Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 Chicago Bears 25
Sunday 17 September 1995 at Tampa Stadium
CHI10:12-1Q Butler FG24
TB10:09-2Q Husted FG23
CHI5:48-2Q Butler FG37
CHI0:10-2Q Butler FG22
CHI13:35-3Q Green 7 run (Butler kick)
CHI11:55-3Q Marshall 13 blocked punt return (2pt conversion failed)
TB4:38-3Q Husted FG40
CHI3:13-4Q Butler FG27

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Rhett 19-66, Dilfer 2-7, Ellison 1-1.
BEARS: Green 13-72, Salaam 20-55, Johnson 1-2, Kramer 1-(-1).
PASSING
BUCS: Dilfer 27-11-149-4-0, Weldon 7-4-39-0-0.
BEARS: Kramer 38-18-207-0-0.
RECEIVING
BUCS: Hawkins 6-74, Copeland 2-29, Dawsey 2-29, J Harris 2-28, Thomas 1-20, Moore 1-5, Ellison 1-3.
BEARS: Conway 4-56, Graham 4-53, Timpson 2-31, Green 2-18, Johnson 2-16, Wetnight 2-13, Jennings 1-11, Gedney 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: none.
BEARS: Lincoln 1-32, Carter 1-15, Joseph 1-0, Woolford 1-0.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Edmonds 6-111.
BEARS: Timpson 1-31.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Edmonds 3-19.
BEARS: Graham 3-14.
SACKS
BUCS: none.
BEARS: Thierry 2-11, Spellman 1-8, Flanigan 1-4.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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Don Banks reports from the home opener
Hubert Mizell reflects on the same old Bucs
Trent Dilfer feels the agony of defeat
The Bucs home opener in 1995 was the first live appearance of Tampa Bay on British TV. Trailing 3-0, the key play came when Courtney Hawkins just dropped the ball deep in Chicago territory and a promising drive came to nothing. The Bucs never really threatened again and two scores in a minute thanks to a Buc fumble and blocked punt, put the game away for good.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT74 Gruber LDE72 Ahanotu
LG70 McRae UT77 Wheeler
C61 Mayberry DT99 Sapp
RG62 Beckles RDE75 Curry
RT69 Pierson LLB51 Marts
TE81 Harris MLB56 Nickerson
TE86 Armstrong RLB55 Brooks
WR88 Copeland LCB21 McGruder
FB83 Moore SS27 Bussey
RB32 Rhett FS22 Everett
QB12 Dilfer RCB39 Dimry
SUBSTITUTIONS
1 Roby, 5 Husted, 11 Weldon, 26 Abraham, 28 Buckley, 29 Gant, 37 Ellison, 41 Edmonds, 44 Booty, 47 Lynch, 52 Rouse, 53 Brady, 54 Stephens, 60 Pyne, 71 Dotson, 73 Culpepper, 80 Dawsey, 85 Hawkins, 87 Thomas, 93 DuBose, 94 McIntosh
DID NOT PLAY
65 Ingram, 67 Sullivan
INACTIVE
15 Philcox, 25 Johnson, 35 Mayhew, 45 Stargell, 76 Dill, 81 Davis, 82 Harper, 95 Powe