Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 New England Patriots 31
Sunday 12 December 1976 at Tampa Stadium
TB 13:37-2Q Williams 17 run (Green kick)
NE 13:17-2Q Johnson 69 run (Smith kick)
TB 2:52-2Q Owens 27 pass from Spurrier (Green kick)
NE 4:59-3Q Johnson 9 run (Smith kick)
NE 6:15-4Q Hunt 68 interception return (Smith kick)
NE 2:41-4Q Smith FG30
NE 0:04-4Q Grogan 1 run (Zabel kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Williams 15-58, Carter 14-32, McNeill 6-19, Spurrier 4-13, Johnson 4-5, DuBose 1-4, Pagac 1-4.
PATRIOTS: Johnson 14-127, Calhoun 12-68, Cunningham 6-39, Phillips 3-22, Grogan 3-2, Burks 1-2.
PASSING
BUCS: Spurrier 17-12-145-1-1, Carter 1-0-0-0-0.
PATRIOTS: Grogan 14-4-40-1-0.
RECEIVING
BUCS: Williams 4-33, Novak 3-55, Johnson 2-9, Owens 1-27, Smith 1-16, DuBose 1-5.
PATRIOTS: Burks 1-17, Calhoun 1-12, Vataha 1-8, Cunningham 1-3.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: Stone 1-26.
PATRIOTS: Hunt 1-68.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Douglas 3-85, Johnson 2-51.
OPPONENTS: Calhoun 2-31, Conn 1-26.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Douglas 4-78.
OPPONENTS: Haynes 3-53.
SACKS
BUCS: none.
OPPONENTS: Tipton 1-12.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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The Bucs were tied at 14-14 in the fourth quarter and were driving for the go-ahead score when Sam Hunt intercepted Steve Spurrier and returned it for a touchdown. British kicker and future Channel 4 TV presenter John Smith added a fieldgoal to extend the lead later in the final period.

The Buccaneer scoring came in the second period when Ed Williams bulled into the endzone from 17 yards out and Spurrier found receiver Morris Owens alone in the endzone from 27 yards out when a defensive back fell down.

John McKay's take on the game:" We are 0-14, I can't say much more than that. I'll probably take a little time off and go and hide somewhere."
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT71 Young LDE78 Rudolph
LG72 Fest DT65 Moore
C51 Ryczek DT64 Robinson
RG67 Alward RDE66 Toomay
RT74 Current LLB54 Wood
TE80 Novak MLB59 Lemon
WR85 Owens RLB55 Sims
WR89 McKay LCB25 Jordan
FB43 Williams SS33 Cotney
RB19 Johnson FS28 Stone
QB11 Spurrier RCB24 Word
SUBSTITUTIONS
4 Green, 20 Pierson, 22 McNeill, 27 Davis, 30 Gunn, 32 Carter, 34 Brown, 35 DuBose, 52 Reese, 53 Ball, 69 McAleney, 70 Young, 79 Wilson, 82 Pagac, 84 Douglas, 86 Moore, 88 Smith
DID NOT PLAY
5 Hanratty, 77 Little
INACTIVE
21 Martin, 61 DSelmon, 76 Pear, 81 Jennings