Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 Detroit Lions 27 Sunday 29 September 1996 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING DET 1:18-1Q Blades 98 interception return (Hanson kick) DET 14:39-2Q Hanson FG20 DET 7:02-2Q Morton 31 pass from Mitchell (Hanson kick) DET 8:06-3Q Hanson FG29 DET 3:42-3Q Moore 3 pass from Mitchell (Hanson kick)
Trent Dilfer guided the Bucs 67 yards to the Detroit four-yard line on Tampa Bay’s second possession of the game, but Blades picked off a third-and-four pass intended for LeRoy Thompson and returned it 98 yards for a Lion score, in the process recording the longest interception return ever against Tampa Bay.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Brooks 14-37, Alstott 8-31, Dilfer 3-2, Thompson 1-0. LIONS: Sanders 15-73, Rivers 9-57, Mitchell 1-4, Majkowski 1-(- 1), Morton 1-(-4). PASSING BUCS: Dilfer 26-14-119-2-0, Weldon 5-2-51-1-0. LIONS: Mitchell 32-21-230-0-2, Majkowski 1-1-8-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Harper 4-41, Alstott 4-30, Moore 3-17, Thompson 2-21, Ellison 1-42, Hawkins 1-12, Harris 1-7. LIONS: Moore 9-104, Perriman 5-42, Morton 3-58, Sanders 2- 17, Metzelaars 2-9, Matthews 1-8. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. LIONS: Blades 1-98, Malone 1-5, McNeil 1-1. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Silvan 5-114. LIONS:  Milburn 1-24. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Silvan 1-14. LIONS:  Milburn 1-13. SACKS BUCS: Marts 1-7, Sapp 1-6, Upshaw 1-4. LIONS:  Bonham 1-9, Porcher 1-5.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 69 Pierson DE 72 Ahanotu LG 64 Diaz DT 77 Culpepper C 61 Mayberry DT 99 Sapp RG 62 Beckles DE 73 Upshaw RT 79 Riesenberg MLB 56 Nickerson TE 83 Moore RLB 55 Brooks WR 80 Harper DB 21 Abraham 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, 11 Weldon, 23 Bouie, 27 Austin, 28 Rusk, 29 Gant, 34 Thompson, 37 Ellison, 43 Johnson, 50 Gooch, 51 Marts, 70 Odom, 71 Adams, 78 Jones, 81 Harris, 82 Tate, 84 Thomas, 86 Williams, 87 Silvan, 90 Maniecki, 91 Smith, 97 Jackson DID NOT PLAY 68 Crisman INACTIVE 13 Milanovich, 45 Legette, 54 Stephens, 60 Pyne, 74 Gruber, 75 Curry, 93 DuBose
COMMENTARY CREW Sam Rosen and Ron Pitts