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Quick hits

By Compiled by ERNEST HOOPER

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 19, 2000


-- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson sang the national anthem. The circus also provided halftime entertainment in the form of Bo the Elephant and Bello the comic daredevil.

-- Mike Alstott started for the first time in four games and got the first carry. Alstott had been sidelined with a knee injury since the Nov. 18 game against Chicago.

-- George Hegamin made his first start of the season in place of injured left tackle Pete Pierson. Pierson was hampered with a left calf pull and did not dress for the game.

-- Entering the game, the Rams held an 8-3 regular-season advantage in the all-time series. They also have victories over the Bucs in the 1999 and 1979 NFC Championship games.

-- Before kickoff, the Bucs had a three-year record of 18-5 in Raymond James Stadium.

-- Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber came up with his second interception of the season in the first quarter of Monday's game. Barber now has six career picks.

-- Marshall Faulk's 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter marked the first time in nine games the Bucs had given up a touchdown in the opening period. Daunte Culpepper's 27-yard touchdown run in Week 6 was the last first-quarter TD allowed by Tampa Bay.

-- The Bucs have allowed only 32 points in the first quarter this season, while scoring 88.

-- With 55 receiving yards in the first quarter, Keyshawn Johnson quickly established Monday's game as his sixth best outing as a Buc. -- Ricky Proehl had his only touchdown catch of the season in the '99 NFC Championship Game. He had his longest reception of the 2000 season in Monday night's game against the Bucs, a 28-yarder in the second quarter.

-- Shaun King had his first touchdown pass in 19 quarters when he threw 8 yards to Johnson.

-- Martin Gramatica set a single-season record with his 39th point after touchdown in the second quarter. The mark was 38 by Obed Ariri in 1984.

-- King had 15 passing attempts in each of the past two games, but by the end of the first half, he already had attempted 16 passes. -- Johnson had two touchdown receptions in the first half, tying his career high.

-- The Bucs tied a single-season record with their 40th touchdown of the season in the first half. The 1994 team set the standard. -- The Bucs 181 passing yards at the half was more than they've had in 10 entire games this season, and the most since the Oct. 29 game against Minnesota.

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