Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 St.Louis Rams 35December 18, 2000 - What a Monday nightClick here for game reports and video highlights from this gameOne of the greatest Monday Night games in the seriesí long history that had been earmarked as a potential defensive struggle after the Ramsí narrow 11-6 win in the NFC Championship game 11 months earlier. But both offenses exploded for over 400 yards each and touchdowns and big plays galore although it was the Tampa defense that had the final word when John Lynch intercepted Kurt Warner with 25 seconds remaining.Warrick Dunn put the Bucs ahead for good with 48 seconds left but it was his efforts on an incredible sandlot play on that drive that made all the highlight reels. After losing 14 yards on a swing pass from Shaun King, he pitched the ball backward to his quarterback, who scampered 29 yards for a first down. "All I heard was King yelling, "Dunn! Dunn! Dunn!' It was unbelievable," Frank Middleton said.King threw a pair of touchdown passes to Keyshawn Johnson and Dunn weighed in with two other scores to gain plaudits from his head coach. "Warrick was fantastic," Tony Dungy said. "It's the kind of thing you're used to seeing with Barry Sanders. The more opportunities he gets the ball, the better the chance he'll make a big play. He made things happen tonight. Nothing he does surprises me. I watched him at Florida State and four years here. He's just special."
THE BUCPOWER.COM ADVENT CALENDARThis a long-standing tradition on this site - each day we show a former Buc player and you have to guess who it is. For 2017, we will feature the receivers to have played for the Buccaneers dating back to the very first game in franchise history.December 18th - who is this?Yesterday - Craig Erickson
The Booger is 40 today! Anthony McFarland was a 1st round pick in 1999 and spent eight seasons with the Bucs before moving into a very good career as a TV analyst. Happy birthday to him! Also celebrating today are former Bucs Rick Moser (1982) who is 61 and S Donte Nicholson (2005-08) who is 36.
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THE BUCS ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALLThis will be the 21st time the Bucs have appeared on the iconic show dating back to their debut in Soldier Field in 1980. They have also played in other incarnations of the show on Thursday and Saturday night editions but purely on Moinday nights, they own an 11-9 all-time record. Their last appearance was a win over the Carolina Panthers in October 2016.Monday 6 October 2003 at Raymond James Stadium Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35 Indianapolis Colts 38Coming off their Super Bowl victory, the Bucs were given three Monday night games as a result of their popularity, a series that began with their season-opening victory in Philadelphia that opened Lincoln Financial Field. But their Week 4 game with the Indianapolis Colts would signal the beginning of the Super Bowl hangover for Jon Gruden's team.The Colts arrived in Tampa with a familiar face coaching them, Tony Dungy swopping his pewter colours for the white and blue. When he found his team 35-14 down with six minutes left after another Ronde Barber interception TD, he turned to the one weapon he never had in Tampa, a game-winning quarterback.Peyton Manning led three late drives and the Colts tied the scores on Ricky Williams' touchdown run with 1:37 remaining. In overtime, he moved the Colts into position for Mike Vanderjagt's fieldgoal which sailed wide right. But the Bucs' Simeon Rice was called for a rare leaping penalty and the Indianapolis kicker made no mistake second time round to send the Bucs to a defeat which would haunt them for the rest of the year."The call was leaping" said referee Johnny Grier, who said umpire Ed Coukart made the call. "Leaping is when a player starting more than one yard off the line of scrimmage moving forward and jumping up and landing on a player."