Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 Detroit Lions 27
Sunday 4 October 1987 at the Silverdome
DET8:11-1QGrymes 36 pass from Hons (Prindle kick)
DET5:16-1QPrindle FG23
DET4:16-1QKing 9 fumble return (Prindle kick)
TB14:49-2QWright 15 pass from Hold (Tiffin kick)
TB11:33-2QTripoli 15 interception return (Tiffin kick)
DET1:51-2QTruvillion 53 pass from Hons (Prindle kick)
TB1:32-2QStreater 61 pass from Hold (Tiffin kick)
TB8:03-3QTiffin FG21
TB2:17-3QRicks 1 run (Tiffin kick)
DET11:41-4QPrindle FG35

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Wright 21-67, Hold 3-18, Land 7-16, Ricks 6-10, Thomas 1-2..
LIONS: Edwards 13-28, Wester 12-46, Dollinger 5-16, Hons 1-11, Black 1-0.
PASSING
BUCS: Reaves 8-2-16-0-0, Hold 15-6-102-0-2.
LIONS: Hons 26-10-201-3-2..
RECEIVING
BUCS: Wright 4-29, Streater 1-61, Walls 1-13, Ricks 1-12, Holloway 1-3.
LIONS: Truvillion 4-99, Grymes 3-81, Wheeler 2-17, Dollinger 1-4.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: Tripoli 2-17, Gant 1-15.
LIONS: none.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Walls 4-104, Wright 1-17, Gladman 1-16.
OPPONENTS: Hall 4-73, Bradley 2-42.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Walls 4-12.
OPPONENTS: Bradley 5-30.
SACKS
BUCS: Harris 1-9, Riggins 1-9, Montoute 1-8, Clark 1-8, McCallister 1-6.
OPPONENTS: Carr 1-12.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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Little over 10 minutes into the first replacement game, it looked like the alternative Bucs were facing a humiliating defeat trailing 17-0. But in front of the smallest crowd ever to watch a Tampa Bay game, 4,919, the Bucs came back thanks to a defense that forced five sacks, had three interceptions including one for a score that led to Paul Tripoli being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Former Arena League QB Mike Hold threw two scores, one a 61-yard bomb to Eric Streater. The Lions closed to within four when Ray Criswell was tackled on an abortive punt, but they could get no closer than four points as the Bucs hung on to win.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT64 Pumphery LDE90 Clark
LG62 Jordan NT76 Nordgren
C50 Pitcock RDE78 W Carter
RG60 O'Connor LOLB56 Montoute
RT68 Smith LILB53 McCallister
TE80 Holloway RILB54 Gant
WR89 Streater ROLB52 Teague
WR83 Walls LCB37 Walker
FB34 Wright SS40 Quinn
RB24 Land FS26 Tripoli
QB7 Reaves RCB31 Curry
SUBSTITUTIONS
1 Tiffin, 5 Criswell, 11 Hold, 23 King, 29 Paige, 32 Gladman, 33 George, 36 Thomas, 47 Ricks, 51 Turpin, 59 Pennington, 66 Heffernan, 67 Harris, 70 Turner, 77 Brown, 82 Modesitt, 84 Jackson, 87 S Carter, 91 Jacobs, 94 Riggins, 98 Ramey
DID NOT PLAY
72 Hunt, 73 Johnson
INACTIVE