Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Minnesota Vikings 21 Sunday 15 December 1996 at the Metrodome
SCORING TB 2:47-1Q Rhett 5 run (Husted kick) MIN 7:21-2Q Hoard 5 run (Sisson kick) TB 6:42-3Q Husted FG36 MIN 1:59-3Q Hoard 22 run (Sisson kick) MIN 1:54-4Q Carter 36 pass from Johnson (Sisson kick)
The Vikings gave the Bucs a little taste of their own defensive medicine, limiting Tampa Bay to a season-low 169 total yards. The Bucs did hold an early lead, scoring first on a five-yard blast by Errict Rhett in the first quarter.   Credit for that drive went to Karl Williams, who returned Mitch Berger’s punt 72 yards in the first quarter, notching the second-longest punt return in Buc history just one week after posting the team’s second-longest kickoff return ever.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Alstott 7-50, Rhett 10-28, Ellison 2-9, Dilfer 1-5. VIKINGS: Hoard 20-101, Lee 5-22, Johnson 3-14, Graham 4-8. PASSING BUCS: Dilfer 32-13-104-2-0. VIKINGS: Johnson 35-25-221-2-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Alstott 5-10, Ellison 3-31, Thomas 2-17, Hawkins 1-23, Williams 1-16, Harris 1-7. VIKINGS: Carter 8-89, Reed 5-56, Lee 3-15, Hoard 2-17, Graham 2- 11, Evans 2-5, Walsh 1-17, Jordan 1-6, DeLong 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Abraham 1-0, Dimry 1-0. VIKINGS: Talley 1-10, Thomas 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Williams 3-81. VIKINGS: Palmer 2-48, Ismail 1-19. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Williams 4-109. VIKINGS: Palmer 4-35, Lee 2-20. SACKS BUCS: Sapp 2-17, Ahanotu 1-3, Culpepper 0.5-5, Upshaw 0.5-5. VIKINGS: Brady 1-9, Edwards 1-9, Randle 1-9.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Gruber DE 72 Ahanotu LG 60 Pyne DT 77 Culpepper C 61 Mayberry DT 99 Sapp RG 64 Diaz DE 73 Upshaw RT 70 Odom LLB 51 Marts TE 81 Harris MLB 56 Nickerson WR 84 Thomas RLB 55 Brooks WR 85 Hawkins LCB 35 Mayhew FB 40 Alstott RCB 21 Abraham RB 32 Rhett SS 47 Lynch QB 12 Dilfer FS 25 Johnson PLAYED 5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 22 Mincy, 23 Bouie, 29 Gant, 33 Staten, 37 Ellison, 39 Dimry, 45 Legette, 50 Gooch, 57 Jones, 68 Crisman, 69 Pierson, 75 Curry, 78 Jones, 80 Harper, 82 Tate, 83 Moore, 86 Williams, 93 DuBose, 97 Jackson DID NOT PLAY 11 Weldon, 41 Brooks INACTIVE 1 Marshall, 13 Milanovich, 27 Austin, 62 Beckles, 67 Ingram, 87 Silvan, 90 Maniecki, 94 White
COMMENTARY CREW Joe Buck and Bill Maas