Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34 Chicago Bears 19
Sunday 22 December 1996 at Tampa Stadium
CHI7:20-1Q Harris 1 run (Jaeger kick)
TB1:19-1Q Moore 2 pass from Dilfer (Husted kick)
TB13:25-2Q Rhett 3 run (Husted kick)
TB8:45-2Q Williams 88 punt return (Husted kick)
TB4:32-2Q Hawkins 15 pass from Dilfer (Husted kick)
TB0:00-2Q Husted FG50
TB 13:40-4Q Husted FG22
CHI2:14-4Q Engram 6 pass from Matthews (two-pt.attempt failed)
CHI 0:18-4Q Matthews 2 run (two-pt. attempt failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Rhett 14-44, Alstott 11-42, Brooks 2-2, Ellison 2-1, Dilfer 1-1, Weldon 1-(-1).
BEARS: Salaam 7-35, Harris 9-26, Carter 1-3, Matthews 1-2, Krieg 1-1.
PASSING
BUCS: Dilfer 14-11-104-0-2.
BEARS: Krieg 26-17-139-1-0, Matthews 17-13-158-0-1.
RECEIVING
BUCS: Hawkins 4-55, Harper 2-21, Alstott 2-14, Moore 2-8, Harris 1-6.
BEARS: Conway 9-120, Harris 6-22, Wetnight 4-61, Timpson 4-35, Engram 2-23, Cash 2-15, Salaam 1-8, Jackson 1-7, Carter 1-6.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: Mincy 1-26.
BEARS: none.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Williams 2-49.
BEARS: Jackson 5-88, Engram 1-19.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Williams 2-100.
BEARS: Engram 0-0.
SACKS
BUCS: Nickerson 2-15, Upshaw 1-7, Sapp 1-3.
BEARS: Spellman 1-12.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Rick Stroud's lead story from Houlihan's Stadium
Recommended off-season reading: Great Expectations
Bucs at 100: young and full of promise
Williams finally kicks punt return habit
Click here for the gamebook and the play-by-play
Turning in their finest all-around effort in recent memory, the Bucs controlled the ball offensively, defensively and on special teams on the way to a 31-7 halftime lead. Though there were many Buc highlights, the most significant moment may have been turned in by rookie Karl Williams, who returned a second-quarter punt 88 yards for a touchdown, only the second Buc kick return ever to find the end zone.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT74 Gruber LDE72 Ahanotu
LG64 Diaz UT77 Culpepper
C61 Mayberry DT99 Sapp
RG62 Beckles RDE73 Upshaw
RT70 Odom MLB56 Nickerson
TE81 Harris RLB55 Brooks
WR80 Harper DB39 Dimry
WR85 Hawkins LCB35 Mayhew
FB40 Alstott SS47 Lynch
RB32 Rhett FS25 Johnson
QB12 Dilfer RCB21 Abraham
SUBSTITUTIONS
1 Marshall, 5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 11 Weldon, 22 Mincy, 23 Bouie, 29 Gant, 33 Staten, 37 Ellison, 41 Brooks, 45 Legette, 51 Marts, 57 Jones, 65 Dogins, 68 Crisman, 69 Pierson, 75 Curry, 78 Jones, 82 Tate, 83 Moore, 86 Williams, 93 DuBose, 94 White
DID NOT PLAY
INACTIVE
13 Milanovich, 27 Austin, 58 Williams, 67 Ingram, 84 Thomas, 87 Silvan, 90 Maniecki, 97 Jackson