Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20  Detroit Lions 23 Sunday 18 December 1983  at the Silverdome
SCORING TB 1:13-1Q J.Bell 4 pass from Thompson (Warnke kick) DET 10:02-2Q Sims 3 run (Murray kick) DET 3:49-2Q Murray FG34 TB 1:12-2Q House 20 pass from Thompson (kick failed) DET 10:27-3Q Murray FG36 DET 8:52-4Q Murray FG38 DET 2:32-4Q Chadwick 6 pass from Danielson (Murray kick) TB 1:22-4Q Carter 13 pass from Thompson (Yarno kick)
Kicking problems again proved instrumental in frustrating the Bucs in their 1983 finale. Bill Capece had been replaced by free agent signing Dave Warnke, but after he made his first extra point, he missed the next one and a short fieldgoal as well.   The final extra point of the season was converted by offensive tackle George Yarno who at nearly 300 pounds, is probably the heaviest player ever to kick in the NFL. Jack Thompson passed for the then-second highest yardage total in team history but the NFC Champion Lions hung on to win.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Carver 23-44, Thompson 1-0. LIONS: Jones 14-69, Sims 15-56, Bussey 1-6, Danielson 2-0. PASSING BUCS: Thompson 42-28-373-1-3. LIONS: Danielson 12-9-143-0-0, Hipple 15-9-80-0-0, Jones 1- 0-0-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: House 8-136, Carver 8-67,Carter 5-82, J.Bell 3-49, Tyler 1-16, T.Bell 1-13, Armstrong 1-5, Witte 1-5. LIONS: Sims 5-81, Jones 5-38, Chadwick 4-46, Rubick 2-21, Thompson 1-23, Nichols 1-14. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. LIONS: Cobb 1-13. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Owens 4-47, Middleton 1-10, Armstrong 1-10. LIONS: Hall 2-51, Jenkins 1-19. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: T.Bell 1-7, Holt 1-0. LIONS: Martin 1-5. SACKS BUCS: Brantley 1-11, Cannon 1-5. LIONS: Green 1-9, English 1-9, Cofer 1-6.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis LDE 66 Reese LG 72 Snell NT 76 Logan C 60 Grimes RDE 78 Cannon RG 62 Farrell LOLB 51 Judie RT 68 Yarno LILB 55 Spradlin TE 82 J Bell RILB 52 Brantley TE 85 Witte ROLB 53 Green WR 89 House LCB 21 Holt FB 46 Armstrong SS 33 Cotney RB 28 Carver FS 43 Reece QB 11 Golsteyn RCB 40 Washington PLAYED 1 Morton, 2 Warnke, 5 Garcia, 22 Smith, 23 Castille, 26 Owens, 24 Morris, 41 Thomas, 44 Middleton, 54 Wood, 56 Thompson, 57 Leonard, 58 Davis, 69 Arbubakrr, 77 Bujnoch, 81 Tyler, 83 T Bell, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White DID NOT PLAY 7 Komlo, 11 Golsteyn, 63 Selmon, 70 Thomas, 74 Sanders, 88 Giles INACTIVES 3 Capece
COMMENTARY CREW Frank Gleiber and Dick Vermiel
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the boxes below to watch the clip Jack Thompson found Jerry Bell for the opening score of the game The worst kicker in Tampa Bay history - Dave Warnke in action So offensive lineman George Yarno kicked the final extra point of the season