Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17  Chicago Bears 28 Sunday 20 September 1981 at Soldier Field
SCORING TB 8:06-1Q Washington 29 interception return (Yepremian kick) CHI 3:24-2Q Suhey 1 run (Nielsen kick) CHI 0:38-2Q Fisher 88 punt return (Nielsen kick) TB 11:10-2Q House 11 pass from Williams (Yepremian kick) CHI 0:06-3Q Evans 8 run (Nielsen kick) TB 12:23-4Q Yepremian FG32 CHI 5:14-4Q Williams 18 pass from Evans (Nielsen kick)
The Bucs held Chicago to just 75 first half yards but trailed 14-7 at the break thanks to Jeff Fisher's punt return score with 38 seconds left in the second quarter.   Doug Williams passed for over 300 yards but three interceptions killed any hopes of a Tampa comeback in the second half. The Bucs' first TD came on an interception of their own by Mike Washington who re-injured a groin muscle pull in the process of scoring.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Eckwood 23-114, Williams 3-18, Wilder 2-4, R.Bell 1-3, T.Davis 1-2. BEARS: Payton 21-64, Suhey 14-48, Evans 3-9. PASSING BUCS: Williams 40-17-324-2-1 BEARS: Evans 23-13-126-1-1, Payton 1-0-0-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: House 6-91, Giles 5-109, Jones 4-68, T.Bell 1-47, Wilder 1-9. BEARS: Suhey 4-19, Watts 2-35, Williams 2-29, Earl 2-18, Margerum 1-15, Baschnagel 1-6, Payton 1-4. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Washington 1-29. BEARS: Fencik 1-20, Walterscheid 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Owens 2-45, G.Davis 1-12. BEARS:  Williams 4-66. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: T.Bell 5-5. BEARS:  Fisher 2-93. SACKS BUCS: none. BEARS:  Osborne 1-15.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis DE 77 Kollar LG 68 Yarno DT 76 Logan C 50 Wilson DE 63 Selmon RG 62 Leonard LOLB 57 Lewis RT 74 Sanders LILB 56 Johnson TE 88 Giles RILB 54 Wood WR 89 House ROLB 53 Green WR 84 Jones LCB 41 Thomas FB 32 Wilder RCB 21 Holt RB 43 Eckwood SS 20 Colzie QB 12 Williams FS 34 Brown PLAYED 1 Yepremian, 14 Fusina, 16 Blanchard, 26 Owens, 27 T Davis, 28 G Davis, 40 Washington, 42 R Bell, 44 Cesare, 45 Mitchell, 51 Nafziger, 52 Brantley, 59 Hawkins, 61 Roberts, 65 Stalls, 70 Hutchinson, 72 Snell, 73 Hannah, 83 Bell, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White DID NOT PLAY 10 Ford
COMMENTARY CREW Tom Brookshier and Johnny Morris