ON THIS DAY IN BUCCANEER HISTORYTampa Bay Buccaneers 15 Detroit Lions 12Dec 9, 2001 - KEYSHAWN SAVES THE DAYClick here for the game screen, reports, stats and picturesSo the Bucs were playing an 0-11 team at home against a rookie quarterback and were favoured by about 14 on the spread. Naturally Clyde Christensen's offense struggled all day and only won the game in the final minute on Keyshawn Johnson's only TD reception of the season. In spite of this being his only score, he did set a franchise record with 106 receptions in a single season, a mark that stands to this day. Irrespective of his off-field and sideline antics, his presence was necessary for the Buccaneer offense in the Super Bowl year and his trade to Dallas did bring a far better replacement in Joey Galloway.The 2001 Bucs moved to 7-5 with this win and would wind up with a wild card mark facing a trip to Philadelphia. That would unfortuntately prove to be Tony Dungy’s final game as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
THE BUCPOWER ADVENT CALENDARThis is a traditional feature where each day until Christmas, I will show you a picture of a past or present Buccaneer and you have to identify them. No prizes but the chance for some bragging rights. Yesterday’s answer - Earnest GrahamBut how about today’s picture - who is this former Buc with other Tampa connections?
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WHEN THE BUCS BEAT THE SAINTS FOR THEIR FIRST WINThe recent NFL Network Timeline program on the 0-26 Bucs featured this memorable moment in franchise history and it came at the expense of the New Orleans Saints. The Bucs tied an NFL record with three interceptions returned for touchdowns in one game and at one point in the fourth quarter, had a 26-0 lead. For twenty years, the 19 point spread remained the team record for largest margin of victory on the road. John McKay proclaimed, "I thought it was the greatest victory in the history of the world." Click here for the BUCPOWER.COM game screen with reports, stats and video highlights from the victorySaints QB Archie Manning had said it would be a disgrace to lose to the Bucs and McKay used to fire up his defense. "We wanted to get ahead and put the pressure on them," said Saints’ coach Hank Stram. "Instead, they did it to us and the nightmare began.” The Bucs trail the all-time series with New Orleans 30-18 with only one win in the last five years, the road victory at the beginning of last season. But nothing will ever be as sweet as that first franchise victory in the SuperDome, a game whose anniversary we reach on the day of the next encounter this weekend.