Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 New Orleans Saints 13 Sunday 25 September 1988 at the Superdome
SCORING NO 8:25-1Q Hill 5 pass from Hebert (Andersen kick) NO 4:25-1Q Andersen FG28 TB 14:50-2Q Igwebuike FG25 NO 12:31-2Q Andersen FG41 TB 7:15-2Q Igwebuike FG35 TB 6:51-3Q Igwebuike FG35
The Bucs nearly upset the Saints in their own Bayou but for a series of gaffs in the second quarter. Trailing 13-3, Kerry Goode's TD run was called back for a motion penalty, and then Goode dropped a TD pass from Vinny Testaverde. The resulting score hence was only a Donald Igwebuike fieldgoal instead of a TD, the final difference in the scores.   The Saints' only TD came after Robert Goff was called for a late hit on Bobby Hebert after New Orleans had been stopped on third down. "We just weren't good enough to win today" said Ray Perkins.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Goode 10-44, Wilder 10-38, Tate 3-10. SAINTS: Hilliard 18-47, Heyward 9-36, Perriman 1-17, Mayes 2- 17, Hebert 4-0. PASSING BUCS: Testaverde 33-14-230-1-0. SAINTS: Hebert 28-16-159-1-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Hill 4-91, Carrier 4-66, Wilder 3-25, Hall 2-26, Goode 1-22. SAINTS: Hill 6-73, Tice 2-34, Hilliard 2-15, Martin 2-9, Heyward 2- 3, Mayes 1-15, Perriman 1-10. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Reynolds 1-7. SAINTS: Jakes 1-39. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Elder 2-51. SAINTS: Atkins 2-84, Gray 2-36. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: none. SAINTS: Gray 1-22. SACKS BUCS: Jarvis 1-8. SAINTS: Geathers 1-8, Wilks 1-8, V.Johnson 1-7, Swilling 1-3.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Gruber DE 79 Davis LG 68 Mallory DT 95 Jarvis C 60 Grimes DE 90 Holmes RG 50 Turk LOLB 59 Murphy RT 72 Taylor LILB 99 Marve TE 82 Hall RILB 53 Coleman WR 84 Hill ROLB 58 Moss WR 88 Carrier LCB 29 Reynolds FB 32 Wilder RCB 36 Futrell RB 34 Tate SS 30 Robinson QB 14 Testaverde FS 39 Hamilton PLAYED 1 Igwebuike, 13 Criswell, 20 Harris, 22 Jones, 27 Goode, 33 McAdoo, 35 J Smith, 40 Elder, 43 Howard, 51 Washington, 55 Rolling, 56 Walker, 69 Bruhin, 70 Swayne, 71 Cooper, 78 Cannon, 81 Starring, 86 Magee, 94 Goff, 97 Lee DID NOT PLAY 12 Ferguson, 64 Thomas, 80 Pillow INACTIVE 54 Randle, 73 McHale
COMMENTARY CREW James Brown and Gary Fencik