Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 Detroit Lions 20 Sunday 15 December 2002 at Ford Field
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Alstott 11-47, Pittman 11-46, Stecker 4-28, B.Johnson 2-2. LIONS: Cason 10-62, Cooper 8-50, Schlessinger 6-31, McMahon 2-1. PASSING BUCS: B.Johnson 41-24-253-0-0. LIONS: Harrington 1-0-0-0-0, McMahon 21-10-158-1-1. RECEIVING BUCS: K.Johnson 6-90, Pittman 5-47, Dilger 3-35, Dudley 3- 29, Alstott 3-23, McCardell 2-25, Stecker 2-4. LIONS: Schroeder 4-96, Cason 2-38, Ricks 1-9, Crowell 1-7, Schlessinger 1-6, Anderson 1-2 INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Quarles 1-4. LIONS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Stecker 5-148. LIONS: Drummond 5-197, Foster 1-26. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Williams 2-(-2). LIONS: Drummond 3-4, Foster 1-10. SACKS BUCS: Barber 1-10. LIONS: none.
OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 72 Oben LDE 94 Spires LG 71 Jenkins UT 92 McFarland C 62 Christy DT 99 Sapp RG 60 Coleman RDE 97 Rice RT 67 Walker LLB 51 Singleton TE 85 Dilger MLB 53 Quarles WR 19 Johnson RLB 55 Brooks WR 87 McCardell LCB 25 Kelly FB 40 Alstott SS 38 Howell RB 32 Pittman FS 34 Jackson QB 14 Johnson RCB 20 Barber SUBSTITUTIONS 7 Gramatica, 9 Tupa, 23 Phillips, 26 Smith, 27 Stecker, 30 Barnes, 31 Wansley, 35 Ivy, 43 Cook, 52 Webster, 58 Golden, 66 Benjamin, 74 Green, 75 Brown, 77 Washington, 80 Yoder, 83 Jurevicius, 86 Williams, 88 Dudley, 90 Gurley, 91 Darby, 95 Warner DID NOT PLAY 10 King INACTIVE 11 Johnson, 47 Lynch, 64 Goodspeed, 81 Lee, 84 Barlow, 89 Crawford, 93 Claybrooks, 96 Wyms
SCORING TB 10:43-1Q Gramatica FG20 TB 14:17-2Q Alstott 1 run (Gramatica kick) DET 11:24-2Q Schroeder 18 pass from McMahon (Hanson kick) DET 5:53-2Q Hanson FG37 TB 0:17-2Q Gramatica FG28 DET 12:02-3Q Hanson FG25 TB 10:08-4Q Pittman 4 run (Gramatica kick) DET 9:44-4Q McMahon 2 run (Hanson kick) TB 3:04-4Q Gramatica FG38
The Buccaneers guaranteed themselves a playoff berth with this win over the 3-11 Lions but it was anything but convincing.  Back-up QB Mike McMahon replaced Joey Harrington early in the game and had his team tied late in the fourth quarter before Martin Gramatica booted a 38-yard fieldgoal with 3:04 remaining to put the Buccaneers ahead for good.    The Saints and Falcons both lost meaning one more win would give Jon Gruden’s team the division title but he knew improvement was needed.  “We were not flat today,'' he said. ``And I know that's going to be the word on the street, but the truth is, this is the NFL and you can get your block knocked off here if you don't make some plays.”
COMMENTARY CREW Curt Menafee and Tim Ryan
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS    Click on the boxes below for the main plays from the game Mike Alstott scored on a nice run outside left tackle Shelton Quarles’ interception was almost missed on the coverage Michael Pittman added the final touchdown for the Buccaneers