Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 Seattle Seahawks 17 Sunday 22 September 1996 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING TB 5:54-1Q Husted FG33 SEA 14:13-2Q Peterson FG33 TB 1:12-2Q Brooks 2 run (Husted kick) TB 9:20-4Q Husted FG28 SEA 3:00-4Q Blades 5 pass from Mirer (Peterson kick) SEA 0:31-4Q Smith 14 run (Peterson kick)
Rick Mirer, held to just 71 passing yards through the first three-plus quarters, steered the Seahawks on consecutive TD marches of 83 and 61 yards, racking up 138 yards through the air in that span. Hardy Nickerson and Warren Sapp led the defensive charge that resulted in a 10-3 halftime lead for Tampa.   After alternating field goals, the Bucs embarked on an 80-yard TD drive that was unexpectedly kept alive by John Lynch’s 40-yard breakaway run on a fake punt.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Brooks 26-65, Lynch 1-40, Dilfer 4-5, Barnhardt 1-2, Alstott 1-(-1). SEAHAWKS: Warren 12-38, Smith 7-32, Mirer 5-32, Galloway 2- 22. PASSING BUCS: Dilfer 26-15-118-1-0. SEAHAWKS: Mirer 37-20-209-1-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Alstott 4-25, Moore 4-21, Harper 3-48, Hawkins 2-11, Williams 1-7, Brooks 1-6. SEAHAWKS: Blades 9-92, Galloway 3-33, Warren 2-18, Harris 1- 21, Strong 1-20, Fauria 1-18, Broussard 1-6, Proehl 1-3, Smith 1- (-2). INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Nickerson 1-17. SEAHAWKS: Williams 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Silvan 4-54. SEAHAWKS: Broussard 4-70. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Silvan 4-36. SEAHAWKS: Galloway 4-6. SACKS BUCS: Sapp 2-10, Marts 1-1. SEAHAWKS: Kennedy 1-7, Moss 1-5.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 69 Pierson DE 72 Ahanotu LG 60 Pyne DT 77 Culpepper C 61 Mayberry DT 99 Sapp RG 62 Beckles DE 73 Upshaw RT 79 Riesenberg LLB 51 Marts TE 81 Harris MLB 56 Nickerson WR 80 Harper RLB 55 Brooks WR 85 Hawkins LCB 35 Mayhew FB 40 Alstott RCB 39 DImry RB 41 Brooks SS 47 Lynch QB 12 Dilfer FS 25 Johnson PLAYED 5 Husted, 6 Barnhardt, 21 Abraham, 23 Bouie, 27 Austin, 29 Gant, 34 Thompson, 37 Ellison, 43 Johnson, 45 Legette, 50 Gooch, 64 Diaz, 70 Odom, 71 Adams, 78 Jones, 82 Tate, 83 Moore, 84 Thomas, 86 Williams, 87 Silvan, 91 Smith, 97 Jackson DID NOT PLAY 11 Weldon, 68 Crisman INACTIVE 13 Milanovich, 54 Stephens, 74 Gruber, 75 Curry, 89 Ryans, 90 Maniecki, 93 DuBose
COMMENTARY CREW Don Criqui and Beasley Reece