Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15 Chicago Bears 27 Sunday 20 November 1988 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING CHI 10:38-1Q Anderson 1 run (Butler kick) CHI 6:59-1Q Anderson 17 run (Butler kick) TB 3:10-1Q Igwebuike FG27 CHI 6:10-2Q Muster 40 pass from Tomczak (Butler kick) TB 0:00-2Q Igwebuike FG23 TB 13:22-4Q Safety - Goode downed Wagner in the endzone CHI 7:29-4Q Butler FG36 CHI 2:20-4Q Butler FG43 TB 0:59-4Q Pillow 7 pass from Ferguson (Criswell kick)
How can I forget this one? Not just the first NFL game I saw live, but one I watched from the Bucs' bench as a guest of Ray Perkins. You don't realise how hard they hit in this game until you're that near, and I was close to getting decapitated by Mike Singletary at one point.   The game was never in doubt, the Bears were far too good and the only historical note came when Kerry Goode recorded the first safety in Buc history.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Tate 19-66, Testaverde 5-55, Howard 14-47. BEARS: Anderson 19-66, Sanders 10-50, Muster 3-17, Harbaugh 1-8, Wagner 1-0, Suhey 3-(-2). PASSING BUCS: Testaverde 22-7-86-2-0, Ferguson 10-5-77-0-1. BEARS: Tomczak 21-9-179-2-1, Harbaugh 4-1-30-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Pillow 3-47, Hill 3-37, Carrier 2-39, D.Smith 2-22, Howard 1-14, Magee 1-4. BEARS: Morris 3-70, McKinnon 2-49, Muster 1-40, Davis 1-21, Anderson 1-17, Moorehead 1-6, Thornton 1-6. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Hamilton 1-23, Harris 1-2. BEARS: Douglass 1-29, Singletary 1-13. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Elder 3-93, Futrell 1-18. BEARS: Gentry 1-42. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Futrell 4-54. BEARS: McKinnon 2-18, Kowlowski 1-0. SACKS BUCS: Cannon 1-9. BEARS: Rivers 1-10.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Gruber DE 79 Davis LG 68 Mallory DT 95 Jarvis C 60 Grimes DE 94 Goff RG 69 Bruhin LOLB 59 Murphy RT 72 Taylor LILB 99 Marve TE 86 Magee RILB 53 Coleman WR 84 Hill ROLB 58 Moss WR 88 Carrier LCB 29 Reynolds FB 43 Howard RCB 36 Futrell RB 34 Tate SS 20 Harris QB 14 Testaverde FS 39 Hamilton PLAYED 1 Igwebuike, 12 Ferguson, 13 Criswell, 21 Wright, 27 Goode, 28 Brown, 35 J Smith, 40 Elder, 47 D Smith, 50 Turk, 51 Washington, 52 V Jones, 54 Randle, 55 Rolling, 56 Walker, 64 Thomas, 71 Cooper, 73 McHale, 75 Kellin, 78 Cannon, 80 Pillow, 83 Clinkscales, 97 Lee DID NOT PLAY INACTIVE 22 R Jones, 82 Hall
COMMENTARY CREW Tim Ryan and Dan Jiggetts