Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22 Minnesota Vikings 23
Sunday 25 November 1979 at Tampa Stadium
TB9:39-1Q Bell 2 run (kick blocked)
TB13:23-2Q O'Donoghue FG20
MIN1:48-2Q LeCount 26 pass from Kramer (Danmeier kick)
MIN0:20-2Q Rashad 32 pass from Kramer (Danmeier kick)
MIN13:45-3Q Danmeier FG44
TB9:03-3Q Davis 16 run (O'Donoghue kick)
MIN3:12-3Q Young 3 pass from Kramer (kick failed)
TB0:19-4Q Williams 13 run (kick blocked)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Bell 28-101, J.Davis 8-43, Williams 6-39.
VIKINGS: Brown 12-52, Young 10-45, White 1-6, McClanahan 1-4, Miller 2-2, Kramer 3-(-1).
PASSING
BUCS: Williams 38-19-242-0-0.
VIKINGS: Kramer 26-15-158-0-3.
RECEIVING
BUCS: Owens 4-66, Bell 4-43, Mucker 3-48, Hagins 3-37, Giles 1-28, Obradovich 2-24, J.Davis 1-3, Eckwood 1-(-7).
VIKINGS: Rashad 6-93, Brown 4-13, Tucker 2-17, Young 2-9, LeCount 1-26.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: none.
VIKINGS: none.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Ragsdale 5-113.
OPPONENTS: Edwards 3-132.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Reece 2-2.
OPPONENTS: Edwards 3-8.
SACKS
BUCS: none.
OPPONENTS: none.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Click here for the gamebook and the play-by-play
Click here for Jim Selman's report on the game
Click here for Tom McEwen's morning-after column
Click here for then Florida-Governor Bob Graham's special article
With a chance to clinch a playoff berth, the old Bucs returned to haunt the 1979 version as they managed to miss three short kicks including two extra points, and a punt, in losing by a single point to division rival Minnesota.

The Bucs gained 425 yards in offense, their most ever, and Ricky Bell went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark but it was all to no avail.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT75 Reavis LDE60 Chambers
LG64 Horton NT71 Crowder
C50 Wilson RDE63 Selmon
RG61 Roberts LOLB57 Lewis
RT73 Hannah LILB58 Selmon
WR81 Hagins RILB54 Wood
WR85 Owens ROLB56 Johnson
TE88 Giles LCB45 White
TE86 Obradovich SS33 Cotney
RB42 Bell FS34 Brown
QB12 Williams RCB40 Washington
SUBSTITUTIONS
6 O'Donoghue, 16 Blanchard, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 27 T Davis, 36 Berns, 38 J Davis, 43 Eckwood, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 66 Yarno, 69 Austin, 70 Carlton, 74 Sanders, 76 Logan, 77 Kollar, 79 Lewis, 84 Jones, 87 Mucker
DID NOT PLAY
14 Fusina, 15 Rae
INACTIVE