Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20  Detroit Lions 10 Sunday 28 December 1997 at Houlihan's Stadium
SCORING TB 8:15-1Q Husted FG22 TB 4:36-2Q Copeland 9 pass from Dilfer (Husted kick) TB 8:11-3Q Husted FG42 TB 3:54-3Q Alstott 31 run (Husted kick) DET 14:57-4Q Hanson FG33 DET 7:12-4Q Vardell 1 run (Hanson kick)
Delighted fans watched the Bucs methodically flatten Detroit rushing to a 20-0 third quarter lead before holding on for the 20-10 Wild Card victory.   The highlight was on Detroit’s final desperate drive, when Frank Reich completed a 15-yard pass on 3rd & 16, and then forgot it was 4th down and spiked the ball to stop the clock. The Bucs got the ball back and it was over. Two more wins and the Super Bowl beckoned.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Dunn 18-72, Alstott 11-68, Anthony 1-1, Dilfer 2-0. LIONS: Sanders 18-65, Mitchell 4-20, Rivers 1-17, Reich 1-5, Vardell 2- 1, Jett 1-1. PASSING BUCS: Dilfer 26-13-181-1-1. LIONS: Mitchell 25-10-78-1-0, Reich 15-11-129-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Anthony 3-62, Dunn 3-0, Thomas 2-66, Copeland 2-14, Williams 1-23, Alstott 1-12, Harris 1-4. LIONS: Morton 8-88, Sanders 5-43, Moore 4-44, Boyd 2-11, Vardell 1- 12, Sloan 1-9. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Parker 1-19. LIONS: Rice 1-2. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Anthony 3-52. LIONS: Milburn 5-140. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Williams 2-8, Dunn 0-0. LIONS: Milburn 2-5. SACKS BUCS: Jackson 1-5, Ahanotu 1-4. LIONS: London 1-6, Elliss 1-0.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Gruber LDE 72 Ahanotu LG 60 Pyne DT 77 Culpepper C 61 Mayberry DT 99 Sapp RG 73 Middleton RDE 91 Upshaw RT 70 Odom WLB 55 Brooks TE 83 Moore MLB 56 Nickerson WR 85 Anthony SLB 59 Porter WR 86 Williams LCB 21 Abraham QB 12 Dilfer SS 47 Lynch FB 40 Alstott FS 22 Mincy RB 28 Dunn RCB 27 Parker PLAYED 4 Walsh, 5 Husted, 7 Landeta, 23 Bouie, 25 Johnson, 29 Gant, 31 Young, 32 Rhett, 37 Ellison, 45 Legette, 50 Gooch, 52 Bellisari, 53 Quarles, 64 Diaz, 71 Wunsch, 80 Harris, 82 Hape, 84 Thomas, 87 Davis, 88 Copeland, 90 Maniecki, 94 White, 97 Jackson INACTIVES 13 Milanovich, 20 Barber, 24 Robinson, 48 Jordan, 51 Singleton, 65 Dogins, 69 Pierson, 75 Curry
COMMENTARY CREW Pat Summerall and John Madden
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the boxes below to view the clips Horace Copeland set the Bucs on their way with this opening score Mike Alstott had the final Tampa Bay touchdown in the original stadium Tyoka Jackson finished the Lions off with this sack of Frank Reich