Green Bay Packers (8-5-1) 17, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9) 7
Sunday December 3rd 1978 (at Tampa Bay)
The Buccaneers' Lee Roy Selmon closes in on David Whitehurst in a late-season game in Tampa Bay. The Bucs had the most possession time and the longest scoring drive in their short team history up to this point, but Green Bay prevailed to keep its division title hopes alive.
(TAMPA BAY) - David Whitehurst completed 13 of 19 passes, including a 10-yard touchdown to James Lofton, as the Green Bay Packers defeated the crippled Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-7. The victory gave the Packers an 8-5-1 record. The loss eliminated the 5-9 Bucs from playoff contention. Whitehurst, who has thrown six of his nine touchdown passes to Lofton, gave the Packers a 7-0 lead that was quickly followed by Chester Marcol's 27-yard field goal at 5:52 of the first period. Barty Smith added a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter for Green Bay. Tampa's only score was a 14-yard run by George Ragsdale. The Bucs, with their entire starting backfield and two offensive linemen sidelined with injuries, received three more injuries in the game. Defensive star Lee Roy Selmon and K Neil O'Donoghue both left the game with minor knee ailments and were unable to return. Ragsdale, a second-year pro who entered the game with only 45 career yards rushing, gained 70 yards on 12 carries, but left the game early in the third quarter with an injured right shoulder and did not return.
GREEN BAY - 10  7  0  0 - 17
TAMPA BAY -  0  7  0  0 -  7
                       GREEN BAY     TAMPA BAY
First downs                   11            20
Rush-yards-TDs           30-65-1      40-177-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-19-113-1-1 14-32-178-0-2
Sacked-yards                 1-5          5-34
Net pass yards               108           144
Total yards                  173           321
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           3-1
Turnovers                      1             3
Penalties-yards             4-29          6-58
SCORING
1st - GB - Lofton, 10-yard pass from Whitehurst (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Marcol, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - TB - George Ragsdale, 14-yard run (Neil O'Donoghue kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - GB - Smith, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 12-30, Barty Smith 8-21 1 TD, Jim Culbreath 2-9, Nate Simpson 2-5, Eric Torkelson 2-5, David Whitehurst 4-(-3)
TAMPA BAY - George Ragsdale 12-70 1 TD, Mike Rae 5-29, Louis Carter 12-29, Johnny Davis 5-21, Charlie White 5-16, Larry Mucker 1-12
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 19-13-113 1 TD 1 INT
TAMPA BAY - Mike Rae 31-14-178 2 INT, Louis Carter 1-0-0
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 3-39 1 TD, Barty Smith 3-21, Terdell Middleton 3-20, Aundra Thompson 2-23, Eric Torkelson 1-5, Rich McGeorge 1-5
TAMPA BAY - Louis Carter 6-66, Morris Owens 3-38, Charlie White 2-31, Jimmie Giles 2-25, John McKay 1-18
Green Bay Packers defensive back Willie Buchanon (21)
Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Butler (77) on the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers