Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 Carolina Panthers 21November 18, 2012 - A dramatic overtime victoryClick here for game reports and video highlights from this gameDramatic come-from-behind and overtime wins always linger longer in the memories of Buccaneer fans and this victory in Carolina achieved both of those goals. A late drive that resulted in a touchdown from QB Josh Freeman to WR Vincent Jackson with 12 seconds left and then the score-tying two-point conversion from the same players.In overtime, Dallas Clark caught a 15-yard scoring pass of his own and the Bucs had scored 17 unanswered points to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. “It's not that often that you're in a position to make that kind of play,'' he said. "I'm just glad I was able to make it today.''"We never had a doubt we'd score there and tie the game,'' WR Mike Williams said. "Down eight points, last two minutes, we prepare for that stuff all the time. We just practiced it the other day.''
THE BUCS AND THE DOLPHINSThe all-time series with the Dolphins is now tied at 5-5 thanks to the Buccaneers’ win on Monday Night Football during the 2013 season. Their first-ever win over their in-state rivals also came on prime time television in November 1982, a game that remains special to me as it was the one that led to me becoming a Buccaneer fan - otherwise this would be dolphinpower.Click here for a link to all the past 10 match-ups in franchise historySunday 24 October 1976Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 Miami Dolphins 23 The expansion Buccaneers of course lost every one of their 14 games in 1976 but the closest they came to victory was in the match-up with their in-state rival Dolphins. A pair of TD passes from Steve Spurrer to Morris Owens brought the Bucs level midway through the fourth quarter. But a defensive lapse and Garo Yepremian's fieldgoal with 55 seconds left cost the Bucs their first-ever victory and a chance to beat the once-proud Miami Dolphins, three point favourites against the spread. "It was the best game of the year for us" said Coach John McKay. "I've been telling people we have been progressing and we are". Monday 29 November 1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 Miami Dolphins 17 The 1982 season was shortened to nine games because of the NFLPA strike and the 0-3 Bucs were looking certain to miss the expanded playoff scenario until they won five of their final six games in dramatic fashion starting with this win over the Dolphins. It was the first visit of Monday Night Football to Tampa and the Old Sombrero was rocking, particularly after the Bucs jumped out to a 16-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. Don Strock replaced David Woodley at QB for the Dolphins but after a pair of touchdown passes to Joe Rose, a final desperation pass to the endzone was intercepted by Mike Washington and the victory was secured.Sunday 20 October 1985 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 Miami Dolphins 41 Leeman Bennett's team were 0-6 travelling to South Florida to take on a Dolphin team at the peak of its offensive powers. Dan Marino passed for 302 yards and three scores and Miami led by double-digits for most of the game. But Steve DeBerg led his Tampa offense in a similar style and passed for four touchdowns, all to Jimmie Giles, setting a franchise record that remains to this day. After an earlier Fuad Reveiz fieldgoal had been partially blocked but still crept over the bar, the game winner from the Miami kicker came with six seconds to play. DeBerg threw a Hail Mary on the last play of the game that Kevin House caught at the Miami 23-yard line but time had expired.
Two former Bucs are celebrating today, one more infamous than the other. Cato June played the 2007 and 2008 seasons at outside linebacker making 28 starts and providing another veteran voice to Jon Gruden’s aging tem. He turns 38 today.CJ Wilson is the cornerback from 2014 who injured himself with a firework and thereby ended his NFL career.