Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Detroit Lions 20
Sunday 13 December 1987 at Tampa Stadium
DET8:31-1QMandley 8 pass from Long (Murray kick)
TB7:30-2QIgwebuike FG44
DET14:14-2QMurray FG24
DET12:18-3QMurray FG37
DET7:13-3QEllerson 6 run (Murray kick)
TB8:22-4QHill 28 pass from Testaverde (Igwebuike kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Hunter 6-30, Wilder 4-14, Smith 3-3, Testaverde 1-0.
LIONS: James 18-67, Woolfolk 5-59, Jones 14-40, Ellerson 9-19, Long 4-5.
PASSING
BUCS: Testaverde 39-20-262-1-1.
LIONS: Long 23-12-108-0-1.
RECEIVING
BUCS: Hill 5-86, Carter 4-78, Hall 4-34, Carrier 2-35, Howard 2-18, Hunter 2-4, Smith 1-7.
LIONS: Lee 3-36, Jones 3-24, Rubick 2-22, Mandley 2-18, James 2-8.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: none.
LIONS: Williams 1-48.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Futrell 4-86, Hill 1-8.
OPPONENTS: Lee 2-47, Saleamua 1-18.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Futrell 1-0.
OPPONENTS: Mandley 3-23.
SACKS
BUCS: none.
OPPONENTS: Cofer 2-25, J.Williams 1-11, E.Williams 1-10.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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Vinny's home debut was not a good one as the Lions controlled the ball for over 36 minutes and kept the Bucs out of the end-zone until Testaverde's strike to Bruce Hill with 8:22 remaining in the game.

This loss was to a Detroit Lions team that had arrived in town tied for the worst record in the NFL. It was the Bucs' sixth straight loss and rekindled the possibility of a third straight last-place finish in the NFC Central Division. The fourth-place Bucs now lead Detroit only because of the replacement games played during the strike. Tampa Bay has a 4-9 record to Detroit's 3-10 although both of the squads that played Sunday are actually 2-8.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT73 Heller LDE78 Cannon
LG66 Yarno NT94 Stensrud
C60 Grimes RDE70 Swayne
RG68 Mallory LOLB56 Walker
RT77 Maarleveld LILB58 Davis
WR87 Carter RILB54 Randle
WR89 Carrier ROLB51 Washington
TE82 Hall LCB29 Reynolds
FB32 Wilder SS33 Kemp
RB35 Smith FS38 Isom
QB14 Testaverde RCB22 Jones
SUBSTITUTIONS
1 Igwebuike, 5 Garcia, 17 DeBerg, 23 Anderson, 24 Tripoli, 25 Howard, 36 Futrell, 37 Hunter, 42 Bartalo, 50 Turk, 52 Brantley, 57 Moss, 59 Murphy, 71 Cooper, 79 Goode, 83 Miller, 84 Hill, 85 G.Taylor, 90 Holmes, 91 Gant, 93 Sileo, 99 McHale
DID NOT PLAY
86 Magee
INACTIVE/TAXI SQUAD
11 Shula, 31 Gordon, 38 Evans, 81 Freeman, 95 Jarvis