Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16  Washington Redskins 20 Saturday 19 December 1998   at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium
SCORING TB 8:19-1Q Moore 8 pass from Dilfer (Husted kick) WAS 3:26-1Q Shepherd 16 run (Blanchard kick) TB 12:16-2Q Husted FG20 TB 9:22-2Q Husted FG42 TB 6:01-3Q Husted FG24 WAS 13:39-4Q Blanchard FG26 WAS 6:06-4Q Blanchard FG35 WAS 5:49-4Q Alexander 15 pass from Green (Blanchard kick)
It was always going to be tough to win in Washington to keep the post-season dream alive, but with the Bucs leading 16-7 early in the fourth quarter, it looked on the cards. Two Cary Blanchard fieldgoals brought the Redskins close, but then Jacquez Green fumbled a kickoff and Stephen Alexander caught the go-ahead score with 5:49 to play. Two late Tampa drives ended in Trent Dilfer interceptions and the Bucs flew home from the nation's capital needing help to make the playoffs.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Alstott 13-80, Dilfer 6-37, Dunn 18-33. REDSKINS: Hicks 11-59, Shepherd 1-16, Mitchell 4-10, Green 4-5. PASSING BUCS: Dilfer 34-14-100-2-1. REDSKINS: Green 33-16-191-1-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Dunn 5-27, Emanuel 3-24, Moore 3-23, Williams 2-24, Green 1-12. REDSKINS: Alexander 6-62, Connell 4-86, Hicks 2-12, Mitchell 2-10, Thomas 1-12, Shepherd 1-9. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Mincy 1-9. REDSKINS: Jones 1-9, Green 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Green 5-136. REDSKINS: Mitchell 4-86, Burnett 1-5. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Green 2-25. REDSKINS: Mitchell 3-46. SACKS BUCS: Lynch 2-26, Jackson 1-17, Culpepper 1-8, Upshaw 1-4. REDSKINS: Wilkerson 1-5, Lang 1-5, Boutte 1-3.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Gruber DE 97 Jackson LG 65 Dogins DT 77 Culpepper C 61 Mayberry DT 99 Sapp RG 73 Middleton DE 91 Upshaw RT 70 Odom LLB 50 Gooch TE 83 Moore MLB 59 Duncan WR 81 Green RLB 55 Brooks WR 87 Emanuel LCB 21 Abraham FB 40 Alstott RCB 20 Barber RB 28 Dunn SS 47 Lynch QB 12 Dilfer FS 22 Mincy PLAYED 5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 23 Bouie, 25 Kelly, 27 Parker, 31 Young, 37 Ellison, 41 Neal, 51 Singleton, 53 Quarles, 54 Palmer, 59 Davis, 69 Pierson, 71 Wunsch, 75 Washington, 78 Jones, 80 Davis, 82 Hape, 86 Williams, 88 Hunter, 94 White, 98 Cannida DID NOT PLAY 4 Walsh INACTIVES 13 Milanovich, 26 Abdullah, 29 Smith, 33 Vance, 64 Diaz, 84 Thomas, 85 Anthony, 98 Mix
COMMENTARY CREW Sam Rosen and Jerry Glanville