Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Buffalo Bills 5
Sunday 4 December 1988 at Tampa Stadium
TB8:37-2Q Carney FG29
TB1:41-2Q Testaverde 4 run (Carney kick)
BUF11:00-3Q Safety - Testaverde sacked by Smith in the endzone
BUF 12:33-4Q Norwood FG30

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.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Click here for the gamebook and the play-by-play
Click here for Hubert Mizell's morning-after column
How Michelle Kaufman of the St.Petersburg Times saw the game
Click here for the view from the losing locker room
How John Carney so nearly lost it all for the Buccaneers
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.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT74 Gruber LDE79 Davis
LG68 Mallory NT95 Jarvis
C60 Grimes RDE94 Goff
RG50 Turk LOLB59 Murphy
RT72 Taylor LILB99 Marve
WR47 D Smith RILB54 Randle
WR88 Carrier ROLB51 Washington
TE82 Hall LCB29 Reynolds
TE85 Parks SS30 Robinson
RB43 Howard FS39 Hamilton
QB14 Testaverde RCB36 Futrell
SUBSTITUTIONS
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