THE BUCS AND THE DOLPHINS The 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.  The two teams will only meet now every four seasons due to the inter-conference scheduling but not surprisingly, Miami are the most common opponent for the Bucs in pre-season play having now played no less than 30 times with the Dolphins holding a 17-13 all-time series lead. Sunday 24 October 1976        Tampa 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 touchdown 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". Spurrier had not been due to play due to injury but after rookie starter Parnell Dickinson was lost in the first quarter and Terry Hanratty unable to move the ball, the veteran former Gator was pressed into service.  "It makes a difference when you have time and can see what you are doing," said Spurrier, who had plenty of time to throw behind a weak Miami pass rush, "You don't have so many people around you." 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 ABC's Monday Night Football to Tampa Stadium 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 TE Joe Rose, a final desperation pass to the endzone was intercepted by CB Mike Washington and the Buccaneer victory was secured. And watching this game in the UK was an unknowing teenager, one of the first highlight packages shown in the British Isles as the NFL looked to expand across the Atlantic.  He became a Buccaneer fan that night on the victory by the orange-clad team and 35 years, that love affair continues as the editor of this website. 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 TE 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.