyler 2-5, Groth 1-54, Thompson 1-25, Brenner 1-17. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Washington 1-34, Johnson 1-16. SAINTS: Myers 1-16. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Owens 3-63. SAINTS:  Rogers 3-60, W.Wilson 2-51, Stauch 1-29. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Holt 0-0. SAINTS:  Groth 2-47. SACKS BUCS: Selmon 2-11. SAINTS:  none.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Sanders DE 65 Stalls LG 72 Snell DT 76 Logan C 50 Wilson DE 63 Selmon RG 61 Roberts LOLB 59 Hawkins RT 73 Hannah LILB 56 Johnson TE 88 Giles RILB 54 Wood WR 83 Bell ROLB 53 Green WR 89 House LCB 41 Thomas FB 32 Wilder RCB 40 Washington RB 43 Eckwood SS 20 Colzie QB 12 Williams FS 34 Brown PLAYED 3 Capece, 9 Swider, 14 Fusina, 21 Holt, 26 Owens, 27 T Davis, 42 R Bell, 44 Cesare, 45 Mitchell, 51 Nafziger, 52 Brantley, 57 Lewis, 62 Leonard, 64 Short, 68 Yarno, 70 Hutchinson, 75 Reavis, 79 Campbell, 84 Jones, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White DID NOT PLAY 10 Ford
COMMENTARY CREW Dick Stockton and Jim Hill