ON THIS DAY IN BUC HISTORYSeptember 30, 1979 - McKay’s Men go to 5-0Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 Chicago Bears 13 Click here for the BUCPOWER game screen - stats and picturesAnd then it was five. The Bucs had the best record in the NFL thanks to a 54-yard, 10-play drive in the fourth quarter that ended with Doug Williams 8-yard scoring pass to Isaac Hagins with 5:07 remaining.This touchdown opened the scoring and has Jerry Eckwood heading down the sideline with a phalanx of blockers in front of him running the old USC play of “Student Body Right”. Nothing vindicted John McKay more than his I-formation offense finally proving successful in the NFL.Interceptions by Jeris White and Cedric Brown stopped the final two Chicago drives to secure a win that proved decisive in tie-breaker scenarios at the end of the season.
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PAST MEETINGS WITH THE BRONCOSThe all-time series with the Broncos is currently led 6-2 by the Mile High team following their wins in the last three meetings. The two teams will only meet once every four years under the NFL’s inter-conference scheduling with the next meeting taking place in Tampa on Sunday.The 1976 encounter was memorable for many reasons as the expansion Bucs led 13-10 in the third quarter before the Broncos ran away with things. John McKay got into a verbal spat with Denver’s head coach John Ralston and ordered the team coaches to leave almost immediately. Owner Hugh Culverhouse missed the last one and wound up running down the road throwing stones at the coach trying to get it to stop.The Bucs lost the last game in 2012, a 31-23 defeat behind Josh Freeman and against Peyton Manning that was not ever as the score might at first indicate.Click here to review all of the past match-ups with the Broncos