Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23  San Diego Chargers 24 Sunday 13 December 1981 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING SD 9:03-1Q Sievers 27 pass from Fouts (Bernirschke kick) TB 7:03-1Q T.Bell 58 pass from Williams (Capece kick) SD 7:32-2Q Cappelletti 8 run (Bernirschke kick) TB 10:17-3Q Capece FG49 SD 11:52-4Q Brooks 1 run (Bernirschke kick) TB 8:33-4Q Wilder 8 run (kick failed) TB 8:06-4Q Wilder 23 run (Capece kick) SD 0:25-4Q Bernirschke FG29
The Bucs could have clinched the NFC Central with a win, but Rolf Bernischke's fieldgoal with 45 seconds remaining kept the champagne on ice for another week. San Diego's winning drive was a 16-play effort in which Dan Fouts completed a key fourth down pass to Charlie Joiner. James Wilder had two scores, but a fumbled snap on the second extra point prevented the game going to overtime. Theo Bell had his best receiving day as a Buccaneer in this game.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Owens 11-61, Wilder 4-34, Williams 1-17, Eckwood 1-2, R.Bell 2-0. CHARGERS: Brooks 17-50, Cappelletti 9-32, Muncie 3-17, Fouts 1-3, Chandler 1-(-8). PASSING BUCS: Williams 35-22-321-2-1, House 1-0-0-0-0. CHARGERS: Fouts 49-33-351-2-1, Winslow 1-0-0-0-0, Chandler 1-0-0-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Wilder 6-78, Giles 4-38, Owens 4-36, T.Bell 3-96, House 3- 61, Eckwood 2-12. CHARGERS: Chandler 8-112, Winslow 8-55, Joiner 7-99, Brooks 7-31, Sievers 1-27, Scales 1-22, Cappelletti 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Lewis 1-10, Brown 1-0. CHARGERS: Edwards 1-39, Lowe 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Owens 2-52, Wilder 1-19, T.Davis 1-13. CHARGERS:  Brooks 4-99, Bauer 1-14. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Colzie 1-0. CHARGERS:  Brooks 2-29. SACKS BUCS: none. CHARGERS: Woodcock 2-20, Kelcher 1-11.
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 42 Bell SS 20 Colzie QB 12 Williams FS 34 Brown PLAYED 3 Capece, 9 Swider, 21 Holt, 24 Delaney, 26 Owens, 27 T Davis, 43 Eckwood, 44 Cesare, 51 Nafziger, 52 Brantley, 57 Lewis, 62 Leonard, 64 Short, 68 Yarno, 70 Hutchinson, 75 Reavis, 79 Campbell, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White DID NOT PLAY 10 Ford, 14 Fusina, 84 Jones
COMMENTARY CREW Phil Sterr and Gene Washington