INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Carver 24-68, Wilder 11-47, Williams 4-3 , Owens 2-2.LIONS: Sims 21-68, King 5-37, Bussey 1-7, Danielson 3-1.PASSINGBUCS: Williams 34-21-276-1-1.LIONS: Danielson 16-7-106-2-2.RECEIVINGBUCS: Wilder 7-73, House 4-40, Giles 3-69, Carver 2-32, T.Bell 2-21, Jones 1-24, Obradovich 1-15, Owens 1-2.LIONS: Hill 3-49, Thompson 2-25, Sims 1-21, King 1-11.INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: Brown 2-31.LIONS: Cobb 1-0.KICK RETURNSBUCS: Morton 2-44, Obradovich 1-12.LIONS: Hall 4-82, Martin 2-30.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Holt 2-17, T.Bell 1-5.LIONS: Martin 3-25.SACKSBUCS: Selmon 1-9.LIONS: Gay 1-11, Pureifory 1-8.
Trailing 21-6 in the third quarter, the Bucs mounted a furious comeback that was completed on Bill Capece's game-winning fieldgoal with 27 seconds remaining. The Bucs drove 74 yards late in the third quarter for Doug Williams' three-yard run and after a strong defensive stand, only had to drive 28 yards for Williams to hit James Owens with 13 minutes left in the game. Three times after, the Bucs drove into Detroit territory for the apparent winning score but two turnovers and a punt curtailed those drives. The final drive was kept alive after Detroit's Bobby Watkins was called for pass interference on 3rd and 20 from the Tampa 45-yard line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 Detroit Lions 21Sunday 26 December 1982 at Tampa Stadium
SCORINGDET10:21-1Q Thompson 19 pass from Danielson (Murray kick)TB11:47-2Q Capece FG34DET6:02-2Q Hill 7 pass from Danielson (Murray kick)TB0:31-2Q Capece FG29DET9:12-3Q Sims 3 run (Murray kick)TB4:25-3Q Williams 3 run (Capece kick)TB12:46-4Q Owens 2 pass from Williams (Capece kick)TB0:25-4Q Capece FG27
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to watch the clipDoug Williams fumbles the snap but still scores on a keeper around right endJames Owens with a tremendous catch at the back of the endzone for a scoreBill Capece kicks the game-winning fieldgoal and the Cardiac Kids sneak another one