Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 Washington Redskins 10
Sunday 8 December 1996 at Tampa Stadium
TB8:58-1Q Harris 22 pass from Dilfer (Husted kick)
TB 4:25-1Q Husted FG42
WAS14:55-2Q Blanton FG29
TB 0:00-2Q Husted FG35
TB11:22-3Q Husted FG19
TB 3:12-3Q Alstott 13 run (Harris pass from Dilfer)
WAS2:49-4Q Ellard 3 pass from Frerotte (Blanton kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Rhett 28-97, Alstott 8-67, Dilfer 4-27, Brooks 3-10, Ellison 2-8.
REDSKINS: Allen 14-36, Mitchell 2-5.
PASSING
BUCS: Dilfer 15-8-112-0-1.
REDSKINS: Frerotte 39-20-219-1-1.
RECEIVING
BUCS: Alstott 3-24, Ellison 2-30, Hawkins 1-33, Harris 1-22, Moore 1-3.
REDSKINS: Ellard 5-93, Brooks 5-54, Asher 5-31, Mitchell 3-29, Allen 2-12.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: Mayhew 1-5.
REDSKINS: none.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Williams 2-84.
REDSKINS: Mitchell 4-66, Bell 1-3.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Williams 3-24.
REDSKINS: none.
SACKS
BUCS: Nickerson 1-7, Curry 1-6.
REDSKINS: Owens 2-11, Harvey 1-9.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Rick Stroud's lead story from Tampa Stadium
The future may hold more, but someday is right now
Bucs D rips up Redskins stat sheet
Click here for the gamebook and the play-by-play
Displaying a consistency reflective of their stalwart Paul Gruber, who appeared in his team-record 133rd game in this contest, the Bucs dominated Washington en route to their fourth win in five weeks. The defense set up Tampa Bay’s first score, as Martin Mayhew’s interception of a Gus Frerotte pass stationed the Bucs at Washington’s 39.

The Bucs broke it wide open in the third, scoring on their first two possessions. After a 19-yard Husted chip shot, Mike Alstott powered a 67-yard drive by handling the ball on five of nine plays, the last a 13-yard blast around Gruber’s end for a touchdown.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT74 Gruber LDE72 Ahanotu
LG60 Pyne UT77 Culpepper
C61 Mayberry DT99 Sapp
RG62 Beckles RDE73 Upshaw
RT70 Odom LLB51 Marts
TE81 Harris MLB56 Nickerson
TE83 Moore RLB55 Brooks
WR85 Hawkins LCB35 Mayhew
WR84 Thomas SS47 Lynch
FB40 Alstott FS25 Johnson
QB12 Dilfer RCB21 Abraham
SUBSTITUTIONS
5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 23 Bouie, 29 Gant, 32 Rhett, 33 Staten, 37 Ellison, 39 Dimry, 41 Brooks, 45 Legette, 50 Gooch, 57 Jones, 68 Crisman, 69 Pierson, 75 Curry, 78 Jones, 80 Harper, 82 Tate, 86 Williams, 93 DuBose, 97 Jackson
DID NOT PLAY
11 Weldon, 64 Diaz
INACTIVE
1 Marshall, 13 Milanovich, 22 Mincy, 27 Austin, 67 Ingram, 87 Silvan, 90 Maniecki, 94 White