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Buccaneers best and worst: game 5


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 1, 2000

BEST -- TAMPA BAY 42, CHICAGO 35, OCT. 8, 1989: The Bears had won 12 straight against the Bucs, five straight division titles and were 56-11 since 1985. Tampa Bay was 23-76 since 1983 but improved to 3-2 with this record-setting outburst. Lars Tate (18 carries, 112 yards), Bruce Hill (six receptions, 107 yards) and Mark Carrier (six receptions, 105 yards) gave Tampa Bay three 100-yard performers for the first time in club history, thrilling a then-record crowd of 72,077. Second-year tackle Paul Gruber held Richard Dent to one tackle and no sacks and the Bucs led 21-0 less than a minute into the second quarter. Said linebacker Ervin Randle afterward: "I didn't think the Bears were as great as everyone said they were." He was not just talking trash as Chicago went 2-9 the rest of the way. Unfortunately, so did the Bucs. But for one day ...

WORST -- GREEN BAY 55, TAMPA BAY 14, OCT. 2, 1983: Amazingly, the game was not as close as the score indicated. The host Packers led 49-7 at halftime thanks to a 35-point second quarter. The first-half touchdown onslaught included a 90-yard punt return, 75- and 57-yard passes and interception and fumble returns. No NFL team has allowed more points in a half. Green Bay gained 519 yards, at the time the most the Bucs had allowed in regulation. Coach John McKay had lost 68 games, but the 69th particularly grated him. He made a very short postgame statement, then walked away, only to be asked by a Milwaukee reporter if there was a reason for his team's poor play. "Get the hell away from me before I punch you in the mouth," McKay snapped.

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