Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Buffalo Bills 5 Sunday 4 December 1988 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING TB 8:37-2Q Carney FG29 TB 1:41-2Q Testaverde 4 run (Carney kick) BUF 11:00-3Q Safety - Testaverde sacked by Smith in the endzone BUF 12:33-4Q Norwood FG30
The Bills were on their way to the AFC Championship game and this was seen as a turning point for the Bucs under Ray Perkins. A huge third-quarter goal-line stand preserved the win and in spite of a blocked John Carney fieldgoal in the final period, Mark Robinson's interception at the Buc 14-yard line inside the final minute made it safe.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Howard 16-50, J.Smith 1-23, D.Smith 1-15, Goode 9-15, Testaverde 5-8, Tate 3-(-1). BILLS: Mueller 3-16, Riddick 8-16, Harmon 1-6, Thomas 7-1. PASSING BUCS: Testaverde 29-12-156-0-0. BILLS: Kelly 40-23-249-2-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Hall 3-32, D.Smith 3-17, Carrier 2-42, Howard 2-26, Parks 1-22, J.Smith 1-17. BILLS: Riddick 6-53, T.Johnson 4-63, Burkett 4-62, Metzelaars 4- 35, Reed 2-12, Thomas 1-11, F.Johnson 1-8, Harmon 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Robinson 1-28, Reynolds 1-0. BILLS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: J.Smith 1-26, Elder 1-13. BILLS: F.Johnson 2-22, Harmon 1-8, Byrum 1-0. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Futrell 4-45. BILLS: F.Johnson 2-14. SACKS BUCS: Davis 1-9, Goff 1-6. BILLS: Still 1-8, Smith 1-5.
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 82 Hall RILB 54 Randle WR 47 Smith ROLB 51 Washington WR 88 Carrier LCB 29 Reynolds TE 85 Parks RCB 36 Futrell RB 43 Howard SS 30 Robinson QB 14 Testaverde FS 39 Hamilton PLAYED 4 Carney, 13 Criswell, 20 Harris. 22 R Jones, 27 Goode, 34 Tate, 35 J Smith, 40 Elder, 52 V Jones, 53 Coleman, 55 Rolling, 56 Walker, 58 Moss, 64 Thomas, 69 Bruhin, 71 Cooper, 73 McHale, 75 Kellin, 78 Cannon, 80 Pillow, 89 Richardson, 97 Lee DID NOT PLAY 12 Ferguson INACTIVE 21 Wright, 84 Hill
COMMENTARY CREW Gary Gerould and Jimmy Cefalo
GAME HIGHLIGHTS           Click on the boxes below to watch the clip Vinny Testaverde fooled the defense and the cameras with his bootleg touchdown run The defense came up big with a massive 4th down stop at the goal-line Mark Robinson clinched the victory with an interception of Jim Kelly