Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Atlanta Falcons 17 Sunday 27 November 1988 at Fulton County Stadium
SCORING ATL 6:47-1Q Davis FG40 ATL 0:46-2Q Settle 8 run (Davis kick) TB 9:14-3Q Carney FG24 TB 1:03-3Q Tate 1 run (Carney kick) ATL 11:20-4Q Haynes 37 pass from Miller (Davis kick)
It was wet and muddy in Atlanta but when your quarterback leads your team in rushing, you know you've got a problem with your ground game.   The Falcons had no such problems and pounded out 181 yards on the ground, taking the victory early in the fourth quarter when Chris Miller hit Michael Haynes from 37 yards out. New Buc kicker, John Carney, replacing the injured Donald Igwebuike, managed to have fieldgoals blocked on consecutive plays to add to the frustration.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Testaverde 5-58, Tate 12-39, Howard 9-30. FALCONS: Riggs 18-92, Settle 12-83, Miller 5-7, Lang 1-(-1). PASSING BUCS: Testaverde 29-12-190-3-0. FALCONS: Miller 24-14-121-1-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Carrier 4-54, Hall 3-66, Hill 2-26, D.Smith 1-25, Howard 1- 15, Tate 1-4. FALCONS: Dixon 3-22, Settle 3-22, Riggs 3-16, Haynes 2-44, Milling 1-9, Whisenhunt 1-5, Wilkins 1-3. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Hamilton 1-58 FALCONS: Case 2-13, Bruce 1-10. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Elder 2-33, D.Smith 1-17. FALCONS: Gordon 2-28, Cooper 1-22. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Futrell 1-0. FALCONS: Barnes 2-7. SACKS BUCS: Davis 1-13. FALCONS: Rade 1-4.
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 30 Robinson QB 14 Testaverde FS 39 Hamilton PLAYED 4 Carney, 13 Criswell, 20 Harris. 21 Wright, 27 Goode, 35 J Smith, 40 Elder, 47 D Smith, 50 Turk, 51 Washington, 54 Randle, 55 Rolling, 56 Walker, 64 Thomas, 71 Cooper, 73 McHale, 75 Kellin, 78 Cannon, 80 Pillow, 82 Hall. 83 Clinkscales, 97 Lee DID NOT PLAY 12 Ferguson INACTIVE 22 R Jones, 52 V Jones
COMMENTARY CREW Steve Zabriskie and Will McDonough
GAME HIGHLIGHTS           Click on the boxes below to watch the clip Future NFL star John Carney kicked his first NFL fieldgoal in this game Harry Hamilton had an interception and long return Lars Tate recorded the only Tampa touchdown of the game