To clinch their playoff berth, the Bucs came from 23-6 down midway through the fourth quarter, their biggest-ever comeback at the time. Doug Williams passed for 367 yards, with two scores to Jimmie Giles. Bill Capece tied the score with a 40-yard fieldgoal with 26 seconds remaining and after James Wilder rushed 47 yards on the Bucs' first play of overtime, Capece converted a 33-yarder to win it for Tampa Bay. One of the key plays in the game came late in the first quarter when Doug Williams was hit and fumbled but then chased down DT Steve McMichael after a 64-yard return to the Tampa 8. The Buc defense held the the Bears to a fieldgoal which turned out to be decisive in the long run.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 Chicago Bears 23Sunday 2 January 1983 at Tampa Stadium
SCORINGCHI7:59-1Q Thomas FG43CHI13:58-2Q Thomas FG19CHI12:02-2Q Wilson 39 interception return (Thomas kick)TB7:26-2Q Capece FG27TB4:26-2Q Capece FG31CHI1:41-2Q Baschnagel 19 pass from McMahon (Thomas kick)CHI6:58-3Q Thomas FG19TB5:03-3Q Giles 35 pass from Williams (Capece kick)TB8:03-4Q Giles 31 pass from Williams (Capece kick)TB0:26-4Q Capece FG40TB12:21-OT Capece FG33
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to watch the clipJimmie Giles catches his second touchdown pass of the game from Doug WilliamsJames Wilder’s 47-yard run on a play called “EAT 18” in overtimeWhich set up Bill Capece’s winning fieldgoal to send the Bucs into the playoffs again