Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 Detroit Lions 23
Sunday 18 December 1983 at the Silverdome
TB 1:13-1Q J.Bell 4 pass from Thompson (Warnke kick)
DET 10:02-2Q Sims 3 run (Murray kick)
DET 3:49-2Q Murray FG34
TB 1:12-2Q House 20 pass from Thompson (kick failed)
DET 10:27-3Q Murray FG36
DET 8:52-4Q Murray FG38
DET 2:32-4Q Chadwick 6 pass from Danielson (Murray kick)
TB 1:22-4Q Carter 13 pass from Thompson (Yarno kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Carver 23-44, Thompson 1-0.
LIONS: Jones 14-69, Sims 15-56, Bussey 1-6, Danielson 2-0.
PASSING
BUCS: Thompson 42-28-373-1-3.
LIONS: Danielson 12-9-143-0-0, Hipple 15-9-80-0-0, Jones 1-0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING
BUCS: House 8-136, Carver 8-67,Carter 5-82, J.Bell 3-49, Tyler 1-16, T.Bell 1-13, Armstrong 1-5, Witte 1-5.
LIONS: Sims 5-81, Jones 5-38, Chadwick 4-46, Rubick 2-21, Thompson 1-23, Nichols 1-14.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: none.
LIONS: Cobb 1-13.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Owens 4-47, Middleton 1-10, Armstrong 1-10.
LIONS: Hall 2-51, Jenkins 1-19.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: T.Bell 1-7, Holt 1-0.
LIONS: Martin 1-5.
SACKS
BUCS: Brantley 1-11, Cannon 1-5.
LIONS: Green 1-9, English 1-9, Cofer 1-6.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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Kicking problems again proved instrumental in frustrating the Bucs in their 1983 season finale. Bill Capece had been replaced by free agent signing Dave Warnke, but after he made his first extra point, he missed the next one and a short fieldgoal as well.

The final extra point of the season was converted by offensive tackle George Yarno who at nearly 300 pounds, is probably the heaviest player ever to kick in the NFL. Jack Thompson passed for the then-second highest yardage total in team history but the NFC Champion Lions hung on to win.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT75 Reavis LDE66 Reese
LG72 Snell NT76 Logan
C60 Grimes RDE78 Cannon
RG62 Farrell LOLB51 Judie
RT68 Yarno LILB55 Spradlin
TE85 Witte RILB52 Brantley
TE82 J Bell ROLB53 Green
WR89 House LCB21 Holt
FB46 Armstrong SS33 Cotney
RB28 Carver FS43 Reece
QB14 Thompson RCB40 Washington
SUBSTITUTIONS
1 Morton, 2 Warnke, 5 Garcia, 22 Smith, 23 Castille, 26 Owens, 24 Morris, 41 Thomas, 44 Middleton, 54 Wood, 56 Thompson, 57 Leonard, 58 Davis, 69 Arbubakrr, 77 Bujnoch, 81 Tyler, 83 T Bell, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White
DID NOT PLAY
7 Komlo, 11 Golsteyn, 63 Selmon, 70 Thomas, 74 Sanders, 88 Giles
INACTIVE
3 Capece