Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 Detroit Lions 38 Sunday 23 November 1986 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING DET 7:51-1Q Jones 1 run (Murray kick) TB 1:26-1Q Igwebuike FG31 DET 0:26-2Q Thompson 4 pass from Ferguson (Murray kick) TB 8:00-3Q Wilder 11 pass from Young (Igwebuike kick) DET 1:42-3Q Chadwick 18 pass from Ferguson (Murray kick) DET 0:16-3Q James 13 run (Murray kick) DET 8:37-4Q Murray FG20 TB 2:14-4Q Franklin 2 pass from Young (Igwebuike kick) DET 1:43-4Q Thompson 34 pass from Long (Murray kick)
3rd quarter TDs by Jeff Chadwick and Garry James blew open a close game and helped the Lions keep their slim hopes of a play-off berth alive. The Bucs had early chances to take the lead but Donald Igwebuike missed a 37-yard FG attempt and the Bucs also failed to score after Scot Brantley's interception had given them the ball at the Detroit 43-yard line.   Another drive stalled at the Lion 11 when they fumbled, and they could get no closer than two scores in the fourth quarter in spite of James Wilder gaining over 200 yards rushing/receiving on the day. Lion QB Chuck Long threw a TD pass on his first pro attempt.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Wilder 24-130, Young 8-53, Springs 1-4. LIONS: Jones 13-64, James 10-45, Ferguson 3-11, Williams 6-9. PASSING BUCS: Young 32-23-218-2-2. LIONS: Ferguson 21-14-230-1-2, Long 1-1-34-0-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Wilder 9-71, Magee 5-63, Springs 5-48, Freeman 2-25, Carter 1-9, Franklin 1-2. LIONS: Thompson 4-69, Chadwick 3-98, Bland 3-61, James 3-14, Jones 2-22. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Brantley 1-8. LIONS: Mitchell 2-10. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Freeman 2-46, Futrell 1-27, Franklin 1-10. LIONS:  Hunter 3-68. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Futrell 1-4. LIONS: none. SACKS BUCS: none. LIONS:  Cofer 2.5-17, Ferguson 1-6, Gay 0.5-2.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 72 Taylor DE 71 Nelson LG 66 Yarno DT 76 Logan C 60 Grimes DE 90 Holmes RG 68 Mallory LOLB 57 Browner RT 73 Heller LILB 58 Davis TE 86 Magee RILB 52 Brantley WR 87 Carter ROLB 51 Washington WR 81 Freeman LCB 21 McKeever RB 20 Springs RCB 22 Jones RB 32 Wilder SS 44 Sully QB 8 Young FS 31 Curry PLAYED 1 Igwebuike, 5 Garcia, 17 DeBerg, 23 Castille, 35 Franklin, 36 Futrell, 41 Swoope, 54 Randle, 56 J Walker, 59 Murphy, 62 Farrell, 67 Morgan, 75 Kellin, 77 Maarleveld, 80 Williams, 84 Heflin, 85 Dunn, 98 Keys DID NOT PLAY 25 Howard, 28 Allen, 37 K Walker, 64 Robinson, 83 Gillespie
COMMENTARY CREW Unknown
GAME HIGHLIGHTS           Click on the boxes below to watch the clip James Wilder had the first Buccaneer touchdown Pat Franklin added the second Tampa Bay scoring reception Steve Young’s late fourth quarter run was a highlight reel of its own