Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Minnesota Vikings 21
Sunday 15 December 1996 at the Metrodome
TB2:47-1Q Rhett 5 run (Husted kick)
MIN7:21-2Q Hoard 5 run (Sisson kick)
TB6:42-3Q Husted FG36
MIN1:59-3Q Hoard 22 run (Sisson kick)
MIN1:54-4Q Carter 36 pass from Johnson (Sisson kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Alstott 7-50, Rhett 10-28, Ellison 2-9, Dilfer 1-5.
VIKINGS: Hoard 20-101, Lee 5-22, Johnson 3-14, Graham 4-8.
PASSING
BUCS: Dilfer 32-13-104-2-0.
VIKINGS: Johnson 35-25-221-2-1.
RECEIVING
BUCS: Alstott 5-10, Ellison 3-31, Thomas 2-17, Hawkins 1-23, Williams 1-16, Harris 1-7.
VIKINGS: Carter 8-89, Reed 5-56, Lee 3-15, Hoard 2-17, Graham 2-11, Evans 2-5, Walsh 1-17, Jordan 1-6, DeLong 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: Abraham 1-0, Dimry 1-0.
VIKINGS: Talley 1-10, Thomas 1-0.
VIKINGS:
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Williams 3-81.
VIKINGS: Palmer 2-48, Ismail 1-19.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Williams 4-109.
VIKINGS: Palmer 4-35, Lee 2-20.
SACKS
BUCS: Sapp 2-17, Ahanotu 1-3, Culpepper 0.5-5, Upshaw 0.5-5.
VIKINGS: Brady 1-9, Edwards 1-9, Randle 1-9.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Rick Stroud's lead story from the Metrodome
He returns as if he's been there before
Click here for the gamebook and the play-by-play
The Vikings gave the Bucs a little taste of their own defensive medicine, limiting Tampa Bay to a season-low 169 total yards. The Bucs did hold an early lead, scoring first on a five-yard blast by Errict Rhett in the first quarter.

Credit for that drive went to Karl Williams, who returned Mitch Bergerís punt 72 yards in the first quarter, notching the second-longest punt return in Buc history just one week after posting the teamís second-longest kickoff return ever.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT74 Gruber LDE72 Ahanotu
LG60 Pyne UT77 Culpepper
C61 Mayberry DT99 Sapp
RG64 Diaz RDE73 Upshaw
RT70 Odom LLB51 Marts
TE81 Harris MLB56 Nickerson
TE84 Thomas RLB55 Brooks
WR85 Hawkins LCB35 Mayhew
FB40 Alstott SS47 Lynch
RB32 Rhett FS25 Johnson
QB12 Dilfer RCB21 Abraham
SUBSTITUTIONS
5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 22 Mincy, 23 Bouie, 29 Gant, 33 Staten, 37 Ellison, 39 Dimry, 45 Legette, 50 Gooch, 57 Jones, 68 Crisman, 69 Pierson, 75 Curry, 78 Jones, 80 Harper, 82 Tate, 83 Moore, 86 Williams, 93 DuBose, 97 Jackson
DID NOT PLAY
11 Weldon,41 Brooks
INACTIVE
1 Marshall, 13 Milanovich, 27 Austin, 62 Beckles, 67 Ingram, 87 Silvan, 90 Maniecki, 94 White